Astrophotography by Philipp Salzgeber

 

 

Philipp
Salzgeber

Wolfurt / Austria

Astrophotography


A Six inch TMB Apo (which proved to be raintight!) on a Lichtenknecker MB100 mount. Coolpix 4500.

The 18th ITT
'Internationales Teleskoptreffen'

Emberger Alm / Carinthia / Austria, 4.-6.10.2002

Organized by Wolfgang Ransburg the owner of www.teleskop-service.de, the ITT is beside the ITV (Internationales Teleskoptreffen am Vogelsberg) the most important Star-Party in central Europe. The title is not an empty phrase. I have met people from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary and Slovenia, during the two days (Friday afternoon until Sunday morning) I attended the meeting. Sadly the weather did not cooperate with my visit. The people who stayed the whole week had very good weather in the first half, but conditions deteriorated on Thursday, and Friday only the last third of the night was clear. Saturday night was also clouded out. This was my first Star-Party, so bear with my enthusiasm for the variety of scopes which were presented by their owners and some dealers.

Beside Wolfgang Ransburg, Markus Ludes of APM Telescopes, Martin Birkmaier (Intercon Spacetec) and Astro-Optik von Bergen were also present.

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This is an all-sky image done with the EC-8 fisheye converter on my Coolpix 4500 on Saturday morning. The zodiacal light is visble as a brightening below Jupiter in the East (lower left side of image). When clicking on the image above you will get a version with the original brightness levels.

NEW: 360° All-Sky Panorama
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Russian Flak-Fernglas (Anti-Aircraft Binocular) 20x140 brought by Markus Ludes of APM
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This binocular is VERY heavy. The image is slightly yellow. One guy commented after looking into the Objective lenses, that it looks as a dentist´s waiting room - whatever that may mean...
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A nice 80mm f/6 TMB apochromat. The dual-speed Feather Touch Focuser is very smooth and precise
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Markus Ludes brought this APM 6" Apo in a custom tube on a Lichtenknecker mount.
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The 140mm Coronado H-Alpha filter used with a Baader binocular viewer provided breathtaking views of the sun.
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Markus Ludes taking images of the sun in H-Alpha with a digital SLR camera.
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Takahashi Sky 90 and Televue 76, two cute little Apos.
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When I saw the huge 2" Kellners, I had to dig out my "eyepiece from hell", a 40mm 0.96" inch Celstron Kellner here with it´s younger cousin a 42mm 2" Kellner at a dealer´s table.
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Martin Birkmaier explaining a multi-height observing stool. It provides heights from 10 to 50cm
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Martin Birkmaier´s 20" dobson telescope. His commercially produced dobsons are highly estimated among the german Amateur community.
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Miyauchi 20x100
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The big Fujinon binoculars never fail to impress the onlookers, by it´s sheer size and (of course) it´s price tag
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The tripod is from a G-11 mount.
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Fornax 50 a heavy duty mount from Hungary.
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The ITT is spread across the mountain. Here is the 'upper telescope field'
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Astro Optik von Bergen brought this 400mm Ninja Dobson. The OTA can be disassembled in three parts, so it is transportable in a compact car.
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Wolfgang Ransburg, at left, presenting a couple of bargain eyepieces and accessories. He also showed the new HEQ-5 mount of chinese origin.
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Stathis Kafalis setting up his light-weight, thin mirror 24" Dob, Kyklopas
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The "tiny" 4" Finder in the secondary cage of Stathis´ 24" Kyklopas.
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Patrick Woitala´s 14" lightweight Dobson is commercially available through Wolfgang Ransburg.
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It´s design and construction make for a very usable and elegant telescope.
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Patrick Woitala is seen here carrying the telesope in his arms.
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This 6" dob made by Patrick Woitala only weighs about 3kg. I saw M2 through it. This design really got me thinking...
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The 6" beside the 14" by Patrick Woitala
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After building a CCD camera for himself electrical engineer Gerhard Fischer is now starting to produce a small series of his Nova 237 camera.
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The camera is temperature controlled and features a 658x496 pixel TC237B CCD chip.
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A nicely crafted 10" Dob.
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A heavily modified Meade Starsplitter telescope on a Vixen Saturn mount, by Christian Novak.
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He even casted the massive aluminium parts by himself!
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Makes for easy collimation
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This focuser is a piece of art!
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120mm f/8 Achromatic Refractor owned by Michael Semler,
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His funny-looking sun-projection setup worked very well.
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Ernst Schöberl presenting his all-carbon "Flying Dobson"
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Carbon-Sandwich, 15" f/5 Sitall mirror (15.2kg), the complete structure weighs 23.5kg. Even the finderscope is (except the lenses...) completely made out of carbon material.
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The single screwdriver needed for assembly is made of: Carbon!
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Made of Carbon and Aluminium this telescope is named "Christina" and was made by Christoph Ries.
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Matthias Wirth watching Venus through his self-built TMB 9" f/9 Apo.
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Stathis Kafalis enjoying Venus through this unusal and exclusive instrument
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The folded refractor is mounted Dobson-style
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Venus through the 9" Apo
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Televue 76 with white-light solar filter, bino-viewer and Tele-Vue eyepieces, nice!
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Markus Ludes sharing H-alpha views of the Sun.
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Bernd Häusler and his 12" LX200.
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Venus through the 12" LX200
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Rolf Eckert brought an APQ 130 from Zeiss in a self build tube on a self built mount.
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finely adjustable legs faciliate polar alignment.
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Rolf Eckert has obviously put a lot of attention to details.
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Venus through the APQ 130
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Kurt Schreckling´s telescope in solar observation mode.
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A Takahashi FS-102 on a Astrophysics 400 mount. Attractive setup.
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The Sun through a stopped down Synta 150/750 achromat, with Baader Solar Film.
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Driving home...




 


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