Me and my family spend the night of August 11th on the Gamserrugg mountain (2075m, 6811ft elevation) in Switzerland, where a friend works as the shepherd during summer. Read More
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is a short period comet of the Jupiter family.
This year’s apparition is quite favourable, as it places the comet in the evning sky. Best visibility should be around September 11th, where it should almost become naked eye visible. In binoculars or a telescope it is already a nice view. I observed it with the 127mm refractor, where it visually showed a short tail. Read More
Modern lenses provide pinpoint stars in nighsky photos, But this reduces all stars to small points, constellations are almost unrecognizable.
This is an image which is a part of a timelapse sequence taken with a Sony #RX100 IV camera. Mars, Saturn and the Milky Way are clearly visible.
The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century took place during our vacation in Corsica, here are some shots taken from the beach:
Since this was a camping vacation I only had minimal gear with me, a Sony RX100 IV compact camera, and my wife’s Olympus E-PL5 with the kit zoom lenses. The 40-150mm is equivalent to 300mm on full-frame cameras, so the close-ups are cropped heavily.
Some Jupiter images with the 5″ refractor and the 8″ Newtonian…
Last night I photographed the same lunar regions through 3 different telescopes:
- Astro-Professional 80mm ED f/7
- Astro-Physics 127mm f/8 refractor
- GSO 200mm f/5 Newtonian
Today I pointed the 20cm Newtonian telescope again towards the moon. Shortly after first quarter quite a few nice landscapes are visible.
All images were captured as 120s AVI files using a 3x Barlow lens and the QHY5IIc camera.
The 20cm Newtonian telescope in combination with the Televue 3x Barlow show a wealth of detail on the moon.
I haven’t photographed the moon at this age, so here are some new lunar features for me. Read More