This december Jupiter and Saturns position in the sky are very close. This is a very rare event. I hiked above the fog to capture it before clouds rolled in for the next few days.Read More
Surprisingly tonight the sky was reasonably clear, so I set up the Vixen Polarie with the Takahashi FS-60CB on top.Read More
With the Z6 now my main camera for general photography I sent of my trusty Nikon D750 to modify it by filter removal. The camera is now still fully functional, but he color temperature settings are off, and red response has changed significantly. With the ongoing bad weather I was happy to have an evening with reasonably clear skies and set up the Baby Tak on the Vixen Polarie with the D750a using an L-enhance filter. While the camera capturing 30s exposures I used another scope on the big mount to photograph Mars.Read More
Image of Jupiter and Saturn from 2020Read More
M16 has become famous with the famous image of the Hubble telescope showing the pillars of creation. They are also visible in the center of the image below.
This was a first, quick test with the 0,75x reducer (27TVPH) – but I think focus was not good, so my judgement about the quality of the image the focuser delivers is not final yet.Read More
I find edge-on galaxies especially pleasing, I guess this is the reason while I return to NGC4565 so often.
While the images were captured, the Starlink satellites which launched yesterday passed almost through the Zenith. They were still very closely grouped, and changed dramatically in brightness when the culminated almost in the Zenith. Here are some images of that pass:
Soon after reaching their highest point in the sky, they entered Earth’s shadow and became unobservable.
Without an UV or deep violet filter, the Venusian atmosphere appears very bland, but the phase is very prominent in this image.