Some Jupiter images with the 5″ refractor and the 8″ Newtonian…
These are preliminary results of the Solar Eclipse 2017. Me and my family traveled to Madras Oregon, to observe the eclipse.
I will only be able to process the images when we get home after our vacation.
I got quite a few requests for the t-shirt I wore, here it is the link: https://teespring.com/solar-eclipse-t-shirt-madras-o. It is my own design.
These days the large sunspot AR2456 is very prominent on the sun’s disc:
The last time I wanted to do some deep-sky astrophotography, I ran into an issue with our astronomy club’s LXD-650 mount – immediately after switching it on the declination motor started to run at high speed.
After some research on the internet I was able to resolve the issue, by tweaking the setting on the potentiometer responsible for the declination encoder LED light.
While travelling to the Faroe islands or to Svalbard was out of the question, I was able to take a day off for the solar eclipse of March 20th 2015.
The Vorarlberger Amateur Astronomen (VAA) organized an eclipse observation in cooperation with the Pfänder-Bahn at the summit of the Pfänder mountain above Bregenz. Thanks to Kurt Gattnar, who managed the organization from the VAA side, we had a very enjoyable experience. Even carts for our equipment were available! Read More