Galaxies in Leo, M 65, M 66, NGC 3628, NGC 3893 among many others in the backgroud. Astro-Professional 80mm ED f/7 with 0.8x reducer, 53x120s (1h46m), ISO 400, Nikon Z6 – definitely not enough focal length for this subjectRead More
A late friend of mine owned a Zeiss AS 63mm lens, it took me a while to figure out all the details, as it is not mounted in the original cell, but in a custom machined one, and the tube loooks like it is self-built too.
In the process of establishing the quality of the lens I took these images with a QHY5L-IIc camera in prime focus configuration. As the conditions were very changeable because of passing clouds, the brightness of the images had to be adjusted individually, color saturation has been enhanced.Read More
In 1998 I created this GIF animation showing the effects of the earths atmosphere on an image of the moon:Read More
The flaming star nebula IC405 is visible at the upper right in this image, it is a cloud of glowing hydrogen excited by the very hot O-type star AE Aurigae. AE Aurigae is believed to be a former member of a multiple star in the trapezium of Orion. When two binary stars got too close to each other, AE Auriga and presumably also Mu Columbae got ejected. It is now a high velocity star just passing through this gaseous region in the constellation Auriga.Read More
The imaging session was cut short by clouds, resulting in less than two hours of exposure timeRead More
To be able to use a wide field with nebulosity in the constellation Orion I used the unmodified Nikon Z6 in combination with a 35nm h-alpha filter to be able to show the faint hydrogen clouds which are visible here.Read More
I tried to use a break in the clouds to photograph a long-time favourit of mine, the Taurus Molecular Cloud TMC. The conditions were far from optimal with some slight fog and clouds passing through, but after throwing away quite a few frames, I ended up with this version.Read More
Sometimes IC1848 is also called the soul nebula, can you see why? This is my longest exposure yet. The 35mm h-alpha filter allowed to bring out the faint nebulosity in spite of the nearly full moon.
IC 1805 is a cloud of glowing hydrogen in the constellation Perseus. The gas is ionized by the hot young stars of the cluster Melotte 15 at the nebula’s center.Read More
The North America (NGC7000) and Pelican Nebula (IC7000) get their iconic shapes from an obscuring cloud of dust that is silhouetted against the glowing cloud of ionized hydrogen.Read More