An article from in the “Dark Sky Travels Magazine”!

Recently Dark Sky Travels Magazine contacted me and asked if they could publish one of my blog articles in their magazine. The article describes how one can use DeepSkyStacker to stack conventional DSLR camera RGB frames. Of course I didn’t say no and in the end it just happened and I saw my article on page 42/43 in Issue 4 of the DarkSkyTravels magazine!

I am very happy about that opportunity and the chance to share my experience this way.

Thanks and clear skies!

Andromeda Galaxy (M31) – The first time from La Palma

LocationLa Palma / Spain
ObjectAndromeda Galaxy (M31)
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Luminance6x 600s, bin: 1x1
Red5x 150s, bin: 2x2
Green5x 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue5x 150s, bin: 2x2
Total exposure~1h38m

Tonight I again decided to image the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) – the first time from La Palma. The seeing tonight was very good – around 1.5~2″ which was extraordinary! Also the weather conditions as shown by La Palma HDMeteo were excellent. Back in 2013 I already imaged the Andromeda Galaxy with the same equipment but from Boeblingen.

It is interesting to see the difference here. For post-processing I used the free software DeepSkyStacker and GIMP. The full resolution images is available here.

Clear skies!

Last updated: June 16, 2022 at 11:57 am

Blood moon at Lake Constance

[full_width] Today there was the chance to observe a total lunar eclipse here at Lake Constance! Under a clear sky and at about 28°C after 10 o’clock in the evening the blood moon was perfectly visible. Right below the moon planet Mars was shining brightly. A lot of people were interested in seeing this phenomenon.

I recorded 2 pictures – one with the Fujifilm X-T1 and one with a Canon PowerShot SX710 HS. The zoom of this camera is extraordinary! With a small tripod and an exposure time of just 1 second I was able to get this result. Find the results of this evening below. [/full_width] [full_width]
[/full_width] [full_width] [/full_width] [full_width] See this image in full resolution here.

[/full_width] [full_width] [/full_width] [full_width] This image is also available in full resolution here. [/full_width]