Happy Christmas to everyone! Well, if you are still looking for an astronomy related Christmas present you are probably a little late this year 😀 But maybe you just found something for next year... Using some of my best images I composed some fancy "astrocups". Next time you prepare for your star-gazing event you should have one of these with you! To produce the cups I used the service of http://www.luebeckgeschenke.de/ (more exactly here). The images are designed for the "standard cup (white)" and the "black cup" with a dimension of 1496 × 630 pixels, 200x200 ppi. Here are the three best ones so far:
1. The "Black Hole Cup"
This cup symbolizes a black hole just like the center of M51 - the Whirlpool Galaxy which is printed on the cup. This image is the outcome of a long night in May 2015. Personally I think this cup is best suited for black coffee...Download
In this short video I summarized all the best astro images I made over the last year. Most of the images have been taken from Boeblingen using a 8" Newtonian telescope and an Atik383L+ camera. All the images are also available in full resolution on my website. The video has been composed using openshot, an open source video editor for linux (many thanks to the development team).
Tonight I imaged Jupiter and some of his moons - a relatively bright spot in the sky - with my DMK31AU03.AS "The Image Source" camera. This was the first time I saw Jupiter through a telescope. Fantastic! First I could not believe that the other bright spots around are some of his moons! Unfortunately I too excited to note down the camera setting this time... 🙂