Astrocups - The perfect Christmas present for Astro-Fans!

Happy Christmas to everyone! Well, if you are still looking for an astronomy related Christmas present you are¬†probably a little late this year ūüėÄ 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 √ó 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

2. The "Good night Cup"
The "Good night cup" has images of Jupiter, Saturn, our moon and the sun. The photo of the sun has been taken during the partial solar eclipse in March 2015. The moon is a small version of the moon mosaic recorded in July 2015. Download


3. The "Star-gazer Cup"
Finally, the Star-gazer cup reminds me on the time I spent on La Palma. The cup is white since the sky is already dark enough there...
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Clear skies!

Last updated: December 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

Beauty of space - My best astro-images in 2013

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).

Jupiter and some of his moons

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... ūüôā

One of the images below has been taken without a barlow lens and one with a 2x Powermate TeleVue barlow lens. For stacking the images I used the Registax tool. Last updated: December 20, 2015 at 17:42 pm