Astrocups – The perfect Christmas present for Astro-Fans!

Merry 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 https://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, 200×200 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 Рthe 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…

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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.

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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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Last updated: June 16, 2022 at 21:24 pm

A quick visit at Saturn

While I was observing the moon I decided to quickly step by at Saturn. The image got better than I expected and so I am sharing it here ūüôā The Cassini Division (the thin black line in the ring) is clearly visible even at this low image resolution. The raw data was recorded with a DMK31AU03.AS camera and then post-processed with Registax.

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Last updated: June 16, 2022 at 22:53 pm

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).

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Last updated: June 20, 2022 at 21:24 pm

Saturn with DMK31AU03.AS

This is my very first try to take a photo of Saturn. This picture made it into my favorite pictures gallery.

Date2012/06/26
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectM33 (Triangulum Galaxy)
CameraDMK31AU03.AS
Guidingnone
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6Syntrek
Coolingnone
Luminance8x
Rednone
Greennone
Bluenone
Dark5x
Flatnone
Total exposure~1 sec.

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Last updated: June 22, 2022 at 21:10 pm