Testing mobile guiding
Testing mobile guiding

10 October 2020

This time it was all about testing if my current power supply can support guiding on the field - an if so, for how long.

New Toy: ZWO ASI 120mm and Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope
New Toy: ZWO ASI 120mm and Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope

03 October 2020

I recently got the next upgrade to my astrophotography equipment: A guide scope and a dedicated guide camera.

Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula

12 September 2020

I was invited on an excursion to the Sternwarte Stumpertenrod. I took the opportunity to capture another version of the Veil Nebula. This time with a faster lens and at a darker location than the last time.

C/2020 F3 - Neowise
C/2020 F3 - Neowise

11 July 2020

It has been a long time since I have been out photographing the stars. It has been even longer since when I was out in the field with some friends. So last weekend we finally went out again to take pictures of this once in a lifetime event of Neowise visiting earth. In the remainder of this article, I will show some impressions of this little trip.

Bode's Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy
Bode's Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy

23 April 2020

My first ever image of the two galaxies M 81 and M 82 also known as Bode's Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy. Like with my last image of the Whirlpool Galaxy a longer focal length would be nice. But it came out quite nice.

Whirlpool Galaxy
Whirlpool Galaxy

19 April 2020

This is my latest attempt to photograph the Whirlpool Galaxy with relatively normal photographic gear.

M 101 Pinwheel Galaxy (under a 82% Moon)
M 101 Pinwheel Galaxy (under a 82% Moon)

04 April 2020

I already took an image of M 101 and I thought I would be able to get a somewhat decent image even under a nearly full moon. But boy have I been wrong and I hope to have learned at least some basic things for the future:

  • A moonlit night is not the right night to make deep sky images with any other than narrow band filters.
  • Galaxies (with the exception of M 31 and perhaps M 33) are no suitable targets for what an astrophotographer calls a wide-field image.

But apart from the fact that the final result is far from what I had hoped for - I certainly had fun and after all that's what it's all about.

Leo Triplet
Leo Triplet

24 March 2020

Galaxy Season is a hard time for those without a telescope or lenses with a massive focal length. This image of the Leo Triplet is my attempt to capture a somewhat decent image. The result however could use some improvement but I'll leave that for the years to come.

California Nebula
California Nebula

16 January 2020

On my search for deep sky targets that are suitable for a) the current season and b) the gear that I own I stumbled upon a site called Einfache und einfach zu findende Deep-Sky-Objekte für Anfänger. Beside the Orion and Rosette Nebula which I already shot, it also listed the California Nebula or NGC 1499 as a suitable target.

Back in the days when I just started out to dabble into astrophotography I already tried to capture this object with my very limited gear (no proper focussing aids and no star tracker). Of course this lead to no very satisfying result. But not this time. Taking the standard gear I use into account I am very pleased with the result.

Rosette Nebula
Rosette Nebula

01 January 2020

Two clear nights in close succession had to be used for some asto imaging. The Rosette Nebula was my second target for that night and lead by far to the better result. Sadly I made some beginner-mistakes while shooting my first target in the constellation of Auriga and the non-modified camera didn't pickup as much signal as I was hoping for.

Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

30 December 2019

After a very long time of either sickness or bad weather this was the first time we could visit our local dark site. And I finally got a chance to cross off an item of my bucket list for this season.

Pleiades
Pleiades

05 December 2019

This image is the result of the first clear night after having bought my latest addition to my collection of lenses which is the telephoto lens of the holy trinity. A fast 70-200 zoom lens.

I must admit, that I am a little bit underwhelmed by the result I got. This is mainly because of two reasons: First a sloppy polar alignment and second the way to short total integration time of only 29 minutes. I will have to put this object back on my bucket list for 2020 - then with a proper alignment and at least 2 hours of integration time.