Syria 2018: An interesting story still in my mind.

Syria 2018: An interesting story still in my mind.

Damascus – beautiful city. Lived their almost a full summer long time ago. Bombing Damacus. Makes me sick. In 1971 I travelled with two friends extensively in the Middle East, in particular Lebanon and Syria. I was very worried about Syria 2011 when suddenly the events escalated. The turned out exactly as...
First Light 130-mm-f/7-Apo-Triplett-Refraktor im TMB80 Vergleich

First Light 130-mm-f/7-Apo-Triplett-Refraktor im TMB80 Vergleich

Bei den gefallenen Preisen von grösseren APO’s erlaubte ich mir meiner Sammlung einen 130-mm-f/7-Apo-Triplett-Refraktor  mit Objektiv  FPL53 von Ohara (Japan) hinzuzufügen. Ich bin fotografisch wie auch visuell unterwegs, sicherlich nicht auf Profiniveau. Durch die 130mm Öffnung geht aber auch visuell einiges mehr. Sicherlich kann ich das Lichtsammelvermögen meines UK Orion...
Markante Konstellationen in der jeweiligen Jahreszeit

Markante Konstellationen in der jeweiligen Jahreszeit

Diese kleinen Himmelstouren beschreiben, wie man ausgehend vom Großen Wagen oder Kassiopeia die wichtigsten Sternbilder der jeweiligen Jahreszeit findet. Die Karten sind mit Stellarium erstellt und Orientierungslinien eingefügt. Den Großen Wagen und die Kassiopeia kann man als ersten Wegweiser am Nachthimmel bezeichnen. Sie sind beide zirkumpolar, also jede Nacht sichtbar...
The Ice Storm 1973 and the Erlkoenig today

The Ice Storm 1973 and the Erlkoenig today

Recently I saw a fantastic theater play “The Erlkoenig”, which was a German adaptation of the movie “The Ice Storm” by the Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee. In the movie 1973, suburban Connecticut, middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink and drugs find their lives out of control. Both scripts...
recent-events-2018

recent-events-2018

“Bescheidne Wahrheit sprech ich dir. // Wenn sich der Mensch, die kleine Narrenwelt, // Gewöhnlich für ein Ganzes hält.” — Vers 1346 ff. / Mephistopheles
24/7d Radio-Meteorscattering mit Hilfe des Graves Radars

24/7d Radio-Meteorscattering mit Hilfe des Graves Radars

Die hier beschriebene passive Radio-Meteorscatter Station dient zur kontinuierlichen, wetterunabhängigen Meteor Beobachtung. Viele Mitglieder “unserer” Amateur-Sternwarte pilgern am Perseiden und Geminiden Meteorstrom-Maximum  zum Schnuppenspechtelplatz “Höhe 1142” in den Alpen.  Aber neben dem gemeinschaftlichen ästhetischen Erlebnis der visuellen Meteorbeobachtung , nur möglich bei günstigen Wetter- und Mondbedingungen, betreibe ich und eine...
ISS Sun Transit erwischt

ISS Sun Transit erwischt

Ich hab die ISS als  dunkle Schatten vor Sonne erwischt! Zusammen mit einem Freund haben wir alles aufgebaut, und es blieb sogar noch etwas Zeit. Er hat mit einer externen Funkuhr den Takt gegeben(die sich wenige Stunden vorher ganz neu synchronisieren musste und mit zwei anderen verglichen wurde), um sehr genau...
Lucky imaging of planet, moon and sun with  Imaging Source DMK

Lucky imaging of planet, moon and sun with Imaging Source DMK

To try Lucky imaging of planet, moon and sun I traded up from a  “ToUCam” to a used very low end CCD camera from Imaging Source, almost for the price of a simple webcam.  I was aware, that the DMK22 is hardly used in in astro imaging, but I wanted to...
Electronically Assisted Astronomy with  Atik Infinity

Electronically Assisted Astronomy with Atik Infinity

Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) means here real-time (or nearly real-time) viewing of astronomical objects (usually deep sky) with an aid of electronic devices. Typically the term applies to DSLR or CCD live stacking, sometimes also loosly to liveview or video with cameras and DSLRs or HDR Video with DSLRs using...
Stonehenge – England

Stonehenge – England

Revisiting Stonehenge after 20 years.The remarkable feat of engineering—some of the stones came from dozens of miles away—and acts like a huge astronomical calendar, aligned with the summer and winter equinox and still keeping track of the moon after more than 5,000 years.
32. ITT 2016 : Drei Beobachtungsnächte auf der Emberger Alm

32. ITT 2016 : Drei Beobachtungsnächte auf der Emberger Alm

Dienstag den 29. September, bis Freitag, den 30. September, 2016 Ich konnte schon am Dienstag kommen, und die meisten Wetterseiten prognostizierten gleich für die erste Nacht die besten Chancen auf klaren Himmel – mit zunehmend schlechter werdenden Aussichten für die Nächte danach; Aus unserem VSW-Spechtelumfeld kamen Ben und Manfred später...
Planetary imaging  with an EOS 60Da and BackyardEOS

Planetary imaging with an EOS 60Da and BackyardEOS

The first chance to observe 2016 Mars opposition was the beginning of June,  motivating me to use  my EOS 60Da  for planetary imaging with BackyardEOS.  Starting in May, Mars headed towards opposition on May 22nd towards a cycle of favorable oppositions, with Mars near perihelion, while Earth is near aphelion. ...
Merkurtransit 2016

Merkurtransit 2016

Bilder mit einer D60a und Sonnenfilter vom Merkurtransit. Vor 13 Jahren hatte der letzte in Europa sichtbare Durchgang des Planeten Merkur vor der Sonnenscheibe stattgefunden mit ähnlich gutem Wetter. Noch während das 8-stündige Ereignis seinen Lauf nahm, wurden bereits beeindruckende Bilder in sozialen Netzwerken verbreitet und liefen etliche streaming Webcasts,...
Extreme Neumondsichel Mai 2016

Extreme Neumondsichel Mai 2016

Neumondsichel Mai 2016 Wegen des schönen Wetters war es am Samstag Abend möglich noch schnell die schmale Mondsichel (im Fernrohr) zu erhaschen. Nach dem Neumond vom 06.Mai 2016 um 21:30 war für den 7.Mai Abends mit dem Erscheinen der Mondsichel zu rechnen. Die Bedingungen waren aber nicht besonders gut. Die...
Astrophotography With a Nexus 5 Cell Phone

Astrophotography With a Nexus 5 Cell Phone

Nowadays many love their cell phone with its built-in camera feature.So my local observatory wants not only offer visitors to view through our telescope, but give assistance to mobile astronomy? What do they do? I wanted to check out Astrophotography With a Nexus 5 Cell Phone. To make a long...
Suburbian Messier hunting with an Atik Infinity ccd in a white zone

Suburbian Messier hunting with an Atik Infinity ccd in a white zone

Some more suburbian Messier hunting with an Atik Infinity ccd astronomy camera on a 80/600 TMB Triplet Fluorite Apo. I have fought a bit with my secondary mount – an old HEQ5 – which is always ready in my office, and the suburban light pollution.  The drift within an hour...
recent-events-2016

recent-events-2016

After 2015, the year 2016 may break Europe, through unsustainable politics. The year of the Fire Monkey … 2016, … Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.
Komet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

Komet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

Seit November 2015 wurde der Komet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) wieder diskutiert. In den nächsten zwei Monate entfernt sich der Komet sich zwar weiter von der Sonne, kommt aber der Erde näher, bis er am 17. Januar in 0,73 Astronomischen Einheiten vorbei zieht. Die Helligkeit blieb bis in den Januar hinein...
recent-events-2015

recent-events-2015

This year was strangely calm. Most for the with lost of ups and down. Lots of travel, but again this year just Europe.  
Geminiden

Geminiden

Aktuell kreuzen die Geminiden die Bahn der Erde und es regnet Sternschnuppen. Das Maximum der Geminiden wurde am Montag, 14. Dezember 2015, gegen 19 Uhr MEZ erwartet.   Um das Himmelsspektakel nicht verpassen fuhren wir schon Sonntag 13. auf den 14. Nachmittags in die Alpen. Der Mond ging an diesem Abend...
First light of the Atik Infinity: M42 in a white zone with 80/600 TMB Apo

First light of the Atik Infinity: M42 in a white zone with 80/600 TMB Apo

I recently bought an Atik Infinity for video astronomy, boasting both the speed and sensitivity required for this new technique.  Atik infinity is a fine camera with a 2/3 ” chip and the infinity software is a real paradigm shift. First light last night with an 80/600 TMB Apo: M42...
Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 in Bavaria: Full 'Blood Moon' Coverage

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 in Bavaria: Full 'Blood Moon' Coverage

The supermoon total lunar eclipse, which occurred on Sept. 27, featured a full moon that looks significantly larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033. The moon passed through Earth’s shadow on Sunday, Sept. 27, in a dazzling total...
Perseiden-Beobachtung 2015 am Sudelfeld

Perseiden-Beobachtung 2015 am Sudelfeld

327 Schnuppen in der Nacht Mittwoch/Donnerstag, 12./13. August 2015: Diesmal lag das Maximum der Perseiden einerseits sehr günstig – kurz vor Neumond.Zum traditionellen VSW-Stelldichein am Sudelfeld wured diesmal nicht auf der Walleralm, sondern auf einem tiefer gelegenen, aber nicht minder “klassischen” Platz geladen. Einige Stimmungbilder vom Mittwoch auf Donnerstag am...
June 30 and July 1 – close Venus-Jupiter conjunction

June 30 and July 1 – close Venus-Jupiter conjunction

For the last few weeks, countless numbers of the world’s 7 billion people watched the western evening sky as the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, edged closer and closer to the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Last night, June 30th, the  Venus-Jupiter conjunction reached its least separation: 0.3° apart (at the time...
Partial Solar Eclipse 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015

Europe’s biggest solar eclipse since 1999 occurred this month – and 67 per cent of sunlight could be blocked out over Munich.  A total eclipse of the sun will occur in Northern Norway and Faroe Islands with two minutes and two seconds of totality. Besides going to be the biggest...
American Sniper - banality of the evil or of the good?

American Sniper – banality of the evil or of the good?

American Sniper portrays the feeling of a decent American fighting a hidden enemy he perceives as savage. Kyle sees the world black and white, maybe otherwise he would have not survived. It is ironic that this movie gets hated or loved by people, on both side of the spectrum exactly...
The magic of outstanding pictures – quality methodology and communication theory

The magic of outstanding pictures – quality methodology and communication theory

As a photographer, your eye is your lens. This essay gives a basic understanding, why excellent pictures (paintings or  photographs) succeed. After you start exploring the world with this  mindset, you’ll find that you automatically begin to see things differently.  I got the idea from an excellent book of the...
M42 Quick Snapshot

M42 Quick Snapshot

Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976)  with 1,350 light years  is the closest region of a massive star formation.  M42 is undoubtedly one of the most popular deep sky targets. Whether you image through a telescope or a camera lens, it can even be captured even under city...
All Saints Day 2014 - Mortality in Infrared

All Saints Day 2014 – Mortality in Infrared

Often overshadowed by the preceding Halloween, All Saints Day  on November 1, celebrates all of the faithful who are in Heaven. The parish gathers on the cemetery, having dressed up the graves of their late relatives before. A short procession sprinkles holy water to bless for every grave while on...
recent-events-2014

recent-events-2014

This year we traveled for three weeks in Languedoc-Roussillon, where we followed the footsteps of the Templars and the heretic Cathars. In Languedoc-Roussillon Cathar castles and Templar remains, Abbeys and Châteaus are inspired by powerful myths , major mysteries, complex religious history, symbols of psychological relevance and – also significant...
IR photography with a Canon 60 DA - Munich in infrared

IR photography with a Canon 60 DA – Munich in infrared

A few days ago, I began experimenting with infrared, or IR, photography (mostly city landscapes). Besides normal photography, I am astro-photographer with a Canon 60Da camera. All I needed was an Hoya ND72 infrared filter. To sum it up, for me the 60Da covers infrared light quite nicely, despite contradictory...
PixInsight Notes

PixInsight Notes

PixInsight runs as native 64-bit application on my Linux (SUSE 13.1) and Microsoft Windows 7 dual boot system. PixInsight is a strongly multithreaded environment able to exploit all processors and processor cores available on all platforms and hardware architectures. It is therefore utilizing resources very well. First stop: Workshop Interstellarum...
Lent – and a letter to my Old Enemy.

Lent – and a letter to my Old Enemy.

The Monastery Last weekend I checked in for three-day time-out at my local monastery to prepare lent. Our group discussed with the monk the seven sins and the catholic image of the devil in the sixth century under Pope Pope Gregory I, called “The Great”. Because of the general breakdown...
M82 Supernova 03-08-2014 Munich

M82 Supernova 03-08-2014 Munich

Credit Photogruppe. Gemeinsam am 16Zoll SC aufgenommen, jeweils 5s Belichtungszeit bei ISO 1600. Camera: Umgebaute Canon 1000D Optik: 16Zoll SC und einfacher Reducer
recent-events-2013

recent-events-2013

This year was full of transitions. Most for the better like the semi-retirement, some sad (I lost my good old BMW) and some with lost of ups and down like running a quarter of Munich for the new party in Germany the AfD. Lots of travel, but this year just...
Starting my Second Life

Starting my Second Life

Four years ago my company offered me a generous gradual retirement proposal: Work two years full-time and five years part-time. So I worked the last 2.5 years full-time for 50% salary (actually almost the same net due to some benefits and high tax rate in my country). Now this active...
My bike ride to the office 2 days 2 different lenses

My bike ride to the office 2 days 2 different lenses

I bike to my office every day, if the weater allows it. This means pretty much, apprimately 16 km/10 miles across the city one-way. In fall that means starting and finishing the ride at dawn. Since parts of the ride is quite nice with this light, I made pictures on...
The unplanned confession - three in one?

The unplanned confession – three in one?

This morning I went to the monastery  St. Ottilien for a retreat with the theme” Difficulties in Believing”.  Munich to St. Ottilien is  just a short ride on the highway and a few miles country side with promise of a beautiful fall day. After I arrived, I checked the TV...
Round Trip: Orient Express - Trans Asian - Silk Road - Trans-Siberian Railway

Round Trip: Orient Express – Trans Asian – Silk Road – Trans-Siberian Railway

I plan a round trip, using long distance train from Munich to Istanbul – per Train Iran, pick up  silk route cities of Bukhara and Samarkand travelling Central Asian republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China using the Silk Road Trains. The route will cross sandy deserts, snow-capped mountains and the...
Too many Changes

Too many Changes

Change was always good to me.  Even if it did not seem for the better it always proved later to be good. But today was a real bad day, I had to give away my BMW 520 for a few green bills. I am truly sad. “Business is change, and...
PayAttention to detail

PayAttention to detail

The park is much quieter in the winter. There were hardly any people other than us. Two—a young woman and an older man, spotted at different times—were getting in their daily run, impressing us with their dedication. No one was out walking a dog. Walking in the park in the...
Gottes Segen für Papst Benedikt XVI und einen gesunden Lebensabend zum Ende des Pontifikates.

Gottes Segen für Papst Benedikt XVI und einen gesunden Lebensabend zum Ende des Pontifikates.

Ein herzliches Grüss Gott und einen gesunden Lebensabend zum Ende des Pontifikates. Mit Ihrem Abschied geht eine besondere “päpstliche Nähe” der Menschen in Bayern zu Ende. Als bewegende Momente des Pontifikats bleibt mir der großen Gottesdienste in Riem mit in Erinnerung. Hier habe ich gesehen, dass Kirche “nicht ein kleines Häufchen ist, sondern dass viele Menschen...
Neuschwanstein walk

Neuschwanstein walk

Last Sunday we headed west of Munich for the Alps – that is, the more moderate mountains of the Allgaeu. I picked an easy mountain hike – The Great Tegelberg Circle – for the family, including our Labrador, who climbs like a mountain goat. The route offers lots of views,...
Glai Hamas - Mountain Biking in the Baverian Alps

Glai Hamas – Mountain Biking in the Baverian Alps

By fallen Angel “Glai Hamas” – “we are almost there”, said the fellow biker when he passed me with a soft Munich dialect. The remark was meant and taken as encouragement, while I struggled up the mountain on a very hot summer day around Walchensee in the Bavarian Alps.  With...
Rainy Götterdämmerung in Munich.

Rainy Götterdämmerung in Munich.

This is a very personal take on the opera cycle by Richard Wagner’s “Ring” from a Jungian perspective, how the themes of the Ring, though universal, specifically apply to our lives today. Kent Nagano The Munich Opera Festival draws for over 130 years opera fans to Munich, and as one...
recent-events-1972

recent-events-1972

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I’ll share my view on this related to my Lenten “promise” this year again. Lenten promises should take us “out of our comfort zone” to help us to truly do the penance we should do and to grow closer to God. Besides no meat, no alcohol, no cheese, no sweets, which is easy, cutting down...
Syria 1971 An interesting story still in my mind.

Syria 1971 An interesting story still in my mind.

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Triduum Sacrum - Zerstörung christlicher Symbole

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Lent 2018 - Message of Pope Emeritus BENEDICT XVI

Lent 2018 – Message of Pope Emeritus BENEDICT XVI

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The Gospel of John and Christmas

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ISS before moon

ISS before moon

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