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...
Remote Observatory over USB from warm room

Remote Observatory over USB from warm room

I am in the early trial stage of a small obsy, a Remote Observatory over USB on top of an nearby garage. I have a mount on an existing platform with power, which I want to control from my office room about 15m from the my little town house. I...
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...
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

Venus will pass Jupiter in late June/early July, 2015. Especially tonight and tomorrow June 30 and July 1 –one can witness the closest Venus-Jupiter conjunction until August 27, 2016. These very bright worlds will be hard to miss (unless it’s cloudy!). As dusk turns into darkness, note the star Regulus...
M44 Benchmark MTO (Russentonne), MC Rubinar against a 80mm triplet APO

M44 Benchmark MTO (Russentonne), MC Rubinar against a 80mm triplet APO

I experiment a bit with an  Rubinar and a MTO Russentonne 500mm lens, which I recently acquired second-hand. Here a snapshot  fully manual settings with the RT 50 f/8 (and lots of light in Southern France).   The Beehive Cluster, also known as M44, NGC 2632, or Cr 189, is...
Nova Sagittarii 2015 moving up a notch again

Nova Sagittarii 2015 moving up a notch again

  This “new” star is definitely worth to log. It was the brightest nova in Sagittarius (German Schütze) more than 100 years, and the brightest anywhere in the sky since Nova Centauri 2013. Classical novae are not all alike. However, their underlying mechanism is the same: a white-dwarf star collects...
Arduino-based converter to connect Cartes du Ciel with a telescope over WLAN

Arduino-based converter to connect Cartes du Ciel with a telescope over WLAN

Arduino-based Cartes du Ciel Skywatcher bridge I’m currently developing a prototype connecting a planetary software on a laptop or tablet like “Cartes du Ciel” or Stellarium to my Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT telescope mount. Physical the connection should be WLAN using an Arduino and an Ethernet shield. There are commercial WLAN...
MTO 500/8 minimalist photography

MTO 500/8 minimalist photography

I recently got a battered Russian MTO-500 f/8 lens,  a classic sample (or knockoff) of Soviet-era engineering and workmanship. It is a 500 mm telephoto mirror lens based on the design of a known Soviet engineer Maksutov. “MTO” stands here for “Maksutov’s Tele Objective”. Min looks like the the original,...
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  closest region of massive star formation. Only rough alignment of HEQ6 Mount, Backyard Munich. DateTimeOriginal 2014:12:23 23:54:28 Newton –  8″ f/6 Orion UK Suprax with ASA 2″ Newton corrector and Reducer 0,73x  making as faster (f/4.38) my Christmas...
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...
30th International Star Party Austria

30th International Star Party Austria

It was worth the drive to one of the highest annual star parties in Europe on the weekend of September 25–28 at the grassy mountain meadow of Berg above the small town of Greifenburg in southern Austria. Looking at the weather report I arrived Friday afternoon. Known as the Internationales...
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...
HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7  AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit

HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7 AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit

Man muss nicht immer das neueste und teuerste kaufen, um sich in die komplexe CCD Materie einzuarbeiten. Hier ein HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7  AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit der mit günstig erstanden CCD Kameras arbeitet, die 5 bzw. 10 Jahre alt sind. Es ist...
HEQ6 oder HEQ5 Montierung richtig einnorden

HEQ6 oder HEQ5 Montierung richtig einnorden

Mit dem einnorden hatte ich so meine liebe Mühe. Daher habe ich zusammengetragen, wie man HEQ6 und HEQ5 oder eine  vergleichbare Montierung simplel richtig einnordet. Machen wir uns nichts vor, Schreinern tun wir doch eher selten. 1) Stativ mit dem Kompass nach Norden ausrichten (der schwarze Stift muss nach Norden zeigen)...
Starlight Xpress MX716 CCD Installation

Starlight Xpress MX716 CCD Installation

The 64bit MX716 Driver Package package contains 64bit  drivers for the Starlight Xpress  MX716 CCD camera from  official Starlight Xpress website. The camera is now 15 years old, but works fine -and –  Starlight Express still supports it (Official Web Site).  SX Ltd has been in business since 1991 and...
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...
Canon 60Da Settings for Astrophotography

Canon 60Da Settings for Astrophotography

I decided to add a new DSLR specialized for Astrophotography. Following a compilation of Canon 60Da Settings for Astrophotography; My intention is to note down a starting point; after that they could go on and modify them per their needs, imaging results, and experience. SLR has live view, the 10x...
Some DSLR Test Picures on a 16''

Some DSLR Test Picures on a 16”

Credit Photogruppe. Am 16Zoll SC      
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
My Astronomy Class - First Pictures

My Astronomy Class – First Pictures

This picture of Orion was imaged on Thursday evening 20th Feb 2014 a Canon 5 D Mark II DSLR with an 50 mm 1.4 and is a stack of 4 X 3  sec (1 not 30) exposures because of light pollution. Cold came in fast, so I was lucky to...
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...
Obama "Yes, we scan" policy globally not well received

Obama “Yes, we scan” policy globally not well received

Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, once a First Amendment (of the US constitution) lawyer, has lashed out at US President Barack Obama for his administration’s aggressive stance against whistleblowers and journalists. Addressing the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday, Pruitt described the government’s actions against journalists as...
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...
Margaret Thatcher - the shopkeeper's daughter who made it to the highest office

Margaret Thatcher – the shopkeeper’s daughter who made it to the highest office

RIP Margaret Thatcher. She was a remarkable politician and she did some extraordinary things. Cameron did find the right words. I would agree with what he said, characterizing Thatcher as divisive figure: ” We can’t deny that Lady Thatcher divided opinion,” Cameron said. “For many of us, she was and is...
Putin at his best - harpooning an unsuspecting German journalist

Putin at his best – harpooning an unsuspecting German journalist

The world is used to macho images of Vladimir Putin hunting bears, harpooning whales or fly-fishing. A  German TV journalists was recently granted unprecedented hunting  lessons by the Russian prime minister. Vladimir Putin appeared as witty, well-informed and surprisingly likeable man besides checkmating the German.  Putin usually doesn’t think much of journalists. “He...
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...
Comet PanSTARRS

Comet PanSTARRS

To see a bright comet with the naked eye or binocular in the night sky is one of the most impressive experiences of amateur astronomers. Under the current weather condidtion it could happen in March again. On June 6, 2011 Hawaii discovered Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) moves in the direction of Sun...
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...
Wong Kar Wai Berlinale

Wong Kar Wai Berlinale

The Berlin film festival kicked with The Grandmaster, a martial arts epic from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai who is also presiding over this year’s jury. Asian stars including Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi were present. The annual Berlinale, now in its 63rd year, is one of Europe’s most important film festivals, and...
Retirement Geek's  "Me" factor

Retirement Geek’s “Me” factor

Am I a Retirement Geek?  Since a few years I support my private website and plan to retire to the internet. This and three blogs help me to learn writing and  prepare to the psychological aspects and my retirement project. Retirement to me is a serious business, which I want to approach it methodical and organized. I am now in the...
2nd Live Checklist

2nd Live Checklist

It is now 11 month until I sem-retire. I planned the remaining vacation and make a checklist. The last year I already spent in the HQ doing internal stuff in a 8-5 job. That was a hard break after the former 30 years in which I traveled around as consultant and...
Der Kreuzzug gegen die Geschichte

Der Kreuzzug gegen die Geschichte

Ich habe mich schon lange damit abgefunden, das die Medien veralteten und gefärbten Sachstand zum Mittelalter abgeben. Leider bin ich auch Vater, schau mal wie mein Sohn sich u.A. in Geschichte macht, daher kann ich Schulbücher nicht so ignorieren wie den Unsinn in den Medien. Aber die Schulbücher sind nicht...
European Commission Advisers Propose Stricter Monitoring Of Internet Media

European Commission Advisers Propose Stricter Monitoring Of Internet Media

 This  Article did make it only one German newspaper –  on the back page: The German flagship daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has a piece called: “EU Advisers Wish To Monitor Media More Strictly”. An advisory group including includes former German Justice Minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin (who once compared President George W. Bush to Hitler)...
Wiedersehen mit einem Freund. Jeder möchte lange leben, aber keiner will alt werden.

Wiedersehen mit einem Freund. Jeder möchte lange leben, aber keiner will alt werden.

München scheint ein Pflaster für sympathische Schwerenöter zu sein, nicht nur im Film. Die “nördlichste Stadt Italiens” ist ideales Jagdrevier für einen Casanova, der zwar schon in die Jahre gekommen ist, aber mit seinem Aussehen und Verführer-Charme bei der Damenwelt immer noch einen Stich macht. Diese Rolle ist meinem alten Freund...
Monetäre Theorien

Monetäre Theorien

Nach der neueren Volkswirtschaft gibt es Inflation nicht mehr. Vermutlich ist das genau das Problem Volkswirtschaft ernst zu nehmen.  Viele Zentralbanken haben in den vergangenen Jahren durch den Ankauf von Wertpapieren, Devisen oder durch großzügige Kredite an Banken sehr viel neues Geld geschaffen. Nach Milton Friedmans, wonach Inflation immer und...
Märklin Werksbesichtigung

Märklin Werksbesichtigung

Letztes Wochenende fuhr ich mit meinem Sohn zu den Märklintagen in Göppingen bei Stuttgart. Es war eine bestens durchorganisierte Veranstaltung, die ihres gleichen suchen muss. Ich habe mit vielen Mitarbeitern bei der Werksbesichtigung gesprochen, und war sehr beeindruckt von der Freundlichkeit, der Kompetenz und emotionale Bindung zur Arbeit und Produkt dieser...
CNN on 9/11 Anniversary 2012

CNN on 9/11 Anniversary 2012

By fallenAngel CNN, visibly influenced by of Arab Oil Money brought to the 9/11 anniversary 2012  a lousy  piece of some Arab Al Qaeda leader’s brother offering a ” peace plan”. Politician were muted. No mention of the thousands of lives lost and thousands more shattered when terrorists attacked US  homeland. No tribute to American endurance...
John F Kennedy's Rice Moon Speech 50 years later

John F Kennedy’s Rice Moon Speech 50 years later

No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will, the 50,000 years of man¹s recorded history in a time span of but a half-century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end...
40 years later Munich Olympia revisited

40 years later Munich Olympia revisited

By fallen Angel Today, the 26th of August, on the 40th anniversary of the openings of Olympic Park I biked with my family there to join the local festivities. Somehow I became a little bit distracted as rather memories of the Black September event than of Olympia 1972 kept coming...
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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Three churches two castles

Three churches two castles

I like the Auer Dult, a traditional annual market in Munich better than the Oktoberfest. Especially on a beautiful Sunday like this weekend. As the name indicates, the market place located at Mariahilfplatz in the Munich district of Au and taking place three times per year. The weather was good, so I rode a bike...
Syria 1971 An interesting story still in my mind.

Syria 1971 An interesting story still in my mind.

More than one time the CNN coverage of crises brought back memories of countries in which I traveled during the seventies, but would not like to go today.  Currently it is news from  Syria, which triggered  this more  personal article. Some of the information came from a old travel guide and a book of Julian Huxley (UNESCO Official) ...
My Chinese horoscope sign of Serpent

My Chinese horoscope sign of Serpent

Everywhere the symbol of the serpent and dragon ist connected with the (d)evil. That does hurt me a little bit, as I am Serpent in the Chinese Zodiac – which is the least favored sign. The snake has a bad rap not only according to my wife, but certainly within Christianity. In defense of myself...
recent-events-2016

recent-events-2016

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recent-events-2015 Travel Haunted and magic Languedoc-Roussillon

This year we travelled through the haunted and magic Languedoc-Roussillon, where I followed the footsteps of the Esclarmonde de Foix and the heretic Cathars. In Languedoc-Roussillon Cathar castles, Templar Abbeys and Châteaus inspire powerful myths, major mysteries, complex religious history, symbols of psychological relevance and – also significant pseudo-history. There are lots of stories about...

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Recently I saw a video from Allan Watts. Interestingly enough this meditation tutorial used different Mantras, or magic words for practical purpose. So he used appropriate words from the Hindu context, from the Christian context and from the Sufi context. He talked also about the necessity to stop the internal chattering, to calm down the...
ISS before moon

ISS before moon

Ich habs verpasst! Ich hatte alles aufgebaut, sogar noch etwas Zeit. Die Software hatte im Livebild immer mal wieder kleine Aussetzer, aber in den entscheidenden Sekunden war alles gut. Ich habe auf eine externe Funkuhr gestarrt (die sich wenige Stunden vorher ganz neu synchronisieren musste), um sehr genau den richtigen Zeitpunkt zu erwischen. Ich wollte...

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ToUcam SPC900NC

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The banality of evil from a Jungian view.

The banality of evil from a Jungian view.

We’ve all heard the phrase “the banality of evil”, coined by the political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her 1951 masterwork, “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” about the parallels between Hitler’s Third Reich and Stalinist Russia, made her an intellectual celebrity. In her book, she argued that totalitarian regimes seek to dominate every aspect of everyone’s life as...
Lessons and Consequences of World War I: Back to the Future?

Lessons and Consequences of World War I: Back to the Future?

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Compass Calibration Nexus5

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