Astro-Photos
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 above Jupiter, in line with...
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 an open cluster in the...
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 gas, mostly hydrogen, from a...
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 event of its kind since...
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 present. Canon 60Da 6 x...
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 was set up to market...

Einscheinern eines auf der Nordhalbkugel und einer "Deutschen Montierung"

Anleitung für das Einscheinern eines auf der Nordhalbkugel und einer “Deutschen Montierung” stehenden Refraktors mit Zenitspiegel . Ein Refraktor, sowie alle Spiegelteleskope mit zwei Spiegeln (Newton, Schmidt-Cassegrain, Maksutov etc.) drehen das Bild – gegenüber dem Himmelsanblick mit dem bloßen Auge – um 180 Grad. Das bedeutet, durch das Okular geschaut, befindet sich Süden nun oben...
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 magnification of which is excellent...
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