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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...
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 lunar eclipse during a perigee...
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 Sudelfeld Sternschnuppen schauen auf der...

Webcams auf den astronomischen Beobachtungsplätzen in unseren Breiten

  Webcams auf den astronomischen Beobachtungsplätzen in unseren Breiten Webcam-Blick über die Dächer von München-Neuhausen  Webcam-Blick  im Hintergrund der Taubenberg und (bei klarem Wetter) das Mangfallgebirge Webcam-Blick zum Wendelstein (nur bei klarer Sicht) Hohen Peissenberg Silvretta, 2030m    Edelweißspitze, Panoromawebcam Edelweißspitze,Webcam 2, 2600m Hochsölden 2090-2700m Söldenpanoramacam Oberes Sudelfeld , 1200m Wendelstein Adelegg, Allgäu, 1100m Allgäu und Oberschwaben, ca. 700m Römerstein, Donnstetten (Schwäbische Alb)ca....
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...
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 products out there, but I...
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, early MTO-500 design, with the...

Arduino Step by Step Notes

Seee code here https://github.com/futureshocked/arduino_sbs Abschnitt 1: Getting started with the Arduino 1 Introduction 01:54 2 The Arduino ecosystem 07:50 3 Lecture 2 quiz 6 Fragen 4 Tools and prototyping workflow 07:51 5 Lecture 3 quiz 5 Fragen 6 Let’s make a light blink! 11:35 7 Lecture 4 quiz 3 Fragen 8 Make the LED fade...
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...