Another Night Out – With The Polarie

Haven´t used the Vixen Polarie since almost one year now, everything what is needed to use that star tracking device fell into place last night. The high towering MilkyWay, a nice foreground and a starry night two days before New Moon got me going. For the first time since six month, I have spent the whole night out, first catching the MilkyWay and later on waiting for the Crescent Moon to rise over my old home turf. What a night to remember…watching the MilkyWay and Andromeda Galaxy, the conjunction of Mercury, Venus and the Moon, the ISS flying by (with Germany´s own Alexander Gerst), and the change of colors during the different times of twilight in the morning. But most of all: feeling the serenity and silence of the night again, feeling being one with the universe. Like Neville said: ” The world is an ocean of liquid light in countless different states of crystallization.” Enjoy!

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda…

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda, with Canon 1100d (a) and Polarie, with some faint Air Glow…

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Crescent Moon rising above my “home” church”…

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Crescent Moon rising two days before New Moon…

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Venus to the left joining the show…

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ISS on the way or how to build a triangle…

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Mercury (lower left), Venus (center) and Crescent Moon at the end of nautical twilight…

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The Dish: CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, NSW, Australia

While touring Australia last summer, we had the chance to stop by the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (http://www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au) in early September, located some 400 km west of Sydney.

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Where the hell is Dubbo….?

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Visiting times vice-versa would be cool…

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Here we are…

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Some facts…

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Did you know…?

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I did not…

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This image is a combination of two different images, from two different places…the foreground, Parkes Radio Telescope, taken at daytime, and the background, star trails, taken somewhere between Lightning Ridge and Roma, on the way down to Parkes. Since it is not allowed to stay at this place at nights, that´s been my only chance to get an image I had pre visualized before I got there. Some sort of marriage of heaven and earth, or of celestial and terrestrial ´objects`. Did I ever mentioned before that I Love Australia…?! Enjoy!

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Silenced

Just came across a song called ´Silenced` by Uniform Choice the other day. Very unusual to their other stuff, this is just a spoken word song. Though not fully understanding the lyrics from the first time hearing, it have sent shivers down my spine, resonating deep down inside of me…here´s the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gClzSHlxvZA

This is probably why I enjoy the night so much – Silence! Enjoy!

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When there’s silence 
Friends need not speak 
It’s understood 
Die I would 
And when there’s silence 
Cultures appear as one 
Colors are blurred 
My brother I heard 
When there’s silence 
Meanings all seem clear 
Distractions unknown 
Uniformly alone 
And when there’s silence 
Love has no hurt 
Despair cannot live 
Words take I give 
The sound of no sound 
Is the most deafening of all 
The feeling of no feeling 
Is the most painful of all 
And yet we must endure 
For I do now and forever shall 
Love all things that are real 
Even when… silence is broken

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VZ0A5262-650Silence @ Carlo´s Sandblow, Australia, Aug. 2013…

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ISS & German Astronaut Alexander Gerst

Just managed to catch the ISS flying over my turf. Germany´s own, Alexander Gerst is on bord of the ISS since the 28th of May and will stay there for six months. More info here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Blue_dot/Alexander_s_first_week_in_space. Enjoy!

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ISS flying by, 07.06.2014, 00:03-00:08 am, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany…

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ISS with Alexander Gerst onboard, 09.06.2014, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon: Three In A Row

I haven´t been able to catch the crescent of the Moon for three times in a row after a New Moon. Must be the new place I´m living at….Again, magic happened and watching the colors changing/shifting during the different times of twilight at night (civilian/nautical/astronomical), is something very special to me. You may notice the change of the colors at the three images…Enjoy!

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First crescent of the Moon after New Moon, 30.05.2014…

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Second crescent of the Moon, joined by Jupiter above, 31.05.2014…

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Third crescent of the Moon, joined by Jupiter to the right, 01.06.2014…

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“You find who you love doing what you love!”

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Volgograd, Russia: Stills/Video

I did a blog post about my travels to Volgograd some time ago, which you can read here: http://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/volgograd-russia-the-past-and-the-present-part-one/ . One can´t believe that this city, formerly known as Stalingrad, has been destroyed by 95 % of its origin, and yet, has risen again, thanks to the unbreakable will of its inhabitants. I did this journey in Oct. 2012, honoring my uncle’s death for the 70th anniversary. All the years I thought that WW II has been such a waste of human life. Today,  I know that by giving their lives, they enabled us, the next generation, to live in times without war, for almost 70 years now.  I´m very grateful for that every day. I now know too (and realize), that this journey to Volgograd has been the beginning of my own journey into “within”. The old lady in the red dress had opened, just with a few words, my heart in a way I had experienced only once before. Like on a German documentary about Volgograd, the speaker said: ” To truly understand WW II, you have to come to Volgograd, to see and feel this place.” With this stills/video, I hope I can give you an idea about that. The song is by Metallica, called Nothing Else Matters – HD-button for a higher resolution. Enjoy!

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Traveling Australia With Apollo

Just set up a new page on my Galleries site with images traveling with Apollo motorhomes. Tried to sell them to Apollo, but they had no interest on them so far – based on marketing….http://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/galleries/traveling-with-apollo/ . Here is a link to their magazine: http://issuu.com/vinkpublishing/docs/apollo_aust_lr_opt?e=3858717/2755677 .Enjoy!

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Side-lit motorhome by the rising Moon, while the Milkyway is still looking great…

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