Sanctum

By definition, sanctum means “a sacred place, especially a shrine within a temple or church”, or also “a private place from which most people are excluded”, synonyms would be: holy place, retreat, hideaway, sanctuary…To me it means spending the night out under the stars and the Moon, being all by myself, fueling up my soul and mind, enjoying silence and solitude, no matter where in the world I´m. Enjoy!

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Chadar Trek, Ladakh/Zanskar, India…

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Hopfields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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East Coast, Australia…

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East Coast, Australia…

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East Coast, Australia…

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East Coast, Australia…

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East Coast, Australia…

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East Coast, Australia…

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South Tyrol, Italy…

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Black Forrest, Germany…

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Black Forrest, Germany…

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The Dolomites, Italy…

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Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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The Dolomites, Italy…

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Hopfields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Zillertal, Austria…

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Mali Alan, Croatia…

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Ofenpass, Switzerland…

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Moonscapes Of May 2018

Always a joy catching up with the Moon. Enjoy!

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Full Moon setting over Berchtesgadener Alpen, with the Kehlsteinhaus to the far right, Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/01/2018…

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Crescent Moon rising @ Pürkwanger Kirche, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 05/13/2018…

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Crescent Moon and Venus over the hopfields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 05/18/2018…

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Moon and Venus at the end of nautical twilight, 05/18/2018

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Moon over Chiemsee and Kampenwand in the distance, Chiemsee, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/21/2018…

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Enjoying a day out @ Chiemsee, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/21/2018…

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ISS Double Transit

On the 7th of May 2018, the ISS transited the sun twice from a single place, just a few kilometres away from where I live. The first transit happened at 06:37 am, the second one at 08:12 am. I also could watch the very first flyover at 04:47 am from my room window while getting up in the morning. The image is a composite of a set of still frames, taken from videos of  the two transits. To get the shot, I used https://www.calsky.com and Lightroom and Gimp for processing the image. Enjoy!

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Double transit of the ISS in front of the sun, 05|07|2018…

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Getting ready for the transit, while the Moon is setting to the west…

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The Crescent Moon Of April 2018

In April 2018, I could catch the waxing crescent moon on three consecutive days, due to some high pressure weather – that hasn´t happened for almost four years. Going out three times on a row at night and chosing places to photograph by appearance and not by weather is a very nice treat. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon and Venus, the day after New Moon, 04|17|2018…

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Like the previous one – above a highway, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon and Venus @ civilian twilight, 04|18|2018, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon and Venus  joined by Aldebaran (upper left), 04|18|2018…

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Orion, Hyades, Moon, Pleiades and Venus (left to right) @ the end of nautical twilight, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon above Isar (river), 04/19/2018, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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What better than spending a night out…?

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The Upper Isar Valley

Impressions from my latest trip early this week to the Upper Isar Valley, a nature reserve between Vorderriß and Wallgau, Upper Bavaria. A well protected and unique habitat we got here in Germany, one of its kind in whole Central europe. Enjoy!

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Overlooking the wide river valley between Fall and Vorderriß…

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Not much water around at this time of the year…

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Gravel banks are constantly changing…

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A faint solar halo above…

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and some shimmering water below…

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Informationpanel…

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The sun´s going down above the valley…

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and the night falls in, making the brightest stars visible, like Sirius to the left…

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Canis Minor (top left), Canis Major with Sirius (center left) and Orion (center right), and the Wettersteingebirge in the distance…

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Star trails above the Upper Isar Valley…

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The next morning – feels like being in Canada!

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Moonscapes Of Jan., Febr., March 2018

Here is a collection of my favorite moonscapes from 2018 so far. Enjoy!

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Starting 2018 with fireworks and a lunar halo @ 00:00:01am…

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Airliner crossing the Moon, 01|01|2018…

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Telescope imaging, 01|01|2018…

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Rising Moon above Mieminger Kette, Tyrol, Austria,  01|29|2018…

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Moon above Sonnenspitze, 2417 m, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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Telescope image of the full Moon, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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On the way back through a moonlit night, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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Rising full Moon @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|30|2018…

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Enjoying the show @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|30|2018…

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Setting full Moon @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|31|2018…

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Setting crescent Moon @ my backyard, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 02|18|2018…

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Lunar halo, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 02|26|2018…

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Waning gibbous Moon, seen from my porch, 03|08|2018…

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Setting crescent Moon, along with Venus and Mercury @ Hirschaid, Upper Franconia, 03|19|2018…

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Crescent Moon @ nautical twilight, while Venus and Mercury are covered by clouds, Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 03|21|2018…

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Full Moon rising on Good Friday @ my backyard, Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 03/30/2018…

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Good Friday´s full Moon in all its glory, 03|30|2018…

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Baade´s Window and SWEEPS

I got my first glance of Baade´s Window through Serge Brunier´s book “The Universe”, p. 24/25, in 2011 and  it almost felt like I could put myself into a bed of stars. The area looks like a nebula made out of stars, but in real, the millions of stars are separated by thousands of billion kilometres by each other. The area is mostly free of interstellar dust and therefore astronomers use it to view the galactic core of our home galaxy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baade%27s_Window. Within Baade´s Window is another small window called “SWEEPS”, used for monitoring the visible stars for extrasolar planets in 2006, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_Window_Eclipsing_Extrasolar_Planet_Search. Being able processing images I had taken back in August 2013 in Australia and seeing the results now in 2018 is very satisfying and makes me wanna go back “to the stars” every time I look at the image. Enjoy!

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Looking straight at the core of our home galaxy, the Milkyway, towards the constellation of Sagittarius. 66 images stacked, with a total of 29 min. of exposure time, using a Vixen Polarie and a Canon 1100 Da with a 70-200mm lens @ 70mm, processed via PixInsight, ColorEfex and Lightroom, East coast Australia Aug. 2013, processed Feb. 2018

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Annotated image…does anyone notice the “skull like shape” between NGC 6357 and M6?

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