Comet C2020/F3 Neowise, July 10th 2020

Haven´t seen such a beauty of a comet since Panstarrs in 2014. Went out to one of my favorite locations around my home this morning at 3 am to see what I would get. Not only a comet, but also noctilucent clouds – very rare around the 48th latitude where I live. My jaws almost hit the ground when I saw the first image appearing on my screen out in the fields. But there has been more: the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Pleiades, the Hyades and the very faint Neptun and Uranus. What a morning to start with. Enjoy!

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Comet Neowise and NLC…

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My hometown church, Neowise and NLC…

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Venus within the Hyades, Aldebaran (below)…

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NLC, comet Neowise and Venus to the right…

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The Beauty Of The Night Sky

In my adolscent days, I spent the nights out partying with my friends, these days I silently spend them photographing the night sky. Have not been out at nights for almost one year now, so it got time to travel to my favorite destination in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Lots of people around at this time of the year, even more after loosening the coronavirus restrictions. But when the night falls in, everything calms down. Silence and solitude kicks in – what I like most. Enjoy!

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52 x 13 sec. for the stars, 1 x 200 sec. for the foreground, stacked with PixInsight, merged with Gimp, adjustments with Viveza and Lightroom, 5 D3 @ 35mm, no Polarie this time…

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Crescent Moon and Venus around the Hop Fields

We got some pretty clear weather the last couple of weeks. After New Moon on the 23rd of April 2020, I was heading out every evening after that to photograph the Crescent Moon and Venus around the hop fields of my home, the Hallertau, the world largest hop planting area. What a playground to roam. Enjoy and take care!

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24th April 2020:

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25th April 2020:

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Easter Full Moon

The media got pretty funny names these days for the different Full Moons of each month. This time it is the “Super Full Moon” due to its perigee to the earth. To me it is always like: “Whoa, look at the Moon”, no matter what phase the Moon is on. Hope you guys have a Happy Easter nonetheless. Enjoy and stay safe!

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On the eve before Full Moon, 7th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, seen on my way to work, 8th April 2020…

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Rise of the Super Full Moon, 8th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, 9th April 2020…

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A nice treat while being on the hunt for the Moon…

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Crescent Moon and Venus, March 2020

Some impressions from the crescent Moon/Venus conjunction on the nights of 26th/27th/28th March 2020 around the hopfields of my home, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Enjoy and stay healthy!

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Crescent Moon and Venus feat.: my home town church, 26th March…

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Crescent Moon and Venus above, 27th March…

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Peacefulness, 27th March…

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Crescent Moon @ sunset, 28th March…

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Crescent Moon and Venus @ nautical twilight, 28th March…

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Crescent Moon and Venus, December 2019

Finally, we got some fairly clear skies in December to photograph the waning crescent Moon rising in the morning on Chrismas Eve, while Venus joined the waxing crescent Moon setting at dusk on the two days before New Years Eve. Have a good one in 2020!

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Rising crescent Moon two days before New Moon, on the morning of Christmas Eve…

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Setting crescent Moon, joined by Venus to the right, three days after New Moon, 29th Dec., over the dormant asparagus fields of Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Wide field of the same scene like before…

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Making time visible…long exposure along the Autobahn, feat. Moon and Venus…

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Having a good time with my second oldest son @ sculpture park, Upper Bavaria…

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Setting crescent Moon on the 4th day after New Moon, along with Venus to the right…

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My Favorite Images Of 2019

Here are my favorite photos, taken 2019. Head over to Jim Goldstein´s site, to take part in his annual blog project ( https://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2019/12/16/blog-project-your-best-photos-from-2019/ ). Cheers and have a good one in 2020!

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Total eclipse of the Moon, 21st of Jan. 2019, seen from my home @ Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Telescope shot from the eclipse, with a SC 8″ and a Canon 5d3, full size, no crop…

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The beauty of the winter night sky, feat. Orion with its deep sky objects, taken @ Simplon Pass, 2005m, Switzerland…

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Lenticular clouds at sunset @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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One of the most beautiful sunrises in the Alps I`ve ever seen @ Bernina Pass, 2328m, Switzerland…

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Majestic Dolomites and Dürrensteinhütte @ Plätzwiese, South Tyrol…

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The Milky Way in all its glory along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, 2571m, Austria…

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Mosaic of the partial eclipse of the Moon, seen from my home, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Misty morning @ Lago di Vajont, Italy…

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Like out of a fairy tale, but just an hour´s drive away from my home…crescent Moon setting over castle Haag, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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A feathered critter at the lower left watching the setting Moon – seen from my living room, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Fog creating some mystical mood @ Timmelsjoch, 2474m, Austria/Italy…

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Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, 2509 m

On Sept. 19th 2019, I went on a short-trip to Timmelsjoch, a high alpine road in the Alps, connecting the Ötztal in Austria with the Passeiertal in South Tyrol/Italy. Spent the night up there, met some nice people, took some photos and got back home the next day with a refueled soul. Enjoy!

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Towards the Timmelsjoch, from the Austrian side…

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Timmelsjoch, 2509 m…

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Nautical twilight, facing the north-west…

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Low stratus coming in, adding some drama to the night sky…

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Dense fog creating some mystical moods…

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The next morning, facing South Tyrol…

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Like a spaceship, the so-called ´Passmuseum`…

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Border sign ´Austria`…

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Timmelsjoch sign…

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The so-called ´Fernrohr`…

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Solitude…

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