Swiss Mountain Passes At Daytime, July 2022

Impression from the road trip around the Swiss mountain passes in July 2022. Great scenery, great people, great light! Enjoy!

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Great Plains’ @ Albula Pass…

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The highest located light house in the world @ Oberalp Pass…

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Rich pastures, heading down to Andermatt…

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Teufelsbrücke @ Schönenenschlucht, Andermatt…

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Along Susten Pass…

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Looking down Susten Pass…

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Who can spot ‘Tierberglihütte’?…

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Rise of the almost full Moon @ Grimselpass…

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View from Furka Pass towards Grimsel Pass…

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Another way of traveling, maybe an English fellow…

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A long-awaited wish came true – standing above a glacier, Rhone glacier…

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Sunset @ Rhone glacier…

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Life is good @ San Bernadino Pass…

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Sunday’s @ Göscheneralpsee…

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Along Oberaar pass road…

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Benno of Plänggerli Kiosk, talking about cristals and life itself…

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Getting an overview @ Nufenen Pass…

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Splügen Pass, Swiss side…

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Heading back home…

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Nightscapes, Swiss Mountain Passes, July 2022

After a long wait it was finally time and we could go on the long planned trip to Switzerland, shredding most of the mountain passes which are closed during winter time. Spending seven nights on a different pass above 2000 m altitude and soaking in all the different moods mother nature has to offer is a blessing every time again. As always – nightscapes first…Thanks for having us, Switzerland, it’s been a blast! Enjoy!

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While the UCI XCO World Cup 2022 made a stop at Lenzerheide, SUI, we made our own mountain bike porn, Albula pass, 2312 m a.s.l….

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Around 02:00 am I woke up and got that shot…

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…but 10 min. later the sky cleared all up, Susten Pass, 2260 m a.s.l….

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A bright shooting star hitting the scene @ Susten Pass…

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The light of the rising full Moon illuminating the scenery @ Grimsel Pass, 2163 m a.s.l….

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Great vistas all around…

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Big Dipper, Little Dipper and Polaris above the Rhone glacier, illuminated by the full Moon, spending the night at some 2600 m a.s.l…

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Rhone glacier star trails, 60 x 1 min….

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Loving them colors

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and clouds @ nautical twilight, Nufenen Pass, 2439 m a.s.l….

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The highest located lighthouse in the world, Oberalp Pass, 2044 m a.s.l…

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Surreal Light

Yesterday, we had many thunderstorms throughout the day, but as the sun set, the atmosphere exploded with some of the most surreal light I have ever witnessed. The best thing? I got it all covered from my front porch…Enjoy!

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An almost vertikal rising rainbow, just before sunset, with a fainter second one…

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A surreal lighting mood, only lasting for a couple of minutes…

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Setting Full Moon, Easter Monday, April 18, 2022

Some snapshots from this morning, with the setting Full Moon and various “visitors”, all taken from my living room. Enjoy!

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Some deer gracing the fields while the Full Moon is setting mere minutes before sunrise, indicated by the vanishing Earth’s Shadow and the pinkish Belt of Venus…

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One last look and they were gone into the woods…

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“Head through the wall”…

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Easter Full Moon, April 16, 2022

Was on the road last night to catch the rising Full Moon on Easter Saturday. Enjoy!

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Full Moon rising on Easter Saturday…

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Notice the different shapes of the Moon at each panel while moving through different layers of atmosphere, causing distortions around the edges…

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Golden Handle Of The Moon, April 11, 2022

Some impressions of the Golden Handle of the Moon.The Golden Handle is one of several light phenomena along the day-night boundary (terminator) on the Moon. While the sunlight already illuminates the nearly 4000 m high mountain tops of Monte Jura (Jura Mountains), the valley of Sinus Iridum (Rainbow Bay) is still in shadow. On our earth daily possible at sunrise/sunset, but on the Moon only once a month. Enjoy!

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Single shot filling the frame, Meade LXD75-ACF and Canon 5D3…

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Peak of the light show at 11:30 pm, using a Baader Hyperion Clickstop-Zoom ocular @ 12…

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Mosaic of eleven images, using the prior set-up, with a total of 476 MB…

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Venus, Mars, Saturn, Moon And Hop Fields At Dawn, March 27, 2022

Some impressions from being out last Sunday morning, catching three planets and the rising crescent Moon, featuring the hop fields around my home. Enjoy!

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Saturn (lower left), Venus (above), Mars and crescent Moon rising during nautical twilight…

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Close-up of the three planets…

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Only minutes later…

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“Trapped”…

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Wires are already put up to the main wires, waiting to be put into the ground…

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Floating in space…

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Center Of The Milky Way – Revisited

In summer 2013, while being in Australia for six weeks, I made lots of tracked nightscape images of the milky way. At that time, I had no idea how to process them into a stacked image. With the help of my Austrian friend Bernd W., I was able to get them done via PixInsight software in 2018. Some of them were ok, some not so. So this week, I revisited some of my series I did of the center of the milky way, even combining images with different focal lengths. PixInsight is a heck of a software, the learning curve is steep, but the rewards are awesome. So here is my favorite one I just finished today, the center of our milky way. Enjoy! And hold the line, where ever you are!

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Stack of 41 x 30 sec. & 22x 20 sec. @ 70mm, 1100da, East Coast, Australia, Aug. 2013, processed with PixInsight only…

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Some enhancements with Viveza…

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Final touches with Color Efex and Lightroom…there are so many obstacles in this image, like the Hummer Nebula, M6, M7, M8 Lagoon Nebula, Baade’s Window and of course Sagittarius A, the center of our milky way. It seems like that all the stars are lying very close to each other, but in truth they are thousand billion kilometers apart from each other…

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Comet Neowise – New Take

On July 2020, I traveled to Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol, Italy, to photograph Comet Neowise in its full glory. Back then, I haven’t been able to process those images properly. So, this week, with plenty of time and lots of try and error, and of course by the help of a tutorial by Harry’s Astro Shed – https://harrysastroshed.com/index.html – I could close the book on Comet Neowise. In my opinion the best tutorial on comet stacking out there: https://harrysastroshed.com/pixinsight/pixinsight%20video%20files/2013%20pix%20vids/cometstack2/cometstack2.mp4 . Enjoy!

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Stacked image right out of PixInsight, 32 x 60 sec….

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Processed with Lightroom and Viveza…

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Foreground added, same focal length as comet – 200mm…

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