Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, July 11th/12th, 2021

Some impressions from the conjunction of the crescent Moon, Mars and Venus, recorded just a stones throw away from where I live. Enjoy!

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July 11th, 2021:

Mars is not quite visible yet…

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Crescent Moon, 3 % illuminated, the day after New Moon…

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Mars (left) and Venus (right)…

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Mars is still not easy to spot…

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Mars, Venus and the Moon at the end of nautical twilight…

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July 12th, 2021:

The Moon has moved on, while Mars and Venus got closer together…

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Love them blueish tones…

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Four Planets In One Night, July 9th 2021

Haven’t been on the road due to corona virus restrictions in 2021, but on July 9th, everything fell together to hit the road for a short trip to one of my favorite destinations. We got a lot of rain for the last couple of days, so the air was very humid, especially as the sun set down. But the clouds and the humidity added some welcomed drama to the scenery. Being out at nights and watching them stars is really something special – if I haven’t said that before…Enjoy!

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Twilight mode…

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Mars and Venus at the end of nautical twilight…

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That feeling when you get out of the woods with a view like that…

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Misty Milkyway…

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Solitude and gratitude…

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Jupiter and Saturn joining the show…

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City lights in the distance, Andromeda galaxy top right…

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 13th, 2021

Another night out, even if I have to get up early to go to work the next morning, but I can’t miss that chance. Almost the same scene like the night before, but the Moon almost passed/overtook planet Mars tonight. My eyes will never get tired of those views. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria…

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The so-called Da Vinci Glow on the Moon, Mars to the lower left…

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Mars (lower left of Moon), Crescent Moon and Venus (lower right)…

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I love it plain and simple, an infinite view, above as below…

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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 12th, 2021

Some snapshots from last night, featuring the Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus. The many storm clouds added some drama to the scene and the purified atmosphere after the rain offered some nice twilight colors too. It feels great being out at nights. Enjoy!

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That moment the Crescent Moon pops up…

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Venus to the lower right showing up…

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Joined by Mars at the upper left…

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Twilight colors…

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The Da Vinci Glow – quite visible…

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Mars (top left) and Venus (lower right); just a couple of minutes later the whole scene has been swallowed by the next set of incoming storm clouds…

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…looking like a raging rabbit…

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Partial Eclipse Of The Sun, June 10th, 2021

Actually it is been an annular eclipse of the Sun in some parts of the world, but at my place the Sun has only been covered by the Moon by some 7 % – nonetheless a great occurrence. To avoid the predicted clouds and storms around midday, I headed north this time. After about an hours drive, I ended up at the “Geographic center of Bavaria” at Kipfenberg, Upper Bavaria. Not knowing that such a place exists, I put up my gear at the parking lot, in the middle of a forrest. Some clouds moved in at the maximum of the eclipse, but all in all its been a great day for taking the telescope out. Enjoy!

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Setting up for the eclipse…

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Mirrored image on the screen due to the deflection mirror of the telescope…

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Clouds coming in at the maximum of the eclipse…

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Mosaic of the eclipse…

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Single shot from the around the maximum of the eclipse; the eclipse partially eclipsed by clouds (pun intended)…

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Crop of one of the images; one can see clearly the rugged edge of the Moon disk because of all the craters on the Moon…

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Mars, Moon, Mercury, Venus, May 14, 2021

After raining the whole day the day before, the sky just cleared up in time. The atmosphere was clear and crisp and after not being out at nights for the last two month, I was on my way. Headed to a place just a stones throw away from my home and got treated by a sight I can’t get enough from: the crescent Moon at nautical twilight. Featured by Mars, Mercury and Venus, they all lined up along the ecliptic. A great night out (despite the nighttime curfew). Enjoy!

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Belt of Venus and Earth Shade above my home town. The light clouds are man-made and emanate from a cooling tower of a nuclear power plant some 35 km away…

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The graphic silhouettes of the hop fields just make my day (every night)…

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Crescent moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Planet Venus in all its glory during nautical twilight…

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Four verts pano, feat. the crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus. Elusive Mercury, our innermost planet, can only be seen like this for a few days of the year…

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Along the ecliptic they go: Mars, Moon, Mercury and Venus…

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Some withered dandelion, hop fields and an amazing night sky…

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Circumscribed Solar Halo

While working at my brothers place on a roof top last Saturday, I noticed a halo around the sun at midday. So I went back home, grabbed my big camera, took some photos and went back to work. After I had processed the images the next day, I noticed a second, weird looking halo around the usual 22° halo. It took me a couple of days to figure out what I had got there: a so-called circumscribed solar halo. Because the sun was almost in zenith, the circumscribed halo formed an oval around the sun. Its shape depends very much on the solar altitude. When the sun is lower than 29°, the halo separates into the lower and upper tangent arches, formed by the same ice crystals. There is a good read here: https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/weather/spectacular-sky-circles-around-the-sun-over-comox-valley-1.3952525 and a ton of information can be found on this site: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circum.htm . Enjoy!

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A so-called circumscribed halo around a 22° halo…

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Enhanced crop from the original one…

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Halo parade seen from my porch…

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Crescent Moon At The Hopfields

First time out shooting at night after a couple of weeks, featuring the Crescent Moon on the second day after New Moon. The hopfields of my home, the Hallertau, give a great graphic contrast to the changing colours during nautical twilight at nights. Even better the temperature was down to -10°C, so the air was crisp and crystal clear. A good night out. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Images Of 2020

2020 has been  some sort of a roller coaster ride to all of us I guess. But despite Covid 19, my life this past year has been dominated by whitnessing and photographing the coolest comet in ages, traveling to France with one of my sons and of course roaming the back yards of my beloved home. Life is good, even with a lot of restrictions. So here are my twelve favorites of 2020. Enjoy and have a good one in 2021!

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Milky Way above Hohe Göll Ridge, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise, Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol…

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Setting crescent Moon above hop fields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Crescent Moon and Venus above hop fields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise and noctilucent clouds above my home town, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Comet Neowise at Stilfser Joch, South Tyrol…

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Bidding farewell to fading comet Neowise, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Setting crescent Moon above a field of round bales of straw, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Setting full Moon in the morning, seen from Biarritz, France…

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Twilight at Col d´Osquich, France…

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Mother Mary mosaic at Lourdes, France…

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Star gazing with my son – Saturn and Jupiter above our heads, Cirque de Navacelles, France…

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Along France´s Coastline

Some impressions from France´s coastline from around Calais down to Biarritz while traveling it for three weeks in Aug./Sept. 2020. Enjoy!

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First night at the sea, Cap Gris-Nez…

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First morning at the sea, Cap Gris-Nez…

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Oyster poles, Cap Gris-Nez…

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A windy sunday afternoon at Ambleteuse…

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White cliffs at Le Treport and…

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Mers-les-Bains…

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A couple enjoying the show at Le Treport…

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White cliffs at Etretat…

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Overlooking Etretat…

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Storm is coming in at Etretat…

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View from Longues-sur-Mer towards Arramanches-les-Bains and the remains of the Mulberry B complex…

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Les Braves monument at Omaha Beach…

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…the reason I initiated the Tour de France…

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Mont-Saint-Michel out in the mud flats…

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La Tombelaine at sunset…

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View from the dunes of Pilat towards the Atlantic Ocean…

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Les Cavaliers beach, north of Biarritz…

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Setting full Moon in the morning, seen from Biarritz, facing Spain´s coastline (to the right)…

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