Nightphotography At Spitzingsee Area, Upper Bavaria, Germany

Here are a couple more shots from my recent trip to the Spitzingsee area at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. The main reason for that trip has been the conjunction of moon and venus. But since I´m around, there is a lot more to photograph than this “event”. It´s been a full 12-hours “working day”, starting at 2:00 pm…, including 5 hours of driving, 2,5 h of walking/scouting/crawling and of course taking pictures for the rest of the time. While taking the startrail shots, I´ve found shelter under  a nearby old fir-tree. Lying on a “bed” of fir-tree branches which I´d put over the frozen hillside snow drift, I could do comfortably the star-watching-thing  and also having a nap in between.  What a night…;  Enjoy!


Wendelstein Mountain, 1838 m; with sun observatory


View to the south towards Austria, sidelit by the setting sun


Jupiter during civilian twilight


Conjunction of the crescent moon and venus, ~ 7° seperated, “hanging” around the constellation of Capricornus


Crescent moon/earthshine light amidst some fainter stars of the constellation of Capricornus and Aquarius (?)


Meteorite/Falling Star right in the center…


Another meteorite hitting the scene – above center…


Single startrail shot in RAW-modus, 10 min., ISO 400;


The constellation of  “The Big Dipper”,  upside down, right in the center…


Conjunction of the crescent moon and venus; composite of 11 single shots


Startrails at the slope of Brecherspitze Mountain, 1683 m, some 300 single shots,  each 30 sec.



“For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress; and as the evening twilight fades away the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet, 1807-1882)

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