Author Archives: Werner Priller

About Werner Priller

Hi, I´m a bavarian based amateur photographer, with interests in astronomy and ancient cultures...

Moonscapes Of June 2018

I´m always over the moon while photographing the Moon (pun intended). Enjoy!

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Waning gibbous Moon, just before sunrise, 06/02/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/15/2018…

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Venus, Moon and Castor &Pollux @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon setting @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/16/2018…

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Petrova Gora, Croatia

While planning my trip to Croatia and Bosnia last September, I came across a place on Google Maps called Petrova Gora. Never heard of it, nor knowing a place like this would exist, I got instantly hooked what I had found out searching the internet. Thinking about Croatia, nice beaches, crystal clear waters and waterfalls came to my mind. But nothing like Petrova Gora, a so-called “spomenik”, a monument, a lost place, from a time when Yugoslavia still existed. The location, the architecture, the design, the abandonment of this place is extraordinary, out of this world to say the least. Arriving on a rainy and foggy afternoon driving uphill a gravel road through the woods, spending the night up there and exploring the basement the next morning have been an amazing experience. I hope this place stays like this in the future time for others to explore and to enjoy. If you want to learn more about this place and the spomeniks of former Yugoslavia in general, visit this site: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org . Enjoy!

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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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