Moonscapes – Recently Taken

A random collection of Moonscapes, taken the last couple of days. Enjoy!

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Immersion of The Lib, SAO 159563 (Close double star), 4.1mag, Position angle=136.7°, Azimuth az=234.1°, Altitude h=5.9°, RA=15h54.7m  Dec=-16°46.3′, Moon phase=50.8%, Sun elevation hsun=-20.2° (dark limb)…   www.calsky.com

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Air-Liner & gibbous Moon…

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Sunflowers & Moon, the day before Full Moon, 28.08.2015…

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Rising Full Moon & Church, Lower Bavaria, 29.08.2015…

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Rising Full Moon close to the weathercock…

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Full Moon, Focal Length 2000 mm, (Full Frame on 8″ telescope)…

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Cloud patterns covering the Full Moon later that night…

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Rising Moon (the night after Full Moon) behind the brewery sign of Hornecker Brewery, Lower Bavaria…

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Setting Moon @ Wieser Kreuz, Weltenburger Enge Nature Reserve, Lower Bavaria, 02.09.2015…

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Conjunction Of Moon & Venus, 20./21.04.2015

Some impressions of the recent conjunction of the crescent Moon and Venus. It is always helpful to know your places/where to go to and revisit them from time to time – even better with some long-awaited/longed for – high-pressure weather. Even spotted an eagle owl and lots of bats cruising around twilight. Enjoy!

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Crescent Moon, Venus and Aldebaran (center left)…

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Spikes added to make the faint stars during nautical twilight more visible; the Hyades with Aldebaran to the left, the Pleiades to the right…

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Seven-verts-pano, feat. Crescent Moon & Venus @ nautical twilight…

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Swirling light tracks above the water, caused by lit bat eyes…

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At the lake…

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Crescent Moon close to Aldebaran, Venus right above @ the Munich TV tower…

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Five-horizontal-pano @ the beginning of astronomical twilight…

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Good Friday´s Full Moon, 03.04.2015

Easter (Sunday) has come to be the first Sunday after the first Full Moon in spring time. Since we got a fierce storm with hail, sleet and gale force winds for the last couple of days, the sky just opened up for the Full Moon to rise on Good Friday. Though the “real” Full Moon will happen on Easter Saturday, it is better to photograph the Full Moon a day prior to the calculated Full Moon;  the contrasts are not that much difficult to handle (and it is raining again anyway today…). Images are taken on the fields of my family, were I grew up. Happy Easter!

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Wide angle view (35mm)…after a couple of minutes, the Moon has been swallowed by clouds…

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Four-verts-pano (400mm), along with my favorite oak-tree, just a stroll behind my parents farm…

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Making of…

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Solar Eclipse Of The Sun, 20.03.2015

Perfect conditions for watching the solar eclipse of the sun this last Friday morning! It´s been “only” a partial eclipse of the Sun in Lower Bavaria, Germany, where I live, but nonetheless a day to remember. More info (in German): http://eclipse.astronomie.info/2015-03-20/ . And again, Thierry Legault nailed it big-time: http://www.astrophoto.fr/eclipse-iss-20150320.html . Enjoy!

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Set-up…

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Conjunction Of Crescent Moon, Venus & Mars, 20.02.2015

Conjunction of the Crescent Moon, Venus (left) and Mars (top left), 20.02.2015. The sky cleared up just in time to witness this celestial spectacle, after almost ten days of fog due to the typical wintry inversion weather. The image shows the church of St.Andreas of my hometown Pürkwang, Lower Bavaria, Germany, which was built 1462 with its 46 m high bell-tower. The  scene is taken of seven vertical images at nautical twilight , stitched using Hugin, stars done with Gimp and doing some adjustments with Lightroom. Click on the image to go full-screen (2560 px). Enjoy!

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Hop Fields At Sunset

Revisiting the same place over and over again may sound a bit boring, but the possibilities it holds photographically speaking are diverse. I have spent days and nights out in the hop fields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, either working there in my adolescent days or nowadays, just cruising around to see what might get my attention. No night shots this time, but the setting sun, which is only visible like that around this time of the year. Enjoy!

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About one hour before sunset, the sun is still pretty intense…

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The sun just before hitting some clouds…

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Just before heading back home, the sun got out of the clouds…

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A crystal clear sun showing up…

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Back On Track

An almost 3-year long crusade of disorientation has finally came to an end. Just before X-mas 2014, I moved back to the area where I grew up, just a stones throw away from my parental home. I love traveling, but I also love being at home, doing some craft work (joiner) again and carrying for my children. I don´t have to run anymore, looking for something on the outside. If things are supposed to be, they will be. The key to happiness? Be thankful for what you already have…Here are some images from my new and yet so familiar playground. I love it being back home – back on track. And yes – I´m addicted to the Moon… Enjoy!

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The first Crescent Moon after New Moon setting beneath the church where I was baptized…

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Venus to the left, Crescent Moon to the right, while Mercury is hiding behind the bell tower; notice the hare to the lower left…

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Half Moon above the hop fields of the Hallertau…

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Graphics everywhere…

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Solitude…

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Crescent Moon and Venus setting at nautical twilight…

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