Tag Archives: Germany

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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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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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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Round Bales Of Straw At Night

Just got back tonight with some impressions from a field with round bales of straw, just a stones throw away from where I live. From tomorrow on, I´ll be heading on a “Tour de France”, joined by one of my sons – three weeks of traveling, camping and goofying around. Enjoy!

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The first crescent Moon after New Moon setting above a field of round bales of straw…

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At the end of nautical twilight, the first stars become visible…

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Simplicity…

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More and more stars becoming visible…

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An oncoming farmer with his machinery providing some artificial light…

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The beauty of the night sky, big dipper in the center…

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Saturn and Jupiter and some satellite flare…

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More Of Comet Neowise, July 13th/14th 2020

Some more impressions of comet Neowise from July 13th and 14th. Lots of clouds around and short nights, but the view is astonishing, to say the least, and it won´t be back for the next 6.800 years. Enjoy!

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Nautical twilight at a wheat field, where minutes prior a badger crossed my path…

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what better?

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Around the hop fields

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July 14th…

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Clouds  coming in…

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Between the clouds…

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End of nautical twilight, colors are fading…

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Single shot: 60 sec. @ 200 mm and Polarie…

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Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise, July 10th 2020

Haven´t seen such a beauty of a comet since Panstarrs in 2014. Went out to one of my favorite locations around my home this morning at 3 am to see what I would get. Not only a comet, but also noctilucent clouds – very rare around the 48th latitude where I live. My jaws almost hit the ground when I saw the first image appearing on my screen out in the fields. But there has been more: the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Pleiades, the Hyades and the very faint Neptun and Uranus. What a morning to start with. Enjoy!

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Comet Neowise and NLC…

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My hometown church, Neowise and NLC…

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Venus within the Hyades, Aldebaran (below)…

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NLC, comet Neowise and Venus to the right…

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Crescent Moon and Venus around the Hop Fields

We got some pretty clear weather the last couple of weeks. After New Moon on the 23rd of April 2020, I was heading out every evening after that to photograph the Crescent Moon and Venus around the hop fields of my home, the Hallertau, the world largest hop planting area. What a playground to roam. Enjoy and take care!

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24th April 2020:

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25th April 2020:

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26th April 2020:

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Easter Full Moon

The media got pretty funny names these days for the different Full Moons of each month. This time it is the “Super Full Moon” due to its perigee to the earth. To me it is always like: “Whoa, look at the Moon”, no matter what phase the Moon is on. Hope you guys have a Happy Easter nonetheless. Enjoy and stay safe!

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On the eve before Full Moon, 7th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, seen on my way to work, 8th April 2020…

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Rise of the Super Full Moon, 8th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, 9th April 2020…

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A nice treat while being on the hunt for the Moon…

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