Tag Archives: Germany

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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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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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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Hop Gardens, Nocturnal

Some impressions from my latest visit to my beloved hop gardens of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria. These fields are just a stone´s throw away from where I used to live and to roam the streets. The structures of the poles and wires building a very graphic design against the changing colors of the night sky. During the transition from nautical twilight towards astronomical twilight, light pollution from even the smallest villages become visible. One of the very few nights of 2014, we have had a clear sky on a New Moon´s night. Until I was 17 years old, I did all of the work according to the hop gardens, myself, helping my parents on our farm. Nowadays, I just enjoy being out there at nights, photographing the hop fields and  listening to the sounds of the night, and sometimes having a chat with some curios farmers. Enjoy!

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Civilian twilight @ the hop gardens…

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Stars popping out @ nautical twilight…

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Light pollution becomes visible @ astronomical twilight…

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Feat. Antares, Mars, Saturn & the asteroid Vesta…

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My office…

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An oncoming vehicle illuminating the structures of the hop gardens – Milky Way towering above…

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” Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”  Alan Watts

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Having Fun With: My Kids, The Crescent Moon & The Olight SR 95

Unexpectedly, the skies cleared up tonight and what better to do than catching my kids and heading to a spot which looked promisingly good for aligning with the Crescent Moon. TPE (http://photoephemeris.com) confirmed my speculations and we were right on spot for the setting Crescent Moon. What better than spending such moments with your loved ones? Helena (9) was wearing one of my hoodies (from Australia) and Jakob (10) was wearing his bathrobe…while I was managing the incredible Olight SR 95 (http://olightworld.com/product/sr95-intimidator/), a flashlight of it´s own…Enjoy!

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The Crescent Moon @ the chapel, illuminated from some 400 m afar…

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Having fun @ twilight…

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The setting Crescent Moon, Feat. Arcturus (top right)…

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Another Night Out – With The Polarie

Haven´t used the Vixen Polarie since almost one year now, everything what is needed to use that star tracking device fell into place last night. The high towering MilkyWay, a nice foreground and a starry night two days before New Moon got me going. For the first time since six month, I have spent the whole night out, first catching the MilkyWay and later on waiting for the Crescent Moon to rise over my old home turf. What a night to remember…watching the MilkyWay and Andromeda Galaxy, the conjunction of Mercury, Venus and the Moon, the ISS flying by (with Germany´s own Alexander Gerst), and the change of colors during the different times of twilight in the morning. But most of all: feeling the serenity and silence of the night again, feeling being one with the universe. Like Neville said: ” The world is an ocean of liquid light in countless different states of crystallization.” Enjoy!

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda…

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Prunn Castle, MilkyWay & Andromeda, with Canon 1100d (a) and Polarie, with some faint Air Glow…

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Crescent Moon rising above my “home” church”…

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Crescent Moon rising two days before New Moon…

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Venus to the left joining the show…

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ISS on the way or how to build a triangle…

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Mercury (lower left), Venus (center) and Crescent Moon at the end of nautical twilight…

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ISS & German Astronaut Alexander Gerst

Just managed to catch the ISS flying over my turf. Germany´s own, Alexander Gerst is on bord of the ISS since the 28th of May and will stay there for six months. More info here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Blue_dot/Alexander_s_first_week_in_space. Enjoy!

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ISS flying by, 07.06.2014, 00:03-00:08 am, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany…

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ISS with Alexander Gerst onboard, 09.06.2014, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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