Tag Archives: Lower Bavaria

Hop Field At Night

Strolling around last night to get some impressions of the current hop harvest in the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, I came across this new built up hop plant. The poles are set up, but the cables and wires are not attached so far. That makes a great graphic silhouette against the night sky. Enjoy!

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6-verts-pano…the Big Dipper showing the way to Polaris (top right) and Arcturus (middle left)…

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Update: was this night there again with my kids, showing them the stars…

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14.09.2015: Capella/constellation Auriga, showing up after nautical twilight…

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Blue Hour and the stars start to pop out…view goes towards Perseus and Triangulum…

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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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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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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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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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