Tag Archives: Milky Way

New Moon Nights

Some impressions from last weeks drive to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria. Two nights in a row during New Moon with almost clear skies. What better? Enjoy!

.

Around 12:00 pm, the sky cleared up, giving way to the Milky Way, and lots of light pollution along the horizon, Jupiter (center) and Saturn (to the left)…

.

Brennkogel, 3018 m, feat. the Milky Way…

.

Stargazing @ 2517 m a.s.l….

.

A bit hazy on the second night…

.

Star tracking…

.

NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, 35 x 120 sec…

.

Beauty of the night sky, 44 x 20 sec…

.

Road Trip To Italy and Switzerland

Some impressions from my latest road trip to Italy and Switzerland, late February 2019. Lots of snow around, but uncommonly warm at this time of the year…Enjoy!

.

Setting Moon over the Lechtaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria…

.

Anti-tank obstacles, covered in 1.5 m of snow, Plamort, South Tyrol, Italy…

.

Eerie looking halo covering the half Moon, early morning @ Ofen Pass, Switzerland…

.

Lenticular clouds at sunset over Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

.

Pre-dawn with the rising crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter, Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

.

Magical light @ Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

.

Not an everyday sight…railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

.

Paintings around a public well, Tirano, Italy…

.

Somewhere around Lago di Como, Italy…

.

Simplon Adler (Monument), Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

.

Stargazing @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…notice the bright light to the right…

.

…the so-called Zodiac Light, pointing towards the Pleiades and engulfing Mars and Uranus…

.

Lots of high-alpine roads are closed in Switzerland during winter times…

.

Along the Simplon Pass route…

.

Ganter bridge and Bortelhorn (center), 3193 m, Switzerland…

.

Second night @ Simplon Pass, with Orion up high…

.

Pre-dawn @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

.

Winter´s magic @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland

.

Verbania @ Lago Maggiore, Italy, with the snow-capped suisse Alps in the distance, where I just got down from…

.

Lago Maggiore, seen from Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy…

.

Touring The Western Alps

Here is a random set of images from my recent 14 day journey through the Western Alps, the border region of Italy and France. It will take some time to go through the pile of images, even more I will be away again in two weeks time, heading down to the Balkans…Enjoy!

.

Colle de Nivolet, 2612 m, Italy…

.

Milky Way @ Gran Paradiso NP, Italy…

.

Colle del Gran San Bernardo, 2469 m, Italy…

.

Crescent Moon @ Colle del Picollo San Bernando, 2188 m, Italy…

.

Fort @ Colle de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

.

Shelter for the night after an unexpected thunderstorm @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

.

Camp for the night after rain and thunder passed away @ Col du Chaberton, 2671 m, France…

.

Sunrise @ Mont Chaberton, 3136 m, France…

.

Sunset @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, Italy…

.

Dusk @ Col de Finestre, 2176 m, looking towards Valle di Susa, Italy…

.

Abandoned bunker from WW II @ Colle de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

.

Chamois @ Col de la Lombarde, 2351 m, Italy…

.

Somewhere along the road @ Parc Naturel Regional du Queyras, France…

.

Camp for the night @ Crete de la Lausetta, 2371 m, Italy to the left, France to the right…

.

Looking towards Mont Blanc (covered by clouds, to the right)…

.

Flock of sheep along Col de la Bonette, France…

.

Zen at its best, between Saorge and Tende, France…

.

Rainbow @ Col de L´Iseran, 2770 m, France…

.

Bunker @ Col de la Bonette, 2715 m, France…

.

Fort @ Colle di Tenda, 1908 m, Italy…

.

 

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!

.

Chadar Trek, Ladakh/Zanskar, India…

.

Hopfields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

.

Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

East Coast, Australia…

.

South Tyrol, Italy…

.

Black Forrest, Germany…

.

Black Forrest, Germany…

.

The Dolomites, Italy…

.

Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

.

The Dolomites, Italy…

.

Hopfields, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

.

Zillertal, Austria…

.

Mali Alan, Croatia…

.

Ofenpass, Switzerland…

.

Baade´s Window and SWEEPS

I got my first glance of Baade´s Window through Serge Brunier´s book “The Universe”, p. 24/25, in 2011 and  it almost felt like I could put myself into a bed of stars. The area looks like a nebula made out of stars, but in real, the millions of stars are separated by thousands of billion kilometres by each other. The area is mostly free of interstellar dust and therefore astronomers use it to view the galactic core of our home galaxy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baade%27s_Window. Within Baade´s Window is another small window called “SWEEPS”, used for monitoring the visible stars for extrasolar planets in 2006, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_Window_Eclipsing_Extrasolar_Planet_Search. Being able processing images I had taken back in August 2013 in Australia and seeing the results now in 2018 is very satisfying and makes me wanna go back “to the stars” every time I look at the image. Enjoy!

.

Looking straight at the core of our home galaxy, the Milkyway, towards the constellation of Sagittarius. 66 images stacked, with a total of 29 min. of exposure time, using a Vixen Polarie and a Canon 1100 Da with a 70-200mm lens @ 70mm, processed via PixInsight, ColorEfex and Lightroom, East coast Australia Aug. 2013, processed Feb. 2018

.

Annotated image…does anyone notice the “skull like shape” between NGC 6357 and M6?

.Cropped detail…

Re: The Milky Way – By Canon 1100 D(a) & Vixen Polarie

In 2012 I did a post about imaging the Milky Way combining it with a photogenic foreground (https://wp.me/p1aVSr-A8). The images were taken more than five years ago now, using a Vixen Polarie  and a modified Canon 1100 D – which makes it a 1100 D (a). Back then I took a set of images of the same subject, with exposure times up to 5 minutes, hoping that there might be some software out there for stacking star images and combining them with a static foreground image, preferably (but not always) taken with the same camera settings prior to the others. The only difference: turning off the tracker device while shooting the foreground. The shown images in this post are all composites, with a “tracked” background and a “non-tracked” foreground, using PixInsight (stacking), Gimp (merging), Viveza (local adjustments) and Lightroom (general adjustments). Next step will be putting together a mosaic of a set of stacked images of our Milky Way, taken in August 2013, East coast Australia. Enjoy!

.

 

South Tyrol, Italy, left: 5 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 423 sec. for the stars and 179 sec. for the foreground…

.

 

The Dolomites, Italy, left: 6 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1024 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

.

 

Großglockner Ridge, Austria, left: 14 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1318 sec. for the stars and 357 sec. for the foreground…

.

 

The Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, left: 23 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1191 sec. for the stars and 169 sec. for the foreground…

.

 

Brennkogel and Hochtor, Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria, left: 10 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1625 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

.

Grmec: Bosnia´s Lost Spomenik (Monument)

The reason we traveled to Bosnia in Sept. 2017 (while visiting Croatia in the first place) got one name: Grmec! After crossing the border at Prnjavor, we went further on via Bihac, Vrtoce and Medeno Polje, visiting some other spomenik sites along that way. At Bosanski Petrovac, we turned on a minor road towards Krnja Jela, following from there on a gravel road up into the Grmec Mountains. Henceforth we were blind flying…the road map we got was to imprecise, no GPS assistance, no internet connection. On our uncertain way through the woods we came across some forest workers, who were hauling logs with their horses and asked them for the way. While none of us was speaking a single word of their language, the first woodsman drew us a sketch. Some kilometres further, an old man showed us the direction towards a very muddy dirt road. We didn´t want the risk of getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere, so we turned around and thought that´s it. But shortly after that, on the way back, we came across two fellows with an old Mercedes pick-up truck and asked them for advice. You won´t believe it, but one of them was speaking perfectly german, while working in Germany for a long time. He explained us the way and after some 25 km and three hours of driving through Bosnian woods we arrived at Grmec…what a relief. We spent the night over there and got in contact with local log truckers the next morning. What a ride! Thank you Bosnia for having us and having a hell of a time!

If you want to learn more about this monument and  the spomeniks of former Yugoslavia in general: http://www.spomenikdatabase.org/grmec . Enjoy!

.

The road to Krnja Jela and the Grmec Mountains in the distance…

.

Forest worker on duty @ some very muddy dirt road, Grmec Mountains

.

Finally got there…

.

Someone must have been here before us…

.

The next four images: traces of a beautiful park before it got lost…

.

.

.

.

Eerie and beautiful…

.

…lit with a video light…

.

…and additional car head lights…and the Milky Way above.

.

The next morning…

.

…log truckers ready for take-off…

.

The destroyed Grmec Hotel or Korkanica Hotel…while talking to the truck drivers that morning, one asked me in between, what we are doing here, I replied: holidays, and he pointed towards the shattered building and stated in unbelief something like: Here!?!

.