Tag Archives: Moon

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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Crescent Moon, Mars, Venus, June 12th, 2021

Some snapshots from last night, featuring the Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus. The many storm clouds added some drama to the scene and the purified atmosphere after the rain offered some nice twilight colors too. It feels great being out at nights. Enjoy!

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That moment the Crescent Moon pops up…

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Venus to the lower right showing up…

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Joined by Mars at the upper left…

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Twilight colors…

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The Da Vinci Glow – quite visible…

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Mars (top left) and Venus (lower right); just a couple of minutes later the whole scene has been swallowed by the next set of incoming storm clouds…

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…looking like a raging rabbit…

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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 and Venus, December 2019

Finally, we got some fairly clear skies in December to photograph the waning crescent Moon rising in the morning on Chrismas Eve, while Venus joined the waxing crescent Moon setting at dusk on the two days before New Years Eve. Have a good one in 2020!

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Rising crescent Moon two days before New Moon, on the morning of Christmas Eve…

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Setting crescent Moon, joined by Venus to the right, three days after New Moon, 29th Dec., over the dormant asparagus fields of Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Wide field of the same scene like before…

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Making time visible…long exposure along the Autobahn, feat. Moon and Venus…

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Having a good time with my second oldest son @ sculpture park, Upper Bavaria…

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Setting crescent Moon on the 4th day after New Moon, along with Venus to the right…

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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!

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Setting Moon over the Lechtaler Alpen, Tyrol, Austria…

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Anti-tank obstacles from WW2, covered in 1.5 m of snow, Plamort, South Tyrol, Italy…

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

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Lenticular clouds at sunset over Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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

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Magical light @ Bernina Pass, Switzerland…

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Railroad through the city of Tirano, Italy…

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Paintings at a public well, Tirano, Italy…

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Somewhere around Lago di Como, Italy…

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Simplon Adler (Monument), Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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

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

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

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Along the Simplon Pass route…

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

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Second night @ Simplon Pass, with Orion straight ahead…

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Pre-dawn @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland…

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Winter´s magic @ Simplon Pass, Switzerland

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

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

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Albania: From Dusk Till Dawn

Some nighttime impressions from my latest journey to Albania, joined by my two grown-up  sons, late September/early October 2018. What can I say…Albania might be the least known country in whole Europe, some unchartered territory, wild and untamed, enchanting in its own unique way, with very helpful and heartwarming people. Albania is on the list for becoming a future travel destination and will hopefully find its balance and keep its spirit, serving adventurers and tourists alike. Enjoy!

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Earth shadow and belt of Venus appear about 15 min. after the sun has set on the opposite side @ Albanian Alps…

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Stars and the Milkyway appear @ the end of astronomical twilight, Albanian Alps…

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Full Moon setting over the serpentine of Rrapsh, about 20 min. before sunrise, with some Earth shadow and belt of Venus, Albanian Alps…

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Earth shadow and belt of Venus, Theth National park…

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Camp @ Theth National park…

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The two brightest dots in the image are Mars (left) and Saturn (right), using a Cokin diffuser…

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Just before sunrise @ the Albanian Alps…

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Tirana @ night…

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Arriving late at a most beautiful spot to stay for the night, everyone does what needs to be done…

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Terrestrial lights against celestial lights…

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Not much is spoken while enjoying the show…

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Jupiter (top left) and Venus (lower right) @ nautical twilight…

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Looking north @ the Ionian Mediterranean Sea…

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Arcturus (center), the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere…

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Single shot of the towering Milkyway, using the Polarie…

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Just before sunrise…

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Crescent Moon, 12th Sept. 2018

Some more images from the Hallertau, the world largest hop planting area, featuring the Crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter on the third night after New Moon. Enjoy!

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Venus (lower left) and Moon over a hop field…

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Venus, Moon and hop plant…

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Moon over St. Alban church, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Moon in between…

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Crescent Moon on the third night after New Moon…

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Jupiter (left) and Moon over the Abenstal, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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