Tag Archives: Nautical Twilight

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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Chasing Comet Neowise, July 18th-21st

I got two days off from work so I packed my stuff and went to South Tyrol, Switzerland and Italy on Saturday, to travel to some high alpine passes I always wanted to see but haven´t been able to in the past. Stilfser Joch, Umbrail Pass and Gavia Pass were the chosen ones, all of them ranking between 2500 – 2800 m. The first night was a blast; the sky cleared up and comet Neowise was easily visible to the northwest, while the Milkyway was towering in the south. Around 4:00 am, the last crescent Moon before New Moon rose to the east, with Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter wandering along the ecliptic. The impressions of those nights are almost not bearable, and since I´m traveling on my own, there is no one to talk to about feelings and emotions. Very intense nights. From crystal clear skies to sheet lightning, I got it all, not to forget the stunning scenery during day time. So here are just my favorite comet images from those three nights and hopefully I will be able to process/stack a set of single frames of Neowise from the first night. Enjoy!

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The sky cleared up on the first night, Stilfser Joch, 2757m, South Tyrol…

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Comet gazing…

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Colorful comet Neowise…

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What a beauty, 81 sec., 200 mm, Polarie…

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Neowise to the left, Venus, Hyades and Pleiades to the right…

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Fading away during nautical twilight…

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Lots of airglow around on the second night, Umbrail Pass, 2501 m, Switzerland…

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Neowise hiding behing 3000 m mountains, just showing its tail, surrounded by airglow, Gavia Pass, 2621 m, Italy…

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but finally showed up during nautical twilight, making one last impression…

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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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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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Crescent Moon and Venus, March 2020

Some impressions from the crescent Moon/Venus conjunction on the nights of 26th/27th/28th March 2020 around the hopfields of my home, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Enjoy and stay healthy!

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Crescent Moon and Venus feat.: my home town church, 26th March…

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Crescent Moon and Venus above, 27th March…

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Peacefulness, 27th March…

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Crescent Moon @ sunset, 28th March…

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Crescent Moon and Venus @ nautical twilight, 28th March…

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Crescent Moon, July 2019

It never gets old photographing the Moon, this time on the second and third day after New Moon, July 2019. Enjoy!

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Them colours around nautical twilight…

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…on the second day after New Moon around the fields of my home turf…

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Viewing the Crescent Moon on the third day after New Moon…

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…from my living room, along with a feathered critter at the lower left…

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Moonscapes Of June 2018

I´m always over the moon while photographing the Moon (pun intended). Enjoy!

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Waning gibbous Moon, just before sunrise, 06/02/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/15/2018…

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Venus, Moon and Castor &Pollux @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon setting @ the end of nautical twilight, 06/15/2018…

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Crescent Moon @ dusk, 06/16/2018…

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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 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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