Tag Archives: Nautical Twilight

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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Black Forest Sojourn

Last week, I traveled to Freiburg, some 480 km west from where I´m living, attending a lecture by one of Germany´s most recognized (spiritual) book authors, Robert Betz. While traveling there, I took the chance to visit a lot of often-heard places at the Black Forest, but unfortunately haven´t been there myself so far. You know, since I quit my old job, I got time for what I love doing most, traveling and photography (besides carrying for my family…). First, I sought I would visit the Vosges Mountains in France, bordering onto South-West Germany, but the Black Forest area got so many attractions, that almost time ran out after five days of living out of the car. The stills/video is including places like the Japanese Garden of Freiburg, mountains with funny names like Schauinsland and Hornisgrinde, waterfalls like Todtnau Falls and Allerheiligen Falls, monastery ruins, views over the Rhine valley towards the Vosges Mountains, dramatic sunsets, windswept beech trees, snow at  Feldberg Mt. (highest mountain of the B.F. area), and yes, of course, my beloved night sky. Best of all, almost no tourists around at this time of the year. But with some of them, and that is becoming new to me (not really new, but it is coming back in some sort of way…), I´m getting into interaction. Sometimes just a small talk, sometimes a discussion about life itself or giving a young lady and her dog a lift to a place where I was already heading to. Life is reflecting what you are sending out – if you want it or not…By the way, music is by Nelly Furtado, a fantastic song called “Stars”. Enjoy!

(Press the HD-button for a better resolution if you like…)

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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” (Albert Einstein)

Sometimes, Magic Happens…

After touring Sicily for two weeks and having varying weather conditions down there (for night photography…), I found myself back home with best conditions for what I like doing most at nights – shooting stars. Heading out to my new favorite spot after sunset, I set up my gear for doing a startrail image, which I haven´t done since more than half a year now. The gibbous Moon was shining bright behind my back, so I got an hour or two before he would get into my set-up. Earlier, on the way to my spot, I had seen some deer, which are roaming this area frequently, and I “meet” them almost every time I´m out there. After finishing the startrail sequences (before the Moon gets into the image), I packed my stuff and walked uphill through the still leafless beech forest. And than it happened. When I got out of the woods, just before heading down the trail to the right, I spotted two deer, standing some 50 m uphill on a crest, grazing on the field. Wow. I had anticipated such a scene for so many times and now, out of nowhere, it happened! I was so excited that I wasn´t able to find a proper focus to get the shot I was thinking of for so long and for so many times: a deer standing on a crest, on a clear line with no distractions (bushes, trees…), with the stars in the background! Being actually very shy animal, they did let me be around for more than one hour, standing eye to eye,letting me follow them through their grazing around the field. I was so in awe, I got completely lost in time. Sometimes, magic happens….Enjoy!

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Startrails & Oak Tree @ Nautical Twilight…

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Roebuck, eye to eye, amidst the stars…

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Deer “posing” for the watcher;)…

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“Your imagination is your preview of life´s coming attractions.” (Albert Einstein)

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