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ISS Double Transit

On the 7th of May 2018, the ISS transited the sun twice from a single place, just a few kilometres away from where I live. The first transit happened at 06:37 am, the second one at 08:12 am. I also could watch the very first flyover at 04:47 am from my room window while getting up in the morning. The image is a composite of a set of still frames, taken from videos of  the two transits. To get the shot, I used https://www.calsky.com and Lightroom and Gimp for processing the image. Enjoy!


Double transit of the ISS in front of the sun, 05|07|2018…


Getting ready for the transit, while the Moon is setting to the west…




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!


IMG_7079-1“Point of view…”







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!



About one hour before sunset, the sun is still pretty intense…



The sun just before hitting some clouds…






Just before heading back home, the sun got out of the clouds…



A crystal clear sun showing up…


Blog.17.2.15-6…just to hit the horizon haze a few minutes later.


The Transit Of Venus 06/06/2012

Not as spectacular as a solar eclipse, but by far the most rare celestial event a human being can view – the transit of Venus in front of the Sun. After the last transit in 2004, there was a gap of 8 years, which happened yesterday, 2012, while the next interval will be 105 years, and then again 8 years, and so on. If you missed it this time (2012) or the last time (2004, like me), you will have to wait until 2117 and 2125….

Preparing for the transit, I watched the weather forecasts and potential places I could go to, but in the morning of the 6th, my only goal was: head to the east as far you can go! The sky was clouded and there has been only a small band of clear sky to the horizon. Arriving at the estimated sunrise time, I only got time to set up my camera and telescope, snapped a few shots and the show was over already after a couple of minutes. Looking at some of the images back home has been very rewarding, though the happening didn´t last long – better than nothing. Enjoy!

Single shot of the Venus Transit, Meade 8″/Pentax k-x, 3000 mm, no crop…

Crop from the shot above…

Artistic version: Composite of two different images with different a focal length and from two different locations…

Until 2117….

Waiting for a clear sky!

Getting information on 2nd Jan. that there would be a partial eclipse of the sun (P.e.o.t.S.) on 4th Jan.-which you can watch in Germany-I got instantly very excited about going out and watching it. After making plans with my family, we got up at 4:00 am that particular day and started driving at 4:30 with destination “Zugspitze”, the highest mountain in Germany, some 190 km away. Because the weather forecast predicted fog for the lower parts, we thought it would be best travelling up to the mountains. Knowing we would be up on top of the Zugspitze (2962 m) with a cable railway in less than 10 min., this was our best chance of seeing the P.e.o.t.S.. On our way up there has also been a camera team of Bavarian Television, which was quite funny.

At least there havn´t been to many people up there. It was some minus 17 degrees cold, with a strong wind blowing   it felt even more cold. As soon the sun came up around 8:03 am, there also started to form patches of low stratus above the mountain ridge. What a pity! While I was anxiously waiting for the big conjunction, my wife and the kids went inside to the observation cafe, from where they had also a good-and even warmer-view for the spectacle.

After waiting for a while, I decided to go in too, because I felt really bad being out in the cold and not getting a properly few at the eclipse. I´m also ashamed to admit, that I hadn´t got proper filters to view and photograph the eclipse. I learned the hard way that solid and graduated density filters wont do it! Anyway, it was my first attempt, though there will be two more P.e.o.t.S. this year, but not visibly in Europe. To see “corona photos”, I attached two links further down. But photographing on top of Germany was exciting too.

For me, the main goal was to celebrate this event, which is not quite often to see and which connects me a lot with the older cultures I admire so much, like the Sumerian. Being aware watching this spectacle, shows me a great humility for life itself!