Tag Archives: Twilight

Easter Full Moon

The media got pretty funny names these days for the different Full Moons of each month. This time it is the “Super Full Moon” due to its perigee to the earth. To me it is always like: “Whoa, look at the Moon”, no matter what phase the Moon is on. Hope you guys have a Happy Easter nonetheless. Enjoy and stay safe!

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On the eve before Full Moon, 7th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, seen on my way to work, 8th April 2020…

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Rise of the Super Full Moon, 8th April 2020…

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Setting Full Moon in the morning, 9th April 2020…

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A nice treat while being on the hunt for the Moon…

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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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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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Moonscapes Of May 2018

Always a joy catching up with the Moon. Enjoy!

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Full Moon setting over Berchtesgadener Alpen, with the Kehlsteinhaus to the far right, Rossfeld, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/01/2018…

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Crescent Moon rising @ Pürkwanger Kirche, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 05/13/2018…

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Crescent Moon and Venus over the hopfields of the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 05/18/2018…

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Moon and Venus at the end of nautical twilight, 05/18/2018

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Moon over Chiemsee and Kampenwand in the distance, Chiemsee, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/21/2018…

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Enjoying a day out @ Chiemsee, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 05/21/2018…

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Moonscapes Of Jan., Febr., March 2018

Here is a collection of my favorite moonscapes from 2018 so far. Enjoy!

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Starting 2018 with fireworks and a lunar halo @ 00:00:01am…

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Airliner crossing the Moon, 01|01|2018…

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Telescope imaging, 01|01|2018…

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Rising Moon above Mieminger Kette, Tyrol, Austria,  01|29|2018…

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Moon above Sonnenspitze, 2417 m, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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Telescope image of the full Moon, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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On the way back through a moonlit night, Tyrol, Austria, 01|29|2018…

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Rising full Moon @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|30|2018…

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Enjoying the show @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|30|2018…

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Setting full Moon @ Ofenpass, Switzerland, 01|31|2018…

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Setting crescent Moon @ my backyard, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 02|18|2018…

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Lunar halo, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 02|26|2018…

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Waning gibbous Moon, seen from my porch, 03|08|2018…

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Setting crescent Moon, along with Venus and Mercury @ Hirschaid, Upper Franconia, 03|19|2018…

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Crescent Moon @ nautical twilight, while Venus and Mercury are covered by clouds, Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 03|21|2018…

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Full Moon rising on Good Friday @ my backyard, Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, Germany, 03/30/2018…

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Good Friday´s full Moon in all its glory, 03|30|2018…

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Hop Field At Night

Strolling around last night to get some impressions of the current hop harvest in the Hallertau, Lower Bavaria, I came across this new built up hop plant. The poles are set up, but the cables and wires are not attached so far. That makes a great graphic silhouette against the night sky. Enjoy!

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6-verts-pano…the Big Dipper showing the way to Polaris (top right) and Arcturus (middle left)…

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Update: was this night there again with my kids, showing them the stars…

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14.09.2015: Capella/constellation Auriga, showing up after nautical twilight…

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Blue Hour and the stars start to pop out…view goes towards Perseus and Triangulum…

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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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The Smallest Full Moon…

…since more than 1000 years, is visible tonight, because of its farthest distance to the earth. And there won’t be a further away Full Moon until the year 2154! Photographing the Full Moon can be tricky, because of the high range of contrasts. Mostly I take images of the Full Moon a day prior to the “real” Full Moon, when there is still some twilight left, even then, there is a lot of contrast to handle. I got this image on the most popular German-speaking astronomy site ( http://news.astronomie.info/ai.php/bulletin/90000 ) today and I got a lot of response towards it. Also featuring – Jupiter (top left), while the terrestrial counterpart is the nuclear power plant of Niederaichbach, close to Landshut, the capital town of Lower Bavaria.

Like the Moon can´t shine without the sun, your eyes can´t sparkle without your inner light. 

This is what Hatha-Yoga is all about…”Ha” is the sun, “Tha” is the Moon. Your self can´t shine without the light within. Just saying…Enjoy!

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Full Moon & Jupiter, 15th Jan. 2014…

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