amateur astronomy ~ photography
by Jürgen Stöger


On this website you can find astronomical observing reports, tips for observing planets and deep sky objects, images and drawings of our solar system and distant objects in the unverse such as galaxies, star clusters and nebulae showing ionized gas and dust and daylight photos of mother nature and mountain hikes.

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New observing report with images: Polaris startrails and the windpark
Christian has a new toy, the Olympus E-M10 system camera. In the Zagersdorf wind park area he produced a nice widefield polaris startrail image.


New observing report with images: Pluto and Palomar 8 - 16/17 July 2013
In summer 2013 Pluto reached opposition on July 1st, 2013 in the constellation Sagittarius. I used an interval of 24 hours to capture the motion of the dwarf planet. Pluto shines at magnitude +14 from a distance of 4.7 billion kilometers from our home planet. Nice side effect: Palomar 8, a globular cluster can be seen 7 arcminutes nearby.

New observing report with images: Planets at sunset and double cluster
After a rainy day the evening sky became almost clear. The young crescent moon, a bright -4.0 mag Venus and Saturn were shining near the southwestern horizon.
Three hours later I tried to photograph the double cluster in Perseus. Clouds and fog interrupted the shooting.

New observing report with images: two PNs NGC 6905 and NGC 7026
There are many examples of excellent planetary nebulae images on the web. Using a test setup with the Celestron 11 and an ATIK 383L+ we took several 10 to 15 seconds single exposures of two planetary nebulae in Cygnus and Delphinus.

New deep sky image: M 17, Omega Nebula in Hα
During summer I tested my imaging setup and photographed the Omega Nebula Messier 17. The Omega Nebula is between 5000 and 6000 light-years from Earth and it spans some 15 light-years in diameter. The total mass of the Omega Nebula is an estimated 800 solar masses.

Observing log of 23 June 2016: Mars and Saturn
A month after our last planetary observing session we tried it once more. Once again the conditions were ugly.




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Visible planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune
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