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: 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.

Observing log of 25 May 2016: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Together with Robert Schulz we were able to take images of three planets in one night. Unfortunately the conditions were extremely bad.

Observing log of 9 May 2016: Mercury transit
On 2016 May 09, Mercury transited the Sun for the first time since 2006. The transit or passage of an inner planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence.

Observing log of 29 April 2016: Deep Sky and planetary observing
Viktor observed objects of the winter and spring starry sky. NGC 4361, NGC 5466, M 3, M 13, NGC 6207, NGC 4490 and Jupiter

Observing log of 5 April 2016: Sunset in Sahara dust
Air pollution was high in Eastern Austria and Europe as a flow of air brought Saharan dust from north Africa resulting in yellowish hazy sky near sunset.

Planets image: Jupiter, 17 March 2016
The biggest planet of our solar system, seen through a 12" Newton reflector at steady seeing moments. The shadow of the outer moon Callisto (IV) can be spotted in the northern polar region of Jupiter.

Happy new year with new images in the fauna, flora and landscape section and
a new gallery section "mineralia"
Searching through an old harddisk I could find old makro photos of insects and landscape photos.





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