Nights become longer again
Summer is a difficult time for the amateur astronomer. Not only that the nights are short, they are also bright and - at least for imaging with a DSLR camera - uncomfortably warm. The nights of the last three weeks were definitely too warm for decent pictures. With chip temperatures as high as 95°F all you can see after five minutes of exposure is noise. This, at least, was an opportunity to experiment and recalibrate the optics thoroughly.
In May, I tried to complete the project "Iris Nebula" but astonishingly the resulting image became worse rather than better. I try that again next year.
I started two new projects. Firstly I began to image the North America Nebula. I intended to combine images taken with the h-alpha filter with normal color images, but at this point I didn't get more than a few h-alpha pics. You can see the provisional result in the gallery.
I am just now processing the second project and in a few days I will also show you that in the "work in progress" section in the gallery.
See you soon.
Whats new in 2013?
Let's be honest... at least for us here in the northern part of Germany 2012 was a katastrophe, when it comes to observing the night sky. Clear skies were extraordinarily rare and more than once, I set the scope up under clear evening skies and carried everything back inside an hour later, when thick clouds gathered, after all. To cap it all, winter was almost totally clouded out and did not let me get outside a single night for literaly months. I would so have loved to try on the winter-classics like the Horesehead-, Orion- or Rosette-Nebula.
But well, now it's 2013 and it seems as if this year would be better than the last. Not only because of the weather, that already gave me a few good nights, but also because of the events we cal all look forward to. After the comet PANSTARRS - at least for those who have a telescope or at least binoculars - beautifies our sky since March, a second Comet, called "ISON" will arrive in November and might well become the brightest comet since 100 years ago. This is, however, what we can hope, because it is hard to predict what the brightness really will be. After I left out PANSTARRS, I'd like to take a few pictures of ISON.
In early summer, I plan to finish my Iris-Nebula project. Besides that, I will pick at least one hydrogen nebula to try out my new H-alpha narrowband filter. The "Northamerica-Nebula" in Cygnus is one object that definatly comes into question.
I'm really looking forward to that all - and so, I hope, do you.
Hello and welcome to my website.
I set up this site because it turned out that friends and family were much more interested in my hobby, astrophotography, than I first thought. Instead of continuing to send multilingual e-mails throughout the world with links and explanations every time I finished an image, I decided to collect everything and deal with the task here.
I will put the images and information into the gallery step by step. Besides introducing the hard- and software I use and the procedures that lead to an astro image, I also plan to publish a blog where I'd like to give my answers to your most frequently asked questions.
So, if you're interested in what I do and how my progress is, you are welcome to register with this site. All the registrees will receive e-mail whenever a new picture is up.
Have fun on Edgewood!