Astrophotography

Double Cluster

The Double Cluster is also known as h and Chi Persei. You can see them with the naked eye in the constellation Perseus if you have a dark sky.

Capture Dates
Date31.12.2015
PlaceNeunkirchen
Telescope10″ Newton Reflector, 1250mm, f5
MountNEQ6
GuidingmGen
Magnification
CameraCanon EOS 60Da
Duration5x300sec at ISO1600
Used Software
StackingAdobe Photoshop CC
Post-ProcessingAdobe Photoshop CC

Super Harvest Blood Moon

Tonight three special moon events occurred:

  • a total lunar eclipse
  • the Harvest Moon
  • and a Supermoon

In this image you can see a comparison between the partial phase of the eclipse (left) and the totality (right).

Comet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Yesterday I had some time to process images of PANNSTARS C/2012 K1 I took on May, 19th 2014. This is my first comet and I think the result is not too bad.

At the time of capture the comet was in the constellation Ursa Major and had a magnitude of 9.6mag.

Additionally here is a short animation made of 10 images with 2 minutes exposure each at ISO1600, processed in Photoshop CC. This animation shows the speed of this comet on the sky. Therefore, capturing comets is a big challenge for every astro photographer.
(ATTENTION: It takes some time for the animation to load!)

Animation von Komet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Animation of comet PANNSTARS C/2012 K1

Capturing Dates
Datum19.05.2014
OrtNeunkirchen
Teleskop10″ Newton Reflector
MontierungNEQ6
NachführungmGen
Vergrößerung
AufnahmekameraCanon EOS 7D unmodified
Aufnahmedauer10x120sec at ISO1600
Used Software
StackingAdobe Photoshop CC
NachbearbeitungAdobe Photoshop CC

M106 Spiral Galaxy

At a distance of about 24 million light-years away from earth, Messier M106 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It’s appearant dimensions are 18,6’ x 7,2’, and it shines at magnitude 8,3 mag.

Picture of M106 Spiral Galaxy

Capture Dates
Date29.03.2014
PlaceNeunkirchen
Telescope10″ Newton Reflector
MountNEQ6
GuidingmGen
Magnification
CameraCanon EOS 7D unmodified
Duration17x300sec at ISO3200
Used Software
StackingAdobe Photoshop CC
Post-ProcessingAdobe Photoshop CC

Comments, feedback and questions are not only allowed, but encouraged!

Clear Skies!

Jupiter and Europa

After some trial and error I finally got my first image of Jupiter with which I’m very satisfied.

Jupiter and Europa

Jupiter and Europa

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System and visible to the naked eye. He is one of the brightest objects in the night sky and was named after the Roman god Jupiter. With an approximate distance of 780 million kilometers, Jupiter is the fifth planet seen from the sun. For remembrance: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Jupiter has more than sixty moons. The largest are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They are also known as the Galilean moons, discovered by Galileo Galilei around 1610. They are easily visible with even low-powered binoculars.

A very prominent feature of Jupiter is the Great Red Spot. It is a giant hurricane (the largest hurricane in the Solar System) and is already visible through an amateur telescopes. In my image he is on the left side of Jupiter and very conspicuous because of his reddish color.

Due to the current opposition of Jupiter this won’t be my last image of Jupiter this year. Stay tuned for more images.

Capture Dates
Date14/03/2014
PlaceNeunkirchen (Austria)
Telescope10″ Newton Reflector
MountNEQ6
Magnification5x Barlow
CameraScopium Planet Camera
Durationabout 3 minutes
Used Software
StackingAviStack2
Post-ProcessingAdobe Photoshop CC

Comments, feedback and questions are not only allowed, but encouraged!

Clear Skies!

Supernova SN2014J in M82

Last night I was finally able to take some pictures of the new supernova SN2014J in M82. The days and weeks before I had no luck with the weather.

Supernova SN2014J in M82

On January 21, a group of astronomy students discovered the new Supernova Type Ia in the irregular galaxy M82. This galaxy is located about 12 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major (Great Bear). Although M82 is a very popular object for amateur astronomers as well as for scientists, the supernova was almost a whole week long undetected.

By chance, I made a picture of M82 on December 28, thus about 2 weeks before the start of the supernova. Here you can see a comparison of the two pictures including a detail and inverted version.

Supernova SN2014J in M82