Lunar Eclipse August 1st 2008
This was the first solar eclipse that I observed (and photographed) with a telescope. This was a day that started of with lots of clouds in the morning, but by mid-day they would clear, so the weather service promissed. Well, it didn’t quite clear. Most of the clouds remained, just a few open patches. In the haste to get my gear out, I made a wrong connection; I connected 12 volts to the telescope where 6 volts were needed. So I blew up the tracking motors and every thing else was fried by the high voltage and resulting high current. Thats why this imaging session was limited by just one frame. Speaking of bad luck, or was this a lucky shot? 😉
Lunar Eclipse 16-08-2008
In just 14 days I was able to replace my burned out EQ5 mount with a brand new EQ6 mount. When you are in bad luck, you should always trade up! For this night everything looked to be going well. Except from the fact I had to work!. Luckely I could take my gear with me to work and prepare for a spledid sight. The imaging session resulted in a series of four images, shown below. For each image I took 20 frames, stacked them in Registax and enhanced them in Photoshop.
Solar Eclipse Januari 4th 2011
Could not believe my eyes when I woke up on Januari 4th 2011. This would be the day that a mayor solar eclipse would be visible during sunrise. Staring out my bedroom window before sunrise I already saw clouds rolling in. Went downstairs to make coffee. Sitting at the dinning table I suddenly saw a glimpse of sunlight. So Igrabbed my gear, rushed outside and there it was: The Eclipse. In a window of about 10 minutes I had to take my shots. After that, the sky closed and the show was over. Can you imagine how happy I am with this shot?
Noctilucent clouds on 3-7-2014
Night clouds or noctilucent clouds are tenuous cloud-like phenomena that are the “ragged edge” of a much brighter and pervasive polar cloud layer called polar mesospheric clouds in the upper atmosphere, visible in a deep twilight. They are made of crystals of water ice. Noctilucent roughly means night shining in Latin. They are most commonly observed in the summer months at latitudes between 50° and 70° north and south of the equator. They can be observed only when the Sun is below the horizon.
They are the highest clouds in Earth’s atmosphere, located in the mesosphere at altitudes of around 76 to 85 kilometres (47 to 53 mi). They are normally too faint to be seen, and are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth’s shadow. Noctilucent clouds are not fully understood and are a recently discovered meteorological phenomenon; there is no record of their observation before 1885.
Noctilucent clouds can form only under very restrictive conditions; their occurrence can be used as a sensitive guide to changes in the upper atmosphere. They are a relatively recent classification. The occurrence of noctilucent clouds appears to be increasing in frequency, brightness and extent.
At the night of the third of july I was walking the dog. While looking north (I always look up) I noticed a glow near the horizon. Immiately I knew what it was. So I hurried the dog, rushed home and got out my gear. This time a camera, a telephotolens and a tri-pod were all I needed. The images below had an exposure time of approx. 4 seconds. The bright star in the pictures is Capella.