Back on the Gamsberg, Namibia after a long CoViD hiatus. After the heavy rain season in spring 2022, the access pad (gravel road going up the mountain) was severely damaged and not passable for even a 4WD. During summer Nic of adjacent Farm Weener and his workers did a superb job in repairing the pad. So in August we went up …
The video shows uphill and downhill on the challenging access pad.
The partial solar eclipse of 25 Oct 2022 over Cologne-Dellbrück, Germany. Partly cloudy skies provided a natural ND filter for these images. Alas, a complete cloud cover obscured maximum eclipse at 12:07 CEST with a magnitude of 0.33.
Another image from April at the IAS Observatory Hakos, Namibia. Designated RCW 32 or Gum 15, an emission nebula in the constellation Vela.
Meanwhile I started using PixInsight’s new Weighted Batch PreProcessor (WBPP), with the option to split the R, G, B channels in the Debayer process and align / integrate the channels separately. This really improves image quality with OSC and using WBPP takes over the otherwise tedious manual process.
A quick capture during a clear mid summer night. An “advantage” of the light polution here: even so astronomical twilight isn’t reached, the sky brightness is for approx. 3 hours in the range of SQM 19.5 to 19.9. SQM 20.0 is the maximum I measured in my backyard in spring 2020 with the excellent “lock-down” skies.
Hopefully a break in the currently cloudy and rainy weather for some additional O3 und S2 data during the next days before the moon returns.