ISS Strike at M106 Galaxy – 15 May 2020 02:18 CEST
When the ISS flew over Cologne, Germany on 15 May 2020, 02:17 – 02:24 CEST, the path went straight through M106 which I was imaging at that time.
Given the recent Starlink upheaval, I was a bit angry that one of my subexposures had been ruined by a bright satellite. But on second thought I realized that this was a special event. The
path of the ISS flyover can be see n here on heavens-above.com.
Single image, exposure time 10 min, not stacked. See below for technical details.
M101 – Pinwheel Galaxy – Apr 2020 v1
All details at
Astrobin, see also below. Continue reading
M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy – Mar 2020 v1 crop
The galaxy season started, here’s a modest try at M51. See at
Astrobin and below for more details. Continue reading
Moon 2020-04-07 14.5d 98.9% Perigee +2h46 Full Moon -5h39
Almost full moon shortly after perigee, “supermoon” as the hype goes. Distance at Perigee 356,908 km.
Moon 2020-04-03 9.9d 75% Golden Handle
Waxing moon with “Golden Handle” (Montes Jura above Sinus Iridum).
Moon 2020-03-31 6.7d 43%
Following the lunar cycle as weather permits.
IC 405 – Flaming Star Nebula – Bicolor
16 hours photon collection in January and Marc. Bicolor processing similar to my
recent IC 1848.
Backyard astrophotography in light-polluted Cologne-Dellbrück (SQM 19.6-19.9)
Skywatcher Esprit 100/550 ED, Skywatcher Flattener, Optolong L-enhance, ASI 294MC Pro OAG with Lodestar X2 Mount AZ EQ6 GT Image acquisition: CdC, APT, PHD2, dithering 64 x 900s, gain 120, -10C, 120 flats, 30 darkflats, 16 darks Data calibration/integration: PixInsight Image processing: PixInsight, Starnet++, Photoshop, Lightroom
details at Astrobin.
Moon 2020-03-28 3.9d 16.3%
Moon shot at the end of a perfect clear skies week …
Skywatcher Esprit 100/550 ED, Tele Vue Powermate 2x, Astronomik L2, ASI 294MC Pro
Mount AZ EQ6 GT Image acquisition: SharpCap 10% of 1000 frames, 35 ms, gain 120, 0C Data calibration/integration: AutoStakkert Image processing: PixInsight, Lightroom
Saturn – 11 Jul 2018 21:57 v3
Jupiter – 11 Jul 2018 21:41:34 v2
New processing of the Gamsberg 2018 data for Jupiter and Saturn, taken with the mighty “70er” at the IAS Observatory Gamsberg, Namibia.