Category Archives: Namibia

Gamsberg Drive

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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.

If you want to get a glimpse of the night sky on top of Gamsberg, have a look at my latest astro time-lapse video.

Special thanks to:
Nic for getting us safely up and down,
Sunja, Michael, Irene, Thomas, Sigi, Günter, and Toni
Internationale Amateursternwarte e.V.
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

An mj’s photography production, Copyright © 2022 Martin Junius
Music “Descent Part 4“, Copyright © 2022 Martin Junius

Night in Namibia 2022

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Night in Namibia 2022 – Time-lapse Video

A new night sky time-lapse video from Namibia April/May 2022 is ready and posted to Youtube. Full HD, due to the size limitation not available at Vimeo. Enjoy!

For the gear heads: I switched from Canon EOS to Sony Alpha for the night sky time-lapses. The combination A7 III + FE 14 mm F1.8 GM is really a game changer for me.

IC 2118 – Witch Head Nebula

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IC 2118 – Witch Head Nebula – Reflection Nebula in Orion – IAS Remote Jan 2022 – LRGB v1

A two panel mosaic of the Witch Head Nebula, with Rigel to the right outside the field giving his very best to produce some light streaks.

More details at Astrobin.

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C/2021 A1 Leonard at Perihel

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C/2021 A1 Leonard – Comet at Perihel in Piscis Austrinus – 2022-01-03 19:27 UT – IAS Remote Test – v1
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C/2021 A1 Leonard – Comet in Piscis Austrinus – 2022-01-02 19:28 UT – IAS Remote Test – v1

Comet Leonard at Perihel (already quite a bit darker) and one day before.

All details here (02 Jan) and here (03 Jan) at Astrobin.

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C/2021 A1 Leonard – Animation

C/2021 A1 Leonard – Animation

Clouds/haze around dusk and limited transparency, but Leonard was bright enough to deliver approx. half an hour of usable data for this animation of the movements within the comet’s tail (22 RGB frames).

Also posted to my YouTube channel (new version).

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M45 – Pleiades

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M45 – Pleiades – IAS Remote Test – Dec 2021 – LRGB v2

A well known star cluster from the southern hemisphere.

All details and full size at Astrobin.

IAS – International Amateuersternwarte e.V. – Hakos Observatory, Namibia
Test of IAS remote telescope “Klein-Lukas”
Remote team: F. Hund, J. Obstfelder, L. Demetz, M. Mushardt, T. Klemmer, T. Winterer, M. Junius
Takahashi Epsilon 160, 10Micron GM3000 HPS, QHY268M, Chroma LRGB filters
71 x L, 25 x R, 23 x G, 22 x B, 60s each, mode 1, gain 56, offset 30, -10C, 4 x 20 skyflats, 12 darks
Total time: 8460s / 2h21
Data calibration/integration: PixInsight
Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop, Lightroom