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Night in Namibia 2022

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

M78 – Reflection Nebula

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M78 – Reflection Nebula in Orion – IAS Remote Test – Dec 2021 – LRGB v1

A northern sky object (by just a few arc minutes ;-) from southern skies.

All details 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
210 x L, 64 x R, 70 x G, 62 x B, 60s each, mode 1, gain 56, offset 30, -10C, 4 x 20 skyflats, 12 darks
Total time: 24360s / 6h46
Data calibration/integration: PixInsight
Image processing: PixInsight, Photoshop, Lightroom

IAS Remote First Light

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NGC 2070 – Tarantula Nebula – First Light IAS Remote – Nov 2021 – Modified Hubble Palette 1a

IAS – International Amateuersternwarte e.V. – Hakos Observatory, Namibia

First light of IAS remote telescope “Klein-Lukas”, Details at Astrobin.

Remote team: F. Hund, J. Obstfelder, L. Demetz, M. Mushardt, T. Klemmer, T. Winterer, M. Junius

Alas, the setup had to be done in a hurry with many problems and the Epsilon is badly collimated at this point in time. A planned maintenance trip now most likely faces travel restrictions.

So please bear with the image quality, especially on the left side. ;-)

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