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Beyond our galaxy


  -Nebulae and clusters

  -Solar system

Image processing


Nightsky wonders and backyard astronomy

 Imagine: "Three billion (3000000000) years ago in the outer atmosphere of a star similar to the sun. Atoms excited by the nuclear reactions in the stars interior send out light also called photons when described as a particles. The photons travels through space to a nearby planet orbiting the star, interacts with the surface of a species of an alien life form and are reflected back into space towards Earth. After a journey over three billion Earth years the photons pass through our solar system, enters Earth atmosphere and are caught in the telescope pointed at the sky from my backyard. Here, the photons finally meets their fate being registered by the silicon pixels of the CCD camera and converted to an electrical signal later to become part the image below"
 This is a fascinating thought experiment! and part of what makes astro imaging a facinating experience. At the time these photons were sent off, Earth was about to spark the development of life as cyanobacteria started to produce oxygen and caused dramatic changes in Earths atmosphere. In the last blink of an eye in comparison to the time travel of our thought experiment photons, Earth has become inhabited by intelligent life capable of reflecting over and exploring the universe around us. So get out there under a dark night sky and reflect over space and our own existence ;).


M51 Whirlpool galaxy, C8 at F10, SBIG ST-4000XCM -20C 8h20min (50x300sec).

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Lunar eclipse 27 July 2018:
Lunar eclipse

Author e-mail: webweichel(snabel-a)gmail.com

Update log:

Jupiter 25 January 2024 CT10
Jupiter 25 January 2024 FC-100DF
Jupiter 19 December 2023
M51 02 Apr 2021
M42 11 Feb 2021
Mars 16 Oct 2020
NGC4466 18 Apr 2020
M1 01 Dec 2019
NGC891 01 Dec 2019
NGC869 29 Oct 2019
NGC7640 25 Aug 2019
NGC3953 16 Feb 2019
M76 3rd of Jan 2019
Moon 26th May 2018
M27 11th August 2018
NGC2146 - 18 March 2018
M33 25th November 2017
NGC891 12th November 2017
M27 14th August 2017
Jupiter 5th June 2017
Jupiter 25 May 2017
NGC891 January 2017
NGC6340 August 2016
Mercury Transit May 2016
M108 and M97 Feb. 2016
Jupiter 29 February 2016
IC342 25 December 2014
M71 2'nd October 2015
M92 22'th of August 2015
M31 22'th of August 2015
Jupiter 8'th of April 2015
NGC6951 29'th of August 2014
M108 15'th of March 2015
NGC4291 25'th of Dec 2015
M31 28'th of Aug 2014
NGC2403 Nov/Dec 2014
NGC6946 Aug/Sep 2014
Comet Jacques Aug 2014
M56 25-28'th of July 2014
NGC4565 3'rd of April 2014
NGC5866 28'th of March 2014
Mars 27'th of April 2014
Mars 18'th of April 2014
Mars 15'th of April 2014
M63 24,25,29 March 2014
M82 SN 2014J 11,12 March 2014
M1 17'th February 2014
Stephans Quintet 12'th of October 2013
Jupiter OO VX12 12-Jan-2014
Jupiter WO90 05-Jan-2014
Jupiter 28-December-2013
NGC891 90mm APO 28-Nov-2013
Jupiter 30-November-2013
M13 20'th of Sept-2013
NGC7331 September-2013
M27 25-July-2013
M92 23-July-2013
Sun spot AR1793 21-July-2013
IC2574 11-March-2013
M97 3-6-May-2013
Moon 25-Mar-2013
Comet Panstaars Apr-2013
M51 OO VX12@F8 Mar-Apr-2013
M82 OO VX12@F8 Mar-2013
Jupiter OO VX12 Feb19-2013
Moon/Tycho OO VX12 Feb19-2013
M109 Jan13 OO VX12 @F8
Jupiter 24'th of Jan13 OO VX12
Jupiter 27'th of Dec12 C8
Jupiter 27'th of Dec12 OO VX12
Jupiter 6'th of Dec12 WO90mm
NGC6946 3h50 min at F8
Jupiter 11Oct12
NGC6946 1h00min at F4
M27 1h50min
1min5sec NGC869
Venus Trs. 2012
Sun 28May12
M13 18May12
Mars 19Apr12
M101 31Mar12
M105 27Mar12
M95 25-27Mar12
M81-M82 13Mar12
NGC1530 26Feb12
Mars 03Mar12
NGC1961 15Feb12
NGC3079 20Jan12