Astro Photography

Moon landing?

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 03/28/2021 - 12:43

In a photo series of around 50 images of a super moon, an unexpected object came in front of the lens: an airplane that was flying very high.

This coincidence led to an interesting photo that could hardly have been planned.

My Nikkor 500 mm f / 4.0 and a 2-fold converter were used.


The blood moon over Liesberg

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 02/28/2021 - 16:03

Blood moon, wolf moon - when the full moon has moved completely into the umbra of the earth (umbra eclipse), then only the long-wave red components of sunlight reach it and it glows reddish copper. However, the light reflected by it is very weak, so that low light pollution and little dust and haze in the atmosphere are prerequisites for successful recordings. Even then it is still an art to achieve halfway short exposure times so that the moon movement does not lead to image blurring.


Jupiter over Hennef

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:44

To the right of Saturn, the radiantly bright Jupiter is currently appearing in the south above the horizon. After the images of Saturn, Jupiter should also be photographed.

The goal was to make the huge red whirlwind eye of Jupiter visible - well, that didn't work now but at least you can see in the photos that Jupiter is not a disk either :-)


Saturn over Hennef

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:04
Can you photograph the Saturn rings with a digital camera and a telephoto lens? The test with a Nikon D850 plus Nikkor 200mm - 500mm plus 2-way converter shows the amazing result. However, these images do not want to compete with photos taken with special astro equipment.

Comet Neowise above Hennef

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 13:00

Comet C / 2020 F3, Neowise, was difficult to photograph above Hennef. Haze and light pollution prevented several attempts and the planned beautiful image composition with Neowise over Blankenberg Castle was unfortunately not possible. But tonight it was finally time. The lower temperatures kept the haze over Hennef at bay, the sky was relatively clear ...


The super moon in April 2020

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 14:48
Even if the color of this super moon on April 8, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. seems rather orange, it is still called the Pink Moon. This label obviously has nothing to do with its color. The terms actually arose from the rituals of the Native Americans, who saw the full moon in April in connection with the pink blooming of the flame flowers (phlox) made from the pearweed family (Polemoniaceae). Thus the super moon became the messenger of the approaching spring.

Startrails in black and white

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/16/2018 - 21:01

And then the clouds came from the sea - despite a recording altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, this series of recordings was a race against time. But surprisingly, the clouds behind the trees waited until the last picture was in the box and now convey a special look in this black and white composition of the finished star trail picture


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Startrails over La Palma

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/16/2018 - 21:01

We had rented a nice little house at over 1,600 meters above sea level, which offered ideal conditions for star trail photography. Light pollution is generally low on La Palma and was particularly low here, in the vineyards and above the clouds. In some nights, the sea of clouds over the coastal regions even shielded the light of the towns and settlements there.