ISS is passing

Another advantage of lake Hohenwarte is relative darkness at night. At least compared to the urban area where I am usually living. The number of visible stars is almost breathtaking. I tried to capture the milky way but it did not work out well. So i focussed on one of the daily ISS passes over central Europe. I think I can live with that.

More or less professional solar eclipse footage

As I told you before, everything worked as expected and this is the result of “Plan C”. This old bridge camera does not have an optical view finder and everything is done by two LCD screens. This makes it uncritical to point directly into the sun and have a look in the tiny LCD view finder. The blurry shape of the sun is caused by chromatic aberrations. The downside of super zoom lens. 

This photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.

Usefull stuff


Somehow media caught the solar eclipse train to late to bring awareness for solar eclipse glasses into retail business. Among many others I had to choose “Plan B” to observe this years solar eclipse. I’m so glad I could finally benefit from studying 5 semester optics and have built this fancy camera obscura. I also developed “Plan C”, using my old Lumix bridge camera to shoot directly into the sun.

I can tell you: both things worked well!

This photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.

A piece from home

I still have some pictures from California… This one was taken at the eastern dome of the Griffith Observatory. The Telescope as well as the planetrium’s projector are made by Carl Zeiss. It is always nice to see a connection to your hometown – regardless of where you are in the world.

Griffith Observatory

Not the best daylight time to visit this prominent sight of Los Angeles but sometimes you have to take what you get. Shot this picture on arrival at the Griffith Observatory. When you ever get a chance to visit L.A. and you have a minimal interrest in science – you should go there. Wikipedia link.

Transit of Venus

Similar to January 2011’s solar eclipse the spectacle had already begun when the sun was risen in our area on June 6th this year. Since I have heard about that, the goal was again to capture the rising sun with Venus in front of it. So I set the alarm clock to 4.45am, had a look outside on a clear sky and went up the hill behind the house. 20 Minutes later the sun climbed over the Ettersberg and Venus was visible as a small black dot. Like a piece of dust on the light orange ball. The photo shows exact this moment.