Mar 052013

an updating post for ages… We built a house, moved in and the chaos slowly reverts back to normal…
No time to observe or image at the new location yet, but conditions look promising for planetary work. I hope to have the new place’s firstlight soon…

Best, Oliver

Dec 132011

Hi all,

I implemented an image-search functionality to query for images by objects. The DB is only partly filled by now, all images will be available after the upcoming holiday season – at least if skies will not be permanently clear :) Extended search patterns will follow…

Cheers, Oliver

Nov 222011


last night promised to be been clear, I decided to give Jupiter another imaging run and put the C11 outside in the evening with the two fans on full throttle. Seeing looked a bit disappointing during collimation since diffraction rings smeared across a fairly large area but I guess I have to learn that the Pickering-scale has been defined using a 5″ telescope and the mileage varies using 11″ aperture – things can look worse than they are.
After connecting the Basler Ace to the laptop I did not get any connection, swapping cables and switching the user did not help. I got a bit nervous and rebooted the machine – voila!
The camera image was quite stable even through the green filter using a 2x barlow and I perfomed several G-R-B-IR runs. Around 22:30 Io started to transit Jupiter’s disk. Io’s brightness in IR was quite evident. Unfortunately the seeing went worse during the transit and I decided to end the session, probably partly induced by Jupiter standing over my roof now. Ok, the harddrive was full anyway and my hands¬† started to feel cold…

Here a quick and dirty red channel result of a randomly picked AVI, the real processing is to begin soon…

Cheers, Oliver


Jan 012010

A happy, successful and prosperous 2010 to all!

Cheers, Oliver