The quest for the gegenschein The sun's counterglow is kind of a stargazers' legend. Every amateur astronomer has heard about it, only a few of them have actually seen it and even fewer were lucky enough to make an image of this ghostlike apparition. Read here the story how we captured it from a remote dark-sky site and how you can find it, too. Read more…
How much lunar eclipse brings out the Milky Way? During the partial lunar eclipse of July 16, 2019, we experienced exceptionally clear skies at our observing site in Austria. We took the opportunity to make a series of measurements of the sky brightness in the zenith to find out the value at which the Milky Way becomes visible to the unaided eye. Read more…
ISS pass in an all-sky view In May 2017 the International Space Station made a series of convenient evening passes for European stargazers. On the evening of May 26, 2017, we managed to photograph a nice twilight transit from one of our favorite observing sites in Austria, about 50 kilometers north of Vienna. Read more…
360° astrophotography The Ricoh Theta S is a one shot panorama camera. With two fisheye lenses it records a 360° full-sphere panorama with only one single shot. The recorded images can be further processed and viewed with a player provided by the manufacturer. We tested the Theta S for astronomical usage and it turned out quite well. Read more…
DSLR astrophotography untracked With DSLRs and standard camera lenses astrophotography is on the verge of a new epoch, where tracking is no longer mandatory. After a series of experiments we are now able to present a tried and tested workflow that guarantees great images of star fields. Read more…
Multimedia presentation in Museum of Natural History Vienna project nightflight had been invited by the Natural History Museum Vienna to give a presentation about their work on the evening of November 11, 2015. For this occasion, the members of the astrophotography group designed a special multi-media presentation focusing on the beauty of the night sky. Read more…
Stargazing sites on La Palma island Stargazing on La Palma Island is one of the finest astronomical experiences possible. The small volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean is part of the European country Spain, has a modern airport, very nice accommodations, good infrastructure and offers impressively dark skies. Read more…
Sounds of the night With this project we introduced a brand new category of astro images: Nightscapes accompanied by natural sounds of the night, recorded during the imaging sessions. The sound of ocean waves, crickets chirping, nocturnal birds and other nighttime sounds bring the scenes alive. Read more…
First permanent star walk installation worldwide In 2014, project nightflight opened the first permanent star walk installation worldwide. The Grossmugl Star Walk is a self-guided tour encouraging astronomical observations with the unaided eye. Nine displays along the trail explain general astronomical topics in an easy-to-read way. Read more…
Grossmugl sky test How deep can we go only a few dozen kilometers outside of Vienna? To find the answer we drove to the village Grossmugl, just 35km north of Vienna's city center and set up our imaging equipment. It was the evening of February 23, 2014, and the beginning of an average night with mediocre transparency. Read more…
Capturing Venus in bright daylight With a DSLR, even with a small off-the-shelf digital camera, it is possible to capture Venus in the daylight sky. Here's how it works: First of all, on the day you shoot Venus the sky should be highly transparent, deep blue in color and without any haze. Second, you must know exactly where to point your camera. Read more…
Webcam imaging with small telescopes Most owners of small telescopes sooner or later try webcam imaging with their instruments. It seems an easy, straightforward and inexpensive way to get started with astrophotography. But their first attempts are almost always disappointing. Frustrated, they blame it on the small aperture of their telescopes. Read more…
Dive into 3D Astronomical images not always have to be flat. Planetary rotation, lunar libration or the proper motion of an object relative to the sky background can be used to achieve a stereoscopic effect. In our example Jupiter's rotation during 15 minutes created the needed offset for a 3-dimensional rendering. Read more…
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Photographic map Virgo Cluster (PDF)
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