Clear Sky

My name is Karol Novotny. I’m born 1979 in Solothurn, Switzerland. I work in an IT security company as Solution Engineer and my big passions are astrophotography and electronic music.

First, why I decided to publish this blog in English? I just want reach as much people as possible. In my opinion English is the best language for that. But my english isn’t perfect at all… Sorry if there are faults 😉

Now back to my little story: “Space-things” always very interested me since I was a kid. In 2011 I had the luck to get a telescope from a buddy. It was a Maede LX10 Schmidt-Cassegrain 8″. With it I did my first experiences in the night sky… Light pollution, alignment, star hopping… I had a lot to learn… and I still have… 😉

With the Maede I observed the most of the time Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn is my absolutely favorite planet!

In May 2015 I bought my own first telescope. And quickly I bought a DSLR for capturing these fantastic objects in the sky. This blog is my personal journal to track and share my experiences in astrophotography.

I realized very fast, the Explorer 130P is not usable for serious photography… Either I’d to buy a telescope and mount for photography and start big, or start small with DSLR lenses at less focal lengths than telescopes on a small mount.

I choosed the second option because of the financial aspect. Additional I have the possibility to walktrough the whole topic astrophotography from short to long focal lenghts.

The name star-watcher shall be a tribute to SkyWatcher, since I use their Explorer 130P SynScan and the great little red mount.

Since August, 2015 I use the SkyWatcher StarAdventurer combined with the Canon EOS 100D for all my pictures.
Since June, 2016 I use the Canon EOS 70D (as primary DSLR) and the Lacerta MGEN II Auto Guider.

Check out my mobile observatory and visit me on AstroBin or DSO-Browser.

Contact eMail: karol(a)




  • SkyWatcher Star Adventurer
  • Manfrotto MT055XPRO3
  • Manfrotto MT190XPRO3/XPRO4
  • Manfrotto 496RC2/498RC2 ball heads
  • Skywatcher SynScan AZ GoTo

Telescopes / Photo Lenses

Cameras / Guiding Cameras


Mobile Apps


PC Hardware

  • Intel Core i7 CPU 3.3GHz (5820K), 6 cores, 12 threads
  • 32 GB RAM
  • Windows 7 64 Bit
  • 2 x 500GB SSD (work drives)
  • 4 TB dedicated storage for astrophotoraphy (75% used)
  • 4 TB backup storage



Latest Posts

  • M13 Hercules Cluster
    April 7, 2018

    After a 3 month break, finally a new image. I choosed M13 to start this...

  • 2017 Retrospective
    January 7, 2018

    I wish everyone clear skies for 2018! Hopefully the weather will be much better than...

  • IC405 Flaming Star Nebula
    November 23, 2017

    After weeks of bad weather finally a clear night. I started shooting 10 minutes after...

  • Illuminator Adapter
    November 16, 2017

    I got a new 3D printed polar scope illuminator adapter for my Star Adventurer (Thank...

  • NGC1499 2016-2017
    October 21, 2017

    This is the result of my first attempt to combine my 2016 and 2017 image...

  • Retrospective 2017 Part 2
    October 20, 2017

    My new Retrospective 2017 Part II is online. Enjoy the images from our night sky...