Feb 14

M 106 and companions (650mm)

After months finally clear sky ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to see the difference between 400mm and 650mm focal length. And my GEM28 worked like a horse! No crashes during the whole session. That’s fun! Details

Aug 29

The Silver Sliver Galaxy

Unfortunately I had to crop the image due to a strong reflection across the entire upper part of the image. It must have been caused by the star Almach (Mag. 2.15)… It’s time to darken the tube of my 130PDS. 2x drizzled and resized. Details

Aug 23

M 31 Short Exposure

While waiting for the main object I decided to take some shots of M 31 Andromeda Galaxy with my 130PDS ๐Ÿ™‚I have to rotate my DSLR about 20 degrees to get the best possible field of view for Andromedaโ€ฆ next time… Details

May 22

NGC 6946 Fireworks Galaxy

Almost exactly one year ago my first image after a 3 years break was the Fireworks Galaxy. Back then I was still using my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 lens. Yesterday I captured the Fireworks Galaxy again, but this time with my new Sky-Watcher Explorer 130PDS at 650mm focal length. I really like the additional focal […]

Apr 11

M 101 – First Light 130PDS

My first image with my new Sky-Watcher Explorer 130PDS telescope ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a bit cloudy… 30 unusable subs. Out of 86! But it was worth it, even if the weather was not perfect and the moon already had 64%… But the over-all performance of my GEM28 among with the higher payload is really good! […]

Mar 23

M 51 Whirlpool Galaxy

OK, I’m on a lucky streak. My GEM28 didn’t freeze the last 5 sessions. Great! But at the same time frustrating not to know what causes that annoying freezes… Details