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 🙂 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

Mar 9

M 101 Pinwheel Galaxy

The next session without a freeze of my GEM28. I’m really happy about it, but it’s exhausting to monitor all the time the guide star during the session. I’m convinced that the next freeze will come! We’re in the galaxy season, so here is the next one 🙂 Details

Mar 5

NGC 4236 Galaxy

The next galaxy. A very faint one. NGC 4236. And again no freezes on my GEM28 during this 5 hours session 🙂 Anyway, I checked the guide star position every 10 minutes… Details

Mar 1

M 106 and companions

My GEM28 worked very well last night. No freezes this time. And what a beautiful (but cold) night. Messier 106 had the best position for shooting at home. 4 hours exposure time, but I removed the light polluted subs from the beginning at 20:00h. Details

Feb 8

NGC 2903 Galaxy

Yesterday I had 2 problems on my GEM28. First, the hand controller menu button didn’t work (to start the star alignment), but since my GEM still was in zero position I simply switched it off and on. Later one more time my GEM28 freezed, after 18 exposures. So annoying! Nevertheless I was able to take […]

Feb 6

NGC 2683 UFO Galaxy

And the next galaxy 🙂 This time the NGC 2683 UFO Galaxy. To my surprise there is also a small interacting galaxy (IC 2421) in the lower left part. Again no freeze/crash on my GEM28. But I don’t trust it… I did the math: 24 sessions total –> 6 freezes! So on averaga every fourth […]