Michael A. Stecker


Torsten Jehsert
Ferdinandshof, Mecklemburg-Vorpommern
(see photo below)

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My interest in the astronomy was woken up in my childhood by my father. My father drew the attention of me as a child to the treasures of the night sky. I dealt thenceforward with the astronomy in my spare time. My first telescope originated from a lens (D=80mm) of Zeiss and two oculars. I built from this lens with the help of my father a refractor with equatorial mount. With this refractor I observed much visually the night sky. I observed in particular variable stars. Beside the night observation I started to read a lot. In particular Einstein and the consequences of his theory of relativity on the explanation of the universe occupied me. The more I read about the astronomy, the more I saw and felt with every new sight of the clear night sky. With every new observation night this perception became more intensive.
  This originated the wish to document the visually perceived one photographically.

 In 1997 I put for my future astrophotography the foundation-stone. I decided to install LX200 in my place of residence a MEADE 10 “. In 2001 still the building of my observatory followed this decision. In 2003 I acquired an U6 of the Apogee (follower of the AP6) and the Focuser and the filter wheel of FLI. Now with it I was able to run CCD-Imaging independently.

The big astrophotographer David Malin impressed me quite early by his color astrophotography. In his images I could feel with the respect the same what I felt with every new sight of the clear night sky. The infinity of the universe was expressed in their full beauty. 

The technical process of the CCD-Imaging is very demanding and instructive. For my first steps the articles of Robert Gendler gave me input to optimize my approach with the CCD-Imaging.
Since I run CCD-Imaging, my observations of the clear night sky are reproducible. With thus I mean the following: I am in my observatory. The telescope and the CCD camera are built up and the first absorption series runs. If I look from the dome and look at the clear night sky, the infinity of the universe comes in its beauty very near me. She becomes conceivable. The earthly moves in this moment are in a wide distance. Space and time qualify itself from all earthly and extraterrestrial in the infinity in the universe. These thoughts and sensations reproduce themselves when I edit the CCD absorption on the computer and draw of my images the stars, fogs and galaxies of the universe.

Areas of interest
High resolution deep sky CCD imaging (in particular galactic nebula),
observation technology (Hyper-/Deltagraph, OTA’s,  mounts, CCD cameras,  filter wheels, focusers, etc),
imaging technology.
Variable Stars and theoretical astrophysics.

Observing sites
 in Ferdinandshof
. Observatory
”Deep Singularity” - Observatory at Stettiner lagoon Skies
near Stettiner lagoon, Mecklemburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Lat. 53° 39' 45" North
Long. 13° 53' 29" East
elevation: 3 feet (10 meters)


Astronomical Equipment

10-inch f/10 LX200 Cassegrain made by Meade
Takahashi FSQ 106 f/5 (F.L.= 530 mm)
fluorite Apochromat refractor
Zeiss 300 mm f/4 lens
Meade LX200 GOTO
CCD camera
Apogee U6
Maxim DL/CCD, Photoshop, Registar


Torsten's ”Deep Singularity” - Observatory at Stettiner lagoon Skies
near Stettiner lagoon, Mecklemburg-Vorpommern, Germany


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