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Two things started my interest
in astronomy. First the comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake and second the book
“A View of the Universe” from David Malin. The comets showed there is more than just stars in the sky and David Malin showed me how much more
After trying some images with the camera
on the tripod, I looked for a possibility to learn more about astronomy. I
joined a course at an observatory in Vienna, where I met a guy who tolled
me about an astronomy club with several well experienced
astrophotographers. Those guys
were very good teachers for me and they are now very good friends of mine.
After imaging more than 6 years on film I
bought a CCD camera in summer 2003. Not only the image quality improved
very much, it is much more comfortable to work with the CCD, because
I can do imaging from my garden now. I also can use more nights even under
uncertain weather conditions without driving to a
I work as a quality engineer for AKG
acoustics - a manufacturer of electro-acoustics
parts like microphones and headphones. I am married and my wife, our five
cats and I are
living about 30 km south of Vienna. My other interest are cooking,
The only story which is worth
to tell happened one night, when I was alone at a dark location.
Suddenly I heard a loud whizzing sound followed by a sound like an impact
very close to me.
I searched around a bit with my flashlight, but I could not find anything.
A meteor? A hunters bullet? Ice from an airplane? I hadn’t the
nerves to wait for more to follow and left those dangerous place.
Areas of astrophotography interest
Deep sky imaging
Sterne &Weltraum, Ahnerts Astronomisches Jahrbuch, Star Observer
Ebenwaldhöhe – Lower Austria.
VIXEN VC200L, a 8”cassegrain with f/9, with reducer f/6.3
Takahashi Sky90: a 3.5-inch f/4.5 fluorit refractor with photographic
6-inch, f/4.3 Newtoian reflector from Chicago Optical
VIXEN GPDX mount
A Starlight HX916 for CCD work. A SBIG ST4 for guiding.
An old Miranda TM for film work.
Astroart 3.0, Adobe Photoshop, Registax