- Index page with recent astrophotos
- Leeuwenboschfontein weekend starparty 2016 Mar 4-6
- > Events observed by me from 2003 latest: Mercury transit 2016 May 9
- Page with sky pictures with the EOS 6
- Lunar and planetary images and phenomenas
- Page with sky pictures with the EOS 40 from Bali jan 2009, feb 2010 and 2012
- Page with sky pictures from La Palma Jan / Feb 2011
- Total lunar eclipse of 2011 Jun 15
- Solar eclipse visible as deep partial in Indonesia on 2009 Jan 26
- Old 1973 Polarex 80mm spotting scope refurbishment.
- New 2015 Robtics ED110 refractor
- Using a telephoto lens as a small handheld telescope
- Nice sky pictures taken from a plane in full flight
- How to see stars in the daytime ?
- Old astrophotos from 1980-1990s
- How I learned Astronomy
- Astronomik CLS filter test
- Simple Eclipse calculations
- Total eclipse of the Moon, 2018 Jul 27
- Transit of Mercury, 2016 May 9
- Total eclipse of the Moon, 2015 Sep 28
- Lunar Eclipse 2011 Jun 15
- Solar Eclipse 2009 Jan 26
- Venus Transit 2004 Jun 8
- Lunar Eclipse 2003 Nov 9
- Solar Eclipse 2003 May 31
- Lunar Eclipse 2003 May 16
- Mercury Transit 2003 May 7
- Other lunar eclipses
- Other solar eclipses
Total eclipse of the Moon 2018 July 27This was an eclipse just after Moonrise, but it was very clear, apart from a few cirrus clouds which reached the Moon only at the end. We observed on a high point called "Hoogte 80" near Arnhem, NL. I used a Canon EOS 6 with the Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II, but I had no tripod, so I took the photos handheld and to get a decent speed (1/8 - 1/6 second combined with its excellent Image Stabilization) I pushed the ISO to 6400 which made rather poor quality images as these are already cropped. It was a public event with hundreds of people and I showed Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the Robtics ED 110 refractor.
All times in UTC+2.
Transit of Mercury 2016 May 9Nice transit of Mercury, I used a Canon Powershot S100 behind the eyepiece mounted on the Robtics ED 110 refractor with the camera in prime focus.
All times in UTC+2.
Total eclipse of the Moon 2015 September 28Early in the morning. It started between the clouds, so I photographed the totality. It was a 'Supermoon' i.e. the moon was closest to Earth during the eclipse, which is rather rare, however most don't notice. I used a Canon EOS 6 and the Robtics ED 110 refractor with the camera in prime focus.
All times in UTC+2.
Partial eclipse of the Moon 2008 August 16This eclipse is observed from a balcony of an apartment in Nijmegen. Used hardware is TeleVue Genesis 100mm, Canon EOS 40 SLR camera.
The weather was not completely clear, there were some cirrus clouds which made viewing of the low Moon more difficult.
Mercury Transit 2003 May 7
The Mercury transit on May 7, 2003 from Arnhem, Holland, my first one after 33 years ;-) The event started at 05:13 UT and ended at 10:32 UT, and the sky was nearly cloud-free apart from some cirrus clouds. Here the official NASA site on the transit with visibility area, etc.
I watched the one of May 9, 1970 with a 5cm telescope with an (unsafe!) eyepiece filter. The next one on Nov 10, 1973 was a rainy day :-( And the ones of 1986, 1993 and 1999 I missed because I was on the wrong location on Earth :-(
Now I even saw Mercury when I projected the Sun with a 10x50 binocular, and also while holding the
1000 Oaks filter in front of the binocular lenses and looking through (one of) it.
The pictures are made from a sheet of paper on which the solar image is projected. The larger spot is a group of sunspots which are considerably larger than Mercury. During watching or taking pictures I removed the 5cm diaphragm to use full aperture.
All times in UT (local time in Holland, add 2 hours)
Lunar Eclipse 2003 Nov 9On the night of Nov 8-9, 2003 I saw a really beautiful lunar eclipse total lunar eclipse and made a few photos by putting my Sony DSC-S75 digital camera behind a 30mm eyepiece and a barlow on a 10 cm f/5 TeleVue Genesis telescope. Despite weather forecasts were a cloudy night and even some rain it was a very clear night, so this is one of the best lunar eclipses I have ever seen.
Solar Eclipse 2003 May 31
On 2003 May 31 I saw it on a location in a small nature reserve near the 'Emma Pyramid' called Veluwezoom north of Arnhem, Holland. The sky was very hazy and clouds near the horizon blocked view of the rising crescent, but later I saw the upper part of the crescent rise above the trees and clouds. I used a Sony DSC-S75 digital camera behind a 30mm eyepiece on a 10cm Televue Genesis telescope, unless stated otherwise. I did not use any filters which is not according to my own safety requirements but the sky was very hazy.
Here the official NASA site of the eclipse. The solar eclipse visible in Northwestern Europe of Saturday morning May 31, 2003 was annular in Iceland. A friend of mine saw it just between the clouds at 4:00 UT and after the annular phase the sky went overcast. The Swiss guy Oliver Staiger alias Klipsi saw it from a NW 34 flight from Seattle to Amsterdam.
All times in UT (local summertime in Holland, add 2 hours)
Total lunar Eclipse 2003 May 16On May 16, 2003 I saw the beginning of a total lunar eclipse and made a few photos by putting my Sony DSC-S75 digital camera behind one of the barrels of a 10x50 binocular.
My previous lunar eclipses (in Holland unless stated otherwise):These eclipse data except my comments are derived from the NASA site compiled by Fred Espenak. Listed are only those which were theoretically visible at the location I was.
My previous solar eclipses (in Holland unless stated otherwise):These eclipse data except my comments are derived from the NASA site compiled by Fred Espenak. Listed are only those which were theoretically visible at the location I was.
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