Arhiv za September, 2009

Back from Lastovo

In fact I have already returned on Sunday, but this week was totally crazy, so I haven’t found the time to write a post here. We had a really wonderful time down there, sea is still warm so we had a lot of fun, despite we had some bad luck regarding weather.

Javor posted some really good all- and half-sky astrophotos on Galaksija.si, it’s worth to see them.

I didn’t take much photos, especially not during the day. Just a few snapshots …

Andrej Mohar, the leader of Dar Sky Syposium

Andrej Mohar, the leader of Dar Sky Syposium

Our (MART) team

Our (MART) team

Village Lastovo

Village Lastovo

The third day we went around a bit

The third day we went around a bit

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View from cliffs ( about 150m  high)

View from cliffs ( about 150m high)

Selfportrat, naturally :)

Selfportrat, naturally :)

Rainbow

Rainbow

And here we go … some night photos:

My car and 14" Meade SC in front of Milky Way

My car and 14" Meade SC in front of Milky Way

Capturing of Jupiter with Lumenera

Capturing of Jupiter with Lumenera

My astrophoto equipment, capturing Helix Nebula

My astrophoto equipment, capturing Helix Nebula

Jupiter and it's relection

Jupiter and it's relection

Really bright Zodiacal light the last morning (it was casting clearly visible shadows)

Really bright Zodiacal light the last morning (it was casting clearly visible shadows)

I also managed to capture two Deep-sky objects – NGC 247 and SH2-88:

NGC247, ISO800, 41 x 5min

NGC247, ISO800, 41 x 5min

Sh2-88, ISO800, 20x5min

Sh2-88, ISO800, 20x5min

And a trail of a meteor …

Trail of September's Perseid -5 mag.

Trail of September's Perseid -5 mag.

Lastovo 2009, unforgettable 😀

Going to Lastovo

Today I am going to Lastovo with group of 6 other enthusiastic astronomers from Slovenia. We will take part of Dark Sky Camp which will last from Monday to Friday. This is one of the nearest location for us, where the sky is still untouched and unpolluted.

I am sure we will have a great time! Wish us clear skies 😉

Milky Way from MART

I will post some deep-sky astrophotos from archive, because I haven’t shown them yet on previous blog or on my astrophotography gallery. Milky Way from MART 2009 is today on the list 🙂

I participate in MART (Mladinski astronomski raziskovalni tabor or Youth Astronomy Research Camp – translated) every year since 2005. I admit that I am lazy and I never choose any difficult project. DSO imaging works OK for me. Last year I was a mentor for Astrophotography group, but this year I was planning to take small APO telescope from our Astronomy Association, but ended without the scope and telephoto lens Canon 70-200 (wich is still broken). So I have decided to continue mosaic of Milky Way from MART 2007. While capturing I have been using IDAS LPS P-2 light pollution filter, so after processing I have realized that the structures in the Milky Way from 2007 and this year differ too much, as the consequence of using the filter. So I have ended up with mosaic just from this year – 4 frames, from Aquila to Sagittarius.

Each frame consist of 12 exposures of 5 min, taken with modified Canon 350D with IDAS LPS P-2 filter and Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 lens at F/6.3. Image was processed in Iris and Photoshop.

Milky Way from Aquila to Sagittarius

A new beginning

That’s the third time I am starting my personal blog. As far as that you may have already noticed one change – I will be writing in English, for one simple reason – more potential readers. I will be focused in astrophotography and here in Slovenia is just a couple of astrophotographers. I would like to spread my pictures and other stuff all over the world :).

As I have mentioned, this will not be just blog anymore. I had a lot of stuff to do last month, so this page is not finished up as I planned. My own, custom made gallery will be available soon (you can already see it in menu) and some other stuff as well. The old blog has already been moved to the new location: http://primozcigler.net/blog2 (it needs some modifications to work properly). Please, change your RSS feeds and bookmarks to this new URL: http://primozcigler.net/.

A lot of things have changed since I have posted the last entry on the previous blog. I have participated in MART again, I have been sailing/training for two days, I have spent some nights outside, capturing the deep-sky objects, working on some great new projects, found a new job as PHP programmer, found a flat in Ljubljana, where I am starting studying Physics next month …

The presentation of this blog is not mine, I have started outsourcing a design, because I have realized that I must focus on one thing (code) to do it better. The author is Jaka Šmid, I have just sliced it and made a template for WP. I hope you enjoy the new fresh look (leave a comment if so) 😉

If you like it and would like to have your very own design of the webpage/blog contact me and we will arrange.

And because this is an astrophotography blog, I am already attaching the recent picture of M57. Don’t worry, more and better are coming 😉

M 57