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Our third dome

In addition to our ‘upper’ auxiliary station at the school lab, we also operate a ‘lower’ auxiliary station. This very first station was already built downhill (i.e. below) our service building...

On the way to the auxiliary station

Next to the school lab we will install our heavy 40cm telescope. For this purpose, we have already poured a separate concrete plate and installed the mounting pier. Astronomy really has a lot to do with concrete. Now...

The moon in May 2022

The phase of the moon at the beginning of May 2022 allowed to test the videography technique to capture high resolution and high contrast lunar photos. Thereby with an astronomical color camera (here: ASI183MCpro) and a...

The Pinwheel Galaxy

It is May! The twilight phase is getting longer and longer: currently one waits already more than 2.5 hours after sunset until it is dark and the first photons can be captured. During my journey into the universe...

Heavy metal positioning

In order for a telescope to accurately correct for the Earth’s rotation and accurately track objects in the sky, its polar axis must be aligned exactly parallel to the Earth’s axis of rotation. To achieve...

Heavy metal in motion

The digital controller, its software and new encoders for our large telescope have now arrived from the USA. We will not only be able to control the telescope but also to completely compensate for structural mechanical...

Digital cameras

Our colleagues Sophia, Katharina and Lucia have tested all our CCD cameras today. This includes shots that provide the pixel noise and give information about the quality of the readout electronics. Other shots provide...

Puzzling and soldering

Our colleagues Katharina, Lilly, Lucia and Sophia from the Aggertal-Gymnasium in Engelskirchen have meanwhile not only familiarized themselves with the telescopes of our school lab but also helped us with the...

The fourth wave

Since our first school network meeting, Covid 19 infection rates nationwide have nearly tripled. We take the scientific evidence on the virus and its variants seriously, so we are all double or triple vaccinated and...