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Teachers practice in the school lab

In August, we held a beginners’ course for interested teachers in our school lab. The first goal was the basic operation of the instruments. This included telescope control, taking color images with a digital...

Our first astrophotos in the SchoolLab

In the middle of July we took our first own astrophotographs in the observatory. Before that, we had received an introduction to the controls of the telescope. After taking several pictures of the sun we were already a...

The first photo through the large telescope

To test the optical performance of our main instrument, we have now used a large CCD camera in the telescope focus for the first time. This camera is adapted to the telescope focal length, so that the image sampling is...

Report of a club member

At the beginning of August, the weather often shows its best side. The nights are already noticeably longer. So it is time again to sacrifice some hours of sleep for the dear hobby and to change it for an experience of...

Das Tor ins Weltall öffnet sich bald

Trusted journalist Arndt Gaudich caught up on our work progress, reports on the upcoming commissioning of our large telescope, and on our new colleagues.
Article: Das Tor zum Weltall öffnet sich bald

Wolfhard Schlosser 1940 – 2022

We have lost a great teacher and friend of the school observatory. Prof. Dr. Wolfhard Schlosser was a founding member and honorary president of our association. He passed away on July 14 after a long illness. Wolfhard...

Shadow show

The telescopes in our School Lab are good for observing the planets. Right now, an opportunity is presenting itself with Jupiter and Saturn. Although Saturn is relatively low above the horizon and the air turbulence is...

Air for the stars

The main mirror of our large telescope is relatively thin, but still weighs 80kg. To maintain the nominal mirror shape during telescope movements, it lies on an air bag, whose pressure is adapted to the respective...

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...

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