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Maybe every amateur astronomer dreams from observing under a clear and
Unfortunately these places are rare. On the northern hemisphere this
can be in Arizona (USA), some places in the Sierra Nevada (Spain), Southern
France or in the European Alps. In 1995 my friend Gerd and me talked about
making a trip to Namibia. We decided to plan our journey to Namibia for
We started planing in 1996, made a reservation for August 1998 on Farm
Tivioli, located about 180 kilometers southeast from Windhoek capital of
Namibia is located in the southern part of Africa, on the western coast
to the Atlantic Ocean. The cold Benguela stream along the coast garanties
a try clima with the Namib desert.
During the winter the cold wind transports cold and clear air from the
antarctic to Southern Africa. After 2 1/2 years of planing we packed all
our telescopes, cameras, film developing equipment into a large box and
brought it to Frankfurt Airport, to the air freight where it was made ready
for the flight to Africa.
On August 13th 1998 we flew overnight nonstop from Frankfurt to Windhoek
and arrived in the morning of the 14th.
On the first day we checked our telescopes, built the mounts together,
collimated the telescopes, and set it up for the first night.
|This was my last image taken from Namibia. It shows comet Hale-Bopp 1995 O1 on August 29th 1998. The picture was made with my 5.5 " Schmidt-Camera on TP2415 hyp.|
|It shows Gerd and me.|
|Our telescopes shielded against the sun.|