Astrophotography with small telescopes

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Me in July 1995 before observing Hale-Bopp [28 KB JPEG]

That's me with an 6" f/5 Newtonian in July 1995.
My hobbies are astronomy, computers and chess. My main interests in astronomy are astrophotography and comet watching. For this I use now a 8" f/4 Newtonian. For guiding I use an 2.4" refractor. For comet photography I have a 5.5" Celestron Schmidtcamera.
Since August 2003 I use a Platinum XL ccd-camera for imaging comets. You can see my setup here.

During a trip to Southern France

Checking the equipment for the next night during a trip to Southern France in April 1997

My Schmidt Camera mounted on a GP mount with a 60mm guidescope

A Schmidt Camera is a specialised telescope for taking wide-field images. It is only useable for photography and provides very sharp and detailed images of the sky. Many discoveries have been made using Schmidt Cameras such as the BIG Schmidt on Mt. Palomar for the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey in 1950 or the Schmidt Cameras at ESO or the Anglo Australian Observatory at Siding Springs.
My Schmidt Camera is a used 5.5" from Celestron. Image from 1997.

Teleskopes on Farm Tivoli 2001

My telescope and the equipment of my friend Gerd Rudolf during our stay on Farm Tivoli in July 2001. I have a 8" f/4 Newtonian, he owns a 8 inch f/4 Flatfieldcamera.

Observing in February 2008

Observing C/2012 S1 ISON in 2013

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