Planetary observation with Haley's Telescopes

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This gallery of planet images of my telescopes will be frequently actualized and extended and can now watched by this way .

This page is arranged chronologically: New images you'll find at the top and older ones more to the bottom. For a quick reference the links to all planets of our solar system are located beside the planet thumbs:

Mercury images you'll find here and here as well as the report of the Mercury transit there.

There are images of the transit of Venus 2012, parade of planets, from the occultation of Venus by the Moon, from the transit of Venus 2004 and another image of Venus here and here a historic image of Venus.

The latest image of the Moon done at the succesful night in June 2008 here. Another one at the parade of planets. This image here is a historic one. Further images of the Moon you'll find here, here, here, here and hier.

Images from Mars 2005 are located here, from 2003 there are images here , or closer here.

Images of Jupiter are inserted here, here, here, at this place also with an animation, here, and here.

The Saturn image gallery consists exposures here and here again, as well as at this place.

The only image of Uranus so far is located here.

There is now also an image of Neptun one can find it here.

I succeeded to ban Pluto at the film. the 1st happy try is here.

The image in the middle is showing the arrangement with D8 camcorder attached to the telescope. All planetary images are done this way.

And now here are the links to my eclipse pages:

To Solar Eclipse page: To Lunar Eclipse page:

Transit of Venus 2012:

At June 6th early morning it was time again. The second and last transit of Venus took place, at least in the live of all of us. The first two thirds where not observable from Middle Europe. Ad nauseam a front system with rain passed by. Nevertheless with a lot of hope the "M1" mount equipped with the 3 1/2" refractor "Weisslichtsau" was being placed at stage. The PST was at hand in a lurking position and a bright stripe at horizon pledged hope. The rising sun into the foggy scenery and small holes in the clouds produced a bit of suspense. There were at least about 5 minutes useable conditions to experience visual and photographic views with the Canon 350D "Photonensack"and the Herschel wedge. The following images are showing a image of the event, done at 06:24 MESZ at our domestic drive and of the setup also:

Transit of Venus


These are the first images of this action, there is more material.

The transit has been observed succesfully from many observers. At the Astrotreff one can admire a great number of results. A great cross section with my results also is showing in this thread. Instead of unfortunate conditions, the Coronograph pointed towards the antenna during sunrise, Wolfgang Mitsch succeeded with a few impressions at the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory. There is als a small video clip.

Now we have to be a bit patient, the next transit of Venus will occur at December 11th 2117.

Parade of the planets with Venus, Moon Jupiter and Mercury at December 30th. 2008:

A crystal clear evening at Mt. Wendelstein made the sighting of this four heavenly bodies so close together at dusk possible. The first image shows the chain of planets in an attractive sequence. The image to the right is a bit zoomed in and documents Jupiter beside the fainter Mercury standing close above the horizon. Both images have been done with a Casio QV5700:

Chain of planets

Jupiter and Mercury

Pluto at June 29th und at July 1st 2008:

During two nights in a distance of 48 hours it was able to do photographs of Pluto as stacks of a few 1min exposures in the focus of the Bismarck telescope. The dwarf planet moved a few arcmins backwards, in the image towards west, thus to the left. At first the two stacks with the marked position of Pluto:

Am 29. Juni

Am 01. Juli

Different stereo images have been created from the two single frames. The Gif animation is showing both frames blinking at overlap. Thus Pluto is easy detectable as a jumping point. At the same way the dwarf planet, like many asteroids also, has been discovered. With a device called blinking comparator the film plates used at that time could be blinked like shown in this animation:

Now one can guess where the phrase from the "crucial point" could be come from.

At least a stereo image where both single frames have to be overlapped by cross eyed view, if one is able to use that technique. If so Pluto seemes to float stereoscopic in front of the background:

Neptune und Moon at June 29th 2008:

The second object out of the row of planets during this early summer night is Neptune, similar to Pluto exposed as conventional deep sky image focal with Bismarck. Not especially spectacular but Neptune is captured with no doubt and easy to identify by its blue-greenish colour. Stacked out of eleven single frames with 10 secs EOS 350d exposure time each. Slight crop. Also the crescent of the Moon was photographed in this succesful night. A HDR stack created out of five single frames with the "Photonensack" in the primary focus of the Bismarck telescope. So details at the terminator as well as on the limb of the Moon are visible which would be otherwise saturated:

Moon at Oktober 28th 2007:

During observation of comet Holmes this shot of the Moon has been created in Bismarck's focal plane with the Canon 350D:

Occultation of Venus at June 18th 2007:

During a cloudy afternoon but with comfortable warm weather the occultation of Venus through the Moon could be watched with Bismarck and the 3 1/2" guiding scope. The first row of images shows the ingress of Venus behind the Moons dark side and the instrumentation at work:


hugging the telescope

Moon sets...


Since the whole occultation has find its way on a videotape, there is here also a small time lapse movie of the egress (5Mb).

Jupiter at Mai 25th 2007:

With the 0.8m Telescope of the Mt. Wendelstein Observatory this image of a shadow passage of Ganymede has been made. Made as a test with the imager MONICA I've done a three colour composite. Although Jupiter had a declination of -22° the result is pretty good:

Jupiter und Ganymede

Opposition of Mars 2005:

During this year 2005 at the beginning of November Mars reaches again a spectacular opposition. During this opposition it approaches to a distance of about 60 million kilometers. A few clips of mars are awaiting their image processing with the established method. Here the first teaser:

Oktober 13th 2005

For comparison you can watch the great number of pictures done at the opposition period 2003 here.

Uranus at September 1st 2005:

Uranus is observable better and better from year to year. To take this image of the 3.6 arcsecond size planet appropriate seeing is essential. With Bismarck Uranus is bright enough for the camcorder. The tiny planetary disc was enlarged by the factor two.


Saturn and Jupiter at January 16th 2005:

Since Saturn is longer watchable here the matching clip of Jupiter has been processed now and shows the shadow passage of the moons Europe and Ganymede. Image processing technique like usual: D8 camcorder attached together with 30mm Plössl at the Bismarck focuser, maximum optical zoom, stacking of the best frames of an 1min clip with Registax and additional processing with Gimp.



Moon at January 7th 2005:

At the end of a nice "spechtling" night (more images at the Bismarck gallery ) the lunar crescent flaunted at the morning sky above the observatory. A good opportunity to make a mosaic out of a few single Ixus images:

Lunar mosaic:

Morning mood with Moon's crescent:

6 images were taken through Bismarck for the mosaic. They've been combined with The Gimp. Gabi is responsible for the shooting of the morning mood short after the lunar photography. The panormic view was made out of three images.

Pluto 2004:

The outermost of the nine planets ist not only difficult to observe, its brightness of only mag 14 makes a larger telescope like Bismarck necessary. the unimpressive planet is not observable with the camcorder. You have to make a deepsky exposure:

Pluto at April 22th 2004:

Comparison chart of this field:

The left shot exposed 12 minutes in Bismarck's focus shows Pluto. It can be identified only by comparison with a findingchart, taken from the Digitized Sky Survey. This field of stars shows a zoomed cutout of the Bismarck image. The copyright of the DSS data is at the STSci. With this resource the position of Pluto can be identified without doubt.

Moon images 2004:

I found a series of images, done in spring 2004 with a helping hand of the Casio 5700 and the 2 1/2 inch Schiefspiegler at the Wendelstein mountain. They are of respectable image quality so the making of a moon's mosaic was absolutely worth while:

This mosaic consists of 6 focal shots, made by projection method at the Schiefspiegler. Composed were these images with The Gimp. The next row shows the meanwhile proved and tested instrumentation. Check out the mass of snow, it was at the end of March!

View towards east

Mercury at March 30th

Equipment in snow

The image of mercury is done at the moonshots evening. It is not really spectacular but shows the threequarter filled Mercury disk. The exposures of the moon at the next row are done at the same time, the crescent is from December 2004 but from the same location. The totals of the moon are shot through the 400mm telelens. The image in the middle shows the northern hemisphere of the Moon starting from the remarkable crater Copernicus till Plato and the Valley of the Alps close to the northern limb located down in the view of an inversive telescope. This image is a mosaic of two images of the mentioned image series.

March 29th

March 30th

December 15th

At the evening of December 15th 2004 further images were made. They could regarded at the Astrophoto gallery. Moreover this images demonstrates that it is possible to make impressive shots through the 60mm diameter optics of the Schiefspiegler and the 400mm telelens.

There is an own category about the historic 2 3/8" Schiefspiegler at the technic page. There you'll find also more informations about handcrafted accessories and telescope modifications.

Transit of Venus 2004:

Venus got more and more attraction in 2004. After flaunting at the evening sky in spring she transited the disk of the Sun at June 8th.

Finally a few still missing images of the transit which were extracted from the video made through the Bismarck telescope. The poor optical quality of the full size filter is responsible for an impressive demonstration of the black drop phenomenon. In the 3 1/2" guiding scope with the better glass filter no drop phenomenon was visible:

Before egress

Black drop

moments later

During the egress I encountered visually the aureolis effect. At first I believed in an optical deception. But the effect is real and was captured on video because the exposure time was slightly higher than recommended. The aureolis is the backlit atmosphere of Venus:


still visible

Here a few impressions from the scenery at the Bismarck Observatory were an illustrious round was assembled for observation of the Transit. Beside Gabi, Uli and Franz we had a guest from canada, Dennis. The first two images shows the whole scenery with Bismarck in the foreground in the mornings ready for ingress and Transit. It was simultaneously videotaped and photographed with the Canon Ixus. Samti came also to use and Uli brought his 3 1/2" refractor. He observed with a Herschel wedge. Gabi demonstrates that the Transit was visible with naked eyes through eclipse spectacles. The fourth image shows Franz and Dennis with their equipment (10" SC and Maksutov). At the fifth and at the last but one image one can see the whole armament at the Bismarck scope with guiding scope, 400mm tele lens, Maksutov at the counterweight axis and both cameras which mapped the Transit.The last shot was taken short after end of egress. The heat raised up to 30 degrees C on this perfect day.

Data gained from a 70 image sequence with the Canon Ixus: Here one arrive at a mpeg version of this animation (Filesize ca 600 Kb). Clicking into the image of the Transit taken short before beginning of egress you reach a GIF animation of the event (Filesize ca 800 Kb):

At the Wendelstein summit the Transit has benn observed also. Here is the link to the images, taken at the Koronograph. A few of Uli's great pictures can be admired here

Now an exposure of Venus from this May about three weeks before Transit, as the evening star still showed an explicit croissant form. This shot was taken with the help of Christina:

Venus May.17th 2004

Another highlight in the observing season winter 2003/2004 was a spectacular Green Flash of Venus seen from the Mt. Wendelstein. This 30 secs animation shows a summary of this impressive and extremely rare event. The Green Flash itself is shown twice, first in real speed, then in slow motion. Filesize is 5 Mb!

Saturn and Jupiter in winter 2003/2004:

Jupiter at...

...January 24th 2004

Oktober 26th 2003

The first two pictures are part of an animation of a passage of Ganymedes shadow and the following transit of this moon in front of Jupiter. The two images of Jupiter are snapshots of this event. Sporadically the seeing was about 1 arcsecond. Look at the dark color of Ganymede during his transit. The image of Saturn aside is done with the the same technic like the images of Jupiter and also the exposures of Mars at the Mars page.

Another highlight in the observing season winter 2003/2004 was a spectacular Green Flash of Venus seen from the Mt. Wendelstein. This 30 secs animation shows a summary of this impressive and extremely rare event. The Green Flash itself is shown twice, first in real speed, then in slow motion. Filesize is 5 Mb!

Opposition of Mars 2003 - The Red Planet - never so close!

By now the Opposition of Mars 2003 is history. All images for this issue you find by clicking into the image of Mars or here !

The Association of Lunar and Planet Observers (A.L.P.O.) offers not only informations to the subject Mars. Informations about other objects in the solar system are also available.

Here is the link to the A.L.P.O. start page.

Moon at July 30th 2003:

Golden handle:

Beside the summerly hunting for Mars the one or other nice vision of Moon was taken away, here the Sinus Iridium at the last daylight.

Transit of Mercury at May 7th 2003:

This picture of the transit is done from an added series of images with the D8 camcorder. The further processing is done with The Gimp. The solar filter of the Bismarck Telescope has almost moderate qualitiy. This is visible in the imaging quality.

Exposure of the Mercury transit with a normal camera through the Bismarck Telescope. 35 mm camera shot through the 3 1/2 inch guiding scope.

A video of the egress is visible here (MPEG format, 1,4 Mb).

This row of images shows the instrumentation for the observation of the transit. Beside the main scope Bismarck the 3 1/2 inch guiding telescope comes to use. Like during normal solar observation both telescopes are covered with solar filters. Photographs at the guiding scope are taken with a normal 35 mm camera.

What happens during a transit: The planet Mercury, a tiny 12 arcsecond dot passes by in front of the Sun. The situation is exactly the same like during a solar eclipse. The covering of the Sun's disk is much more smaller than during a solar eclipse but Mercury is far more distant from Earth than the Moon.

Shadow passage of Jupiter's moon Io March 4th 2003:

A time lapse video of the passage is visible here . (MPEG format 1.64 Mb)

Jupiter and Saturn at November 2001:

Jupiter is taken with my Sony D8 camcorder through Bismarck with eye piece projection. Singular video frame, taken at November 21st 2001. The magnification is according to 300 times visual. The shadow at the giant planet belongs to its moon Europa. Similar exposure dates are applying for Saturn. You get more information by clicking into the small Saturn image. The middle picture shows the array for taking such exposures.

Moon's crescent and Venus at March 1986:

During the observation campaign of comet Halley this shot of the young Moon and Venus has been created through a 400mm telelens south of the Boca de Tauce at Tenerife during dusk:

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