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Category: The Milky Way and Nightscapes

Galaxies and Reborn Chapel

Galaxies and Reborn Chapel

Enjoy this view taken on 9th September, 2021, from Eagle Mountains, the Czech Republic, in altitude of 1035m. The central stage, below the galaxies Milky Way and the Andromeda one, takes the baroque chapel Kunštátská kaple of the Virgin Mary Visitation from the years 1670-71. The building has a circular platform with shingle coverage. The…
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Perseids and Perseus

Perseids against the Milky Way

This year’s Perseid meteor shower promised a wonderful celestial show under the dark starry sky, far away from the harmful light pollution from the cities. Thus I traveled south to the dark place of Crete Island, Greece. Despite the lower frequency of the meteors during the expected Perseid’s peak, there was still so much to…
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Lost Meteors

Lost Meteors

In real dark, cosmic lights appear. For many people, get under the dark skies means go tens of miles outside of cities. Although it’s possible to see more stars there, but to get under the naturally dark night sky, it’s necessary to travel hundreds and thousands of miles away from light sources. Unfortunately. Even during…
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Hoštiná to Starry Sky

Hoštiná to Starry Sky

Every year for decades, a wonderful tradition comes on hills of Hoštiná, Slovakia, where dozens of astronomy enthusiasts meet astronomers at Star Party Hoštiná. Despite some light pollution from Púchov city, everybody enjoys the beauty of the night sky with children by a campfire (or already sleeping in tents) and not far away from an…
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Nova in Hercules 2021 - Annotated

Nova in Hercules 2021

A 3 days ago, on 14th June 2021, a new star of 6th magnitude (on the threshold of naked-eye visibility) appeared of at the edge of the Hercules constellation, between stars Epsilon and 111 nearby Aquila. In fact, not quite new, but pretty interesting nova. Novae are short-lived outbursts from aged binary star systems in…
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Setting Flower Moon over Kunetice Castle

Flower Moon over Kunetice Castle

On May 26th, 2021, the full Moon appeared over Kunetice Castle, seen from Bohumileč, Czech Republic. The wonderful view was even more unique as just by that time, at 1:51 UTC, Moon was closest to Earth, producing popularly called “supermoon” (or Perigee Full Moon). I tried to catch the Moon by the time of its…
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Mercury's Sodium Tail

Mercury’s Sodium Tail

Accepting the high challenge of shooting the currently significantly well-capturable Mercury’s Sodium tail, I tried to make the record with no narrow-band filter, but only with full spectrum Baader BCF modified camera. Considering the bright short wavelengths are highly scattered due to the atmospheric extinction low over the horizon, the only colours to be captured…
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