Welcome to Astrophotography

by Martin Timpe

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Astrophotography and Astronomy

This website is dedicated to astrophotography and astronomy. Be invited to visit my galleries where you can watch images of fascinating celestial objects or to read in blog posts on special images and other topics related to astronomy and astrophotography. Since my late teenager years I am passionate about astrophotography and astronomy. At the age of 17 I had a view through the refractor telescope of my cousin and I was hooked. After I finished the school I purchased a used 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and I used an analogue SLR camera. The first highlights were the comets Hyakutake and Hale Bopp in 1997 as well a the total solar eclipse over Germany in 1999. Between 1996 and 2009 I studied and started to work I mainly lived in urban areas in cities in small apartments what restricted my activities in astronomy severely. An exception was my stay at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, for a temporary scholarship where I used the opportunity to enroll in an astronomy basics lecture at the physics department. After 2009 I returned to my hobby profiting from the newly available advantages of digital photography. Most of the time I use a small, privately owned telescope equipment in my backyard. But from time to time I travel to remote places to take advantage of a dark night sky without civil light pollution and good weather conditions. A highlight was my stay in late August and September 2019 around new moon on the Schreiber's family astro farm Tivoli in Namibia. Since 2009 I am member of the Hofheim observatory (Sternwarte Hofheim). Besides other activities in astrophotography I maintain the observatory's allsky meteor camera since November 2020. The camera is part of an european/american fireball network (an independent, coordinated network of stations operated by amateurs, see further below for more informations)

European Fireball Network AllSky7

The following row shows a "live" view of the meteor camera(s) of the Hofheim observatory as part of the european fireball network Allsky7. The images are updated each 15 minutes or so - to update please reload this page. You can click the thumbs to see an enlarged picture.

Hofheim Station Allsky7, also see the european Allsky7 main page

Cam1 (N)

Cam2 (NE)

Cam3 (SE)

Cam4 (SW)

Cam5 (NW)

Cam6 (N)

Cam7 (S)

Cam1 (N) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam2 (NE) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam3 (SE) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam4 (SW) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam5 (NW) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam6 (N) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim
Cam7 (S) AMS53 Allsky7 Network Hofheim

Noctilucent Clouds Timelapse with the AllSky7 Camera in Hofheim-Langenhain

This video was captured by one of the cameras of the AllSky7 meteor detection cameras of the Hofheim Observatory a few days after the 2021 summer solstice during dawn on the 25th of June:

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