Not many imagesHelix nebulaHelix nebula © Julian KöpkeNGC 6514 M20 Trifid nebulaNGC 6514 M20 Trifid nebula © Julian KöpkeM8 Lagoon NebulaM8 Lagoon Nebula © Julian KöpkeEta Carinae NGC 3372 IIIEta Carinae NGC 3372 © Julian KöpkeIC 2944 - 48 Running Chicken NebulaIC 2944 - 48 Running Chicken Nebula © Julian KöpkeM42-1Orion nebula M42M45-2Pleiades M45NGC 5236 Southern Firewheel GalaxyNGC 5236 Southern Firewheel Galaxy © Julian Köpke
World at Night
World at nightCelestial light IIICelestial light III © Julian KöpkeChaletChalet © Julian KöpkeJupiter Moon Saturn over Alps (Mürren)Jupiter Moon Saturn over Alps (Mürren) © Julian KöpkeStitched PanoramaStitched PanoramaMilky Way and Magellanic CloudsMilky Way and Magellanic Clouds © Julian KöpkeMond Venus und Jupiter© Julian KöpkeMoonrise and MercuryMonduafgang mit MerkurMoonrise in KiripotibSilhouette of earth under Milky Way and startrailsSilhouette of earth under Milky Way and startrails © Julian KöpkeStartrails over Tunnel ViewStartrails over Tunnel View is a combination of Startrails and a daylight image superimposed to get some structure. © Julian KöpkeStartrails South KiripotibStartrails South Kiripotib © Julian KöpkeTurning night sky in YosemiteTurning night sky in Yosemite © Julian KöpkeZodiacal light in YosemitePlanet Juiter is the bright star in the East in the zodiacal light in Yosemite. © Julian Köpke
Night and Darkness
The peace in Mürren is almost intrusive. It is not disturbed by traffic noise. Only the occasional buzzing of the cable cars is reminiscent of normal life. The starry sky is great because at night very few lamps illuminate the village.
Autumn is already more advanced in Central Switzerland thanin Ticino. Temperatures in the shade are well below 10 degrees Celsius. The sun has a lot of power at 1600m, you can easily sweat when walking.
While searching for a location for my tripod slowly upwards, I meet individual hikers or groups of two. The large groups take the cable car to the summit and do not appear on the hiking trails. Surprisingly many fly into the valley by paragliding.
Earthlight, Jupiter and Saturn
The sun is setting in the west. The Moon moves east and setting in the west, too. If one compares the position of the Moon relative to the prominent planets Saturn and Jupiter, because they appear close to each other, it is no longer below the two, but to the east next to them.
Temporarily there was much less haze today, so that the earthlight (in german: aschfahles Mondlicht) of the moon in the right hand image is very well visible. Yesterday you could only guess. With the spotting scope the crescent moon shows up well detailed.
The spotting scope allows to photograph the two planets Saturn and Jupiter with a full frame camera in a single field of view at lowest magnification (x30, which is about 800mm focal length). The structure of the planets ist better outlined with short exposure times (see insets), the Galilean moons of Jupiter need a longer one.
What am I doing ?
Sometimes I answer: I’m making every day black and white images to earn my life. I’m a radiologist by profession, a physicist and physician by graduation.
Beside scientific research I always felt attracted by music, literature, painting and art.
After times of painting in watercolor, oil and sketching I restarted photography in 2005 with my first digital SLR, a Canon 350D. After a couple of years of poking around in the dark I discovered astrophotography in 2010.
Physical properties of lenses, telescopes and of sensors had to be understood. I became familiar with technical details of image acquisition and editing under a cosmos of conditions.
And I found a way back to the light at daytime. Only recent with a friend we combined digital images of photo sensors and x-ray sensors to get beautiful results.
The sky is the limit.
What's important to me
Ever since I undertook any image related efforts: there’s always something to show, the naked eye wouldn’t see without.
It’s just normal in my profession as a radiologist.
It’s likewise in astronomy.
And in good photographs, too.