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The human factor

Not only tables … Small human details make cities lively again

Feet in the Limmat river, not a space left!

A tree of life and hope appeared in the Münstehof

Queues for hotdogs, ice creams, pretzel …I love queues!

..except for queues for the toilet…

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Death can’t dance

Nights ago, during COVID19 peak, a dancing Death appeared on the basement of Hans Waldmann, once upon a time Mayor of Zurich.

No time for dancing Death anymore in Zürich… hopefully for long!

People regained the abandoned places of the last 2 months. Here are the squatters at the Opera square.

Bikers along the Limmat Quai

Full benches at the Münsterhof

…and the soap bubble maker of Bellevue. Everything back to normality?

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Spring of life

Spring blooming in 2020. Click each picture to zoom in.

Non places

Non places, still visited, during endless sessions of geocaching. Click each picture to zoom in.

 

 

 

Back to life

Signs of normal life style back into the city of Zurich, Switzerland. Click each picture to zoom in.

 

Freeze! My first Deep Space Objects

Starry night skies are present in Zurich despite the light pollution . Still, is light pollution low enough for shooting deep space objects? Which exposures / f values,  ISO combinations are necessary to capture galaxies or star clusters?

With a fixed tripod, 30 sec exposures cause long star trails.

With a Skyguider Pro mount, 4 minute long exposures produce clear star pins: so many stars turn visible through photography!

With such long exposures, Deep Space Objects like M37, Spinwheel and Starfish star clusters got visible! Can you see them between Venus (bottom left) and Capella (the bright star on the right border)?

Here is a crop from above: the 3 clusters are vertically displaced across middle of the picture.

A continuous tracking of the Polar Star alignment is useful with 4 minute long exposures or longer. If the alignment get lost during the shooting, star trails will appear. I obtained continuous tracking by changing the optical scope for iPolar, an electronic scope which shows the alignment to the Polar Star on a laptop screen. The electronic scope does not need to detect the Polar Star. The detection of 3-4 stars is enough to localize the Zenith. A good alignment is very easily kept for 4 minutes and likely more.

 

Camera setup for stars: 240″, f/3.2, ISO 500

Around 20 pictures stacked with the free software DeepSkyStacker

Lenses: Nikon 70-200 mm or 35 mm

Cameras: Nikon D800 or D600

Mount: Skyguider Pro (iOPTRON) with iPolar

Je me souviens. Des jours anciens. Et je pleure

Pictures shot with D800 plus Astronomik UHC filter: 97% transmission at 486nm (H-beta), 97% transmission at 496nm (OIII), 97% transmission at 501nm (OIII), 97% transmission at 656nm (H alpha).

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon coeur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

Tout suffocant
Et blême, quand
Sonne l’heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure

Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m’emporte
Deçà, delà,
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.

Paul Verlaine, Poèmes saturniens

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