Astro-photography requires dark, long and often cold nights for capturing good shots, still sometimes a balcony is sufficient. These pictures where shot from my balcony in Zurich. Picture exposures go from some fractions of second to 33 minutes (a composition of 11 pictures, each 3 minute long). Long exposures were possible thanks to a Skyguider Pro mount and a Nikon 200 mm zoom.

Half-full Moon

The Pleiades star cluster

A Jupiter and Saturn “great but late junction”, setting behind the 870 meter-high Uetliberg hill, West of Zurich.

The Orion Nebula, the closest-to-Earth stellar nursery

Click each picture to zoom in.