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Camissa

Greetings from Cape Town

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My name is Eckhard and I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

At the moment I am setting up my rig in the garden whenever weather permits. I am busy planing a roll-off observatory and I hope I will be finished by the end of October. My main interest are the deep sky objects of the Milky Way.

I started with Astronomy 30 years ago with a Meade LX200. While I travelled for many years back and forth between Europe and California, my LX200 stayed in California. I had wonderful evenings and mellow nights under the stars. After I moved the telescope to Europe this stopped, the sky in Berlin was just too bad and I was working too much to often drive to darker skies. 

After retiring I bought an A-P Starfire 130, moved to sunny Cape Town and now the Southern Skies keep me entertained. 

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I have started with astrophotography a year ago. This is my rig, pointing at the SCP and waiting for darkness. I am approximately 1.000 meters away from where John Herschel had his observatory while he was cataloging the Southern Skies. 
 

I am busy getting all the gear for my observatory which has caused a lot of rain and stormy weather in Cape Town. As I am nearly done, our local newspaper this morning had this headline:

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Rain of terror almost over, say weather forecasters

Good thing nobody here knows the real reason for the bad weather period. 

I am looking forward to spending time here and learning about astronomy and especially astrophotography. 

Clear skies and cheers,
Ecki
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Hi Eckhard and a very warm welcome to the Lounge 🙂

Steve

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Hello Ecki,

Welcome to SGL. That’s an extremely nice imaging rig you have there and what a beautiful location to use it from too.

Wishing you clear skies.

Rob

 

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Welcome. Hope you have lots of fun ... you certainly have an enviable location. 🙂

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@Camissa Welcome to SGL! As you will find here a lot of experienced folks that can help you with what ever you need help with. That is some serious scope, I like it :D

Also happy retirement and may the skies be clear!

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Hi Ecki and a warm welcome from me.  Good luck & clear skies!

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Hi @Camissa and welcome to the lounge.

Cape Town? Not jealous. Not at all.

Pop into The Firemans Arms and see if you can spot my Thames Valley Police badge. Then sink a Savanna for me.

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