Anders Wettergren advertises out which won this year's astronomy price from SAAF. Ulf Jonsson from north of Sweden got it, he wasn't here and will get the price later.
Read more about SAAF and the price here, sorry, only in Swedish:
To the left Sören, chairman of MAK, to the right Ulf Danielsson, Professor of Theoretical Physics from Uppsala University talks about gravitation waves.
Read more about Ulf Danielsson, sorry, only in Swedish:
There where a lot of discussion after the talks.
Christoffer has brought his new telescope with him to show us the beautiful handcraft work.
Christoffer told us this about the telescope:
Read more about ZWO telescope making:
Christoffer is a member of the Jupiter project.
Under the tent is a big bino viewer Dob 15". It interested a lot of people. Håkan has more information of this fantastic instrument.
The 15" binoviewer is owned by Sten Arne from north of Sweden. It has two 390 mm (15 ") f4.2 mirrors from Joel von Knorring and he built it about 10 years ago. The first time I heard about it was through Joel and they had then recently been to the Sahara Sky with it. Must have been impressive and Fritz (the owner of the hotel) spoke warmly about it when I was there last spring at the hotel.
It is used with Panoptics 24 mm and Nagler 13 mm eyepieces (126x and 68x magnification). You sit (or stand) very good almost inside the Dob and it gives an amazingly nice bino feeling. Ok, it gets a reclining position if an object is low to the horizon. It's sort of a 'dome' in front and a bit of a 3D feeling when the eyes touching the eyepieces.
The Wild Duck Cluster M11 was my first object I observed in it and it was amazing. So fun to see it at last. It's a lot of work to keep this instrument adjusted, so an owner need a bit of enthusiasm. The entire instrument can be air shipped and it is well thought how it is stored in the boxes (I was there on Sunday when it was taken apart). I can imagine to have an instrument like this, but you have to sleep on things of this importance. I hope Sten Arne takes it to the ITT meeting in Austria at this month's end.
Thanks Håkan for the information!
The big event was when we visited the bigger telescopes. In a nearby observatory there is a hugh telescope, and not only one, there are two! It was built by Fogelqvist many years ago. It was sadly to hear that when he was finished he was so ill that he couldn't use it very much. Lately they have started to modernize it with an another drive and other things. The telescope to the right is a 24" or 0.6 meter diameter Newton. Gunilla has climb up the stair to look into it. I will give more data when I get it about this fantastic telescope.
In the evening there was dinner with chicken, roast beef and pork.
Maybe you live close to Mariestad and want to join the Mariestad Astronomy Club?
After the dinner it was time to do some astrophotographing. We where lucky to have a clear sky.
This is what I got with my portable Star Adventurer mount. We had two cameras mounted on it. One Canon EOS 6D with a Sigma 150mm f2.8 lens and one Canon EOS M with a Canon 22mm f2.2 lens: