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Skywatch Emberger Alm March 17th - 21st 2004

Astronomy days of the BAA (Burgenlšndische Amateur Astronomen) from March 17th to March 21st  2004 at the Emberger Alm in Carinthia
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Emberger Alm front
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Emberger Alm side
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The early birds
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Part of the group
during afternoon leisure
This year i organized again a trip for the BAA (Burgenlšndische Amateur Astronomers) to the Emberger Alm at 1800m sealevel in Carinthia. The weatherforecasts for the planned time were differing. One forecast said good, another prognosed bad weather. As on the 17th the actual weather was perfect, so Francis and i decided to drive on the 17th in the early morning to Carinthia to the Emberger Alm. 23 members of our club had enrolled but because of the confusing weatherforecast only 16 finally participated. To summarize  - we were lucky, the weather stayed from good to perfect during the 4 days. We could photograph and do deepsky observing all 4 nights. As the club has just got a new Coronado Solar Filter we could also try during daytime this nice piece of hardware and show to all the participants and people who came along beautiful solar views with protuberances and  structures on the sun in H-alpha light. Here some images of this days sun view and the instruments and the people enjoying it. Thanks to Peter Morth who let us use his Vixen guiding refractor for the solar watch and Manfred Wasshuber who produced on time the adapter for the Coronado filter!
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Peter Morth und Manfred Schwarz
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Alexander Rossi
watches protuberances

Our
club members have brought a variety of different telescopes to the meeting.  There were refractors from 60 to 125mm and reflectors from 8 to 14 inch put in place. Find some views of the telescopes here attached.
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LX200 12" of Karl Binder and 8" Dobson of Andreas  Berthold
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Manfred Fischer with LX200 12" Tube and Losmandy mount
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Manfred Lauchart with new Vixen  GP-DX
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The scope road
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You need a lot of cases for the astro toys
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Our friends from Astro Experts brought a large astro library

Here
some images of the beautiful landscape on the Emberger Alm. All images by Peter Morth.
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Finally
find here some images made by different astrophotographers during these days on the Emberger Alm. Thanks to Peter Morth and Manfred Schwarz who allowed me to show their astroimages here!
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Constellation Scorpion (right top to middle) before sunrise, Peter Morth
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Manfred Schwarz
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M65, M66
Manfred Schwarz
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Plejades
by Peter Morth
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M20 and M8
G.Wechselberger
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IC 4592
G.Wechselberger


As these days were a success during night and day we have planned to repeat this event in October 2004 again. If you are interested to join our BAA Astronomy Days at Emberger Alm from October 9th until October 12th 2004 than send me a
MAIL.