Welcome to the Astro-Kooperation!
The “Astro-Kooperation” was formed back in 2003 by Stefan Heutz and Wolfgang Ries as collaboration in our common interest astrophotography. Michael Breite later joined in and today we form an alliance of three amateur astrophotographers sharing the fascination for the wonders of the universe.
On this website we are pleased to present some of our images of the most beautiful objects in the heavens.
Scroll down for our recent images!
M 27 is a Planetary in the summer skies well known as the Dumbbell-Nebula. Deep images reveal both the hydrogen (H-alpha – red) and oxygen ([O-III] – blue/green) parts of the nebula. Our image is the first light of our new 12″ f/5.3 Optimized Newtonian Telescope.
NGC 2903 is a well known galaxy in the constellation Leo and can be best observed during spring time. On deep photographies, this galaxy reveals a nice barred spiral structure. It is believed to be a look-alike to our own Milky Way Galaxy for its general size and the central bar.
LDN 1101/2 are two dark nebulas in IC1396 (well known as the “elefant’s trunk”). Our image is arguably the first amateurs’ picture revealing the tiny Planetary with the nomination IPHASXJ214032.5+564752. This Planetary has been discovered not earlier than 2009 on professional telescopes’ images.
M 86 is another large elliptical galaxy in the constellation virgo. It is located in the close vicinity of M 84 which can be seen here. Here is a mosaik of the two showing their relative position in the sky.
M 84 is a famous elliptical galaxy in the constellation virgo. It can thus be best viewed in the spring time. Its close twin M 86 can be seen here, and here is a mosaik of the two showing their relative position in the sky.
M 77 is a nice face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus. It is a well known object of the autumn skies. Although its core is quite bright the outer spiral arms need several hours of exposure time to become visible.
NGC 5996 is a rather small disturbed galaxy in the constellation Serpens. We integrated our image as long as 20 hours in total to reveal the faint spiral arms and the zoo of faint background galaxies.
NGC 6820 is a well known emission nebula. Located close to the famous dumbbell nebula M 27 in Vulpecula, it can be best seen in summer nights.