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The landscape and celestial photographs displayed below have been taken by the author. Enjoy!

Las imágenes astronómicas y de paisaje han sido realizadas por el autor ¡Que las disfruten!

                                          Sunrise at Tacande Observatory

                         Tacande Observatory campus and Solar System scale model 

                                        "Fisheye" view from the main dome

                                             Tacande Observatory inside the dome

                                              Moonrise at Tacande Observatory

          First Workshop of Astronomical Astrometry&Photometry, La Palma

                                           Workshop members on duty

        Using dedicated software like winScan from C. Flohr (thank you) is possible to convert your
         CCD camera (ST8) in a fast solar system photometer.

   During this lunar occultation is revealed the double nature of the star, please note the slope.

           Mars on a very favorable approach. C14 telescope image without                                                               stacking (just a single image)

                                    Transit of Mercury across the Sun

                                            Observing the Mercury transit

                            08/06/2004  Transit of Venus. The last time until 2117!  

                                 Observing the transit of Venus from La Palma 

                               Jupiter and Io, C14 + ST8E, with just 4 pictures (LRGB)

                                     Saturn, C14 + ST8E with just 4 pictures (LRGB)

               Some of the Saturn moons in negative picture , T400 + ST8XE


                                       Some friends at Tacande Observatory

                            Astronomy class at the observatory

                                 The double quasar QSO 0957+651, T400 + ST8XE

Position of the exoplanet XO-2b. The star below (ref 10.66(R)) is a reference star of                                             10.66 magnitude in R band, T400 + ST8XE   

     Magnitude change and detection of the exoplanet transit XO-2B across their star,                                               processed with  "FotoDif" software

               90 mm. diameter H-alpha filter  0.6A bandwidth on a  R120S refractor

                                     H-alpha sun activity, R120S + 0.6A filter 

Sun dark spots in white light filter, R120S

Sun giant dark spots in white light filter, R120S

Sun observation

Two mirrors Hale heliostat 

 Optical bench for solar projection and for observation with a coronagraph 

Tacande summer sky.  Sigma 15mm + Canon 350D

Tacande summer sky. Sigma 8mm + Canon 350D

Testing a new telescope. T500 + FLI 3200, LRGB composition

The great omega Centauri globular star cluster. R120S + ST-8300M

M1 Crab nebula. T400 + ST8XE, LRGB composition

Perseid meteor! and 1hour star trails Canon 350D

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy. T400 + ST8XE, 11 exposures composition 

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy. T400 + ST8XE (false color)

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy, T400 + ST8XE. Please note two emission jets from the nucleus detected using a gradient rotational filter

   The Barnard galaxy on our local group. T500 + FLI 3200 camera, LRGB composition

Sculptor galaxy. T500 + FLI 3200 image

15/01/2015 Geminid meteor activity along 2h. 6 bright streaks are visible!  Canon 350D   

Brighter meteors registered the date 15/01/2015 at Geminid peak!

For more details about the equipment and techniques used please see.....

01.- Observatory Handbook.pdf   page. 24 "Time Lapse"


The beginning of a good observing night!

Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina from Tacande Observatory,  R120S + Canon 6D

Isophotopic distribution of comet C/2013 US10 Catalina, from Tacande Observatory.  T400 + SBIG ST8XE

300mm f/5 Newtonian telescope + Canon 6D, stack of 5 images

The omicron Eridanus system. Telescope T400 + DMK21

beta Orionis (Rigel) in not good seeing

   beta Orionis (Rigel) in good seeing Telescope T400 + DMK21 at 60 fps 

A fast comet track and accumulate images of 10 sec. exposure

Comet P/2016 BA14 perihelion orbit 

Astrometric  reduction and detection of comet P/2014 BA14

09/05/2016    Mercury transit in front of the Sun

12/05/2016  omega Centauri globular cluster. Vixen R120S+Canon 6D, single 2 minutes exposure

Some of the Palomar globular cluster series counting on being the most distant objects in our galaxy. I will introduce Palomar 4 that is at 100 Kparsec (356,000 l.y) from us, more beyond Magellan Milky Way satellite galaxies. T500 at F/2.8 + FLI 3200

alpha Scorpii, Antares region.  Explore Scientific ED80 + Canon 6D

Nebula M8. Telescope Vixen R120S + ST8300M.  exposure: 1x600 sec.

Wide field H-alpha image of the M8 - M20 region. Canon 2,8/200 + 1.4x + 6 nm H-alpha filter + ST8300M.  5x600 sec. exposure

Galaxies M31, 32, 110  Vixen R120 + Canon 6D  15m. exposure

H-alpha image of NGC 1499. Canon 2,8/200 + 1.4x + 6 nm H-alpha filter + ST8300M.  3x600 sec. exposure

The Moon at "super" Perigee

Compare Moon sizes

Rosetta nebula.  Canon 3.5/200 + 6 nm H-alpha filter + ST8300M.  4x600 sec. exposure

Rosetta nebula.  Vixen R120 + Canon 6D  ISO 800    6x300 sec. exposure

The distant globular cluster NGC 2419.  T400 + ST8XE,  15 m. single exposure. First bright star at right is magnitude 7.4  Limit magnitude reached of 21.1 

Photometry and Astrometry with a 200mm. Canon lens + ST-8300M camera.  FOV: 10.28 x 6.88 degrees.  1 minute exposure

Photometry and Astrometry with a 200mm. Canon lens. Limit magnitude about 16.5

Double star gamma Virgo. T400 + ASI174MM  exp:10 msec

Course of Astrometry. Gran Canaria, May 2017

Tacande Sundial

21th June, 2017 Summer solstice at true Sun midday

The magnificent Summer Milky Way is rising over Tacande Observatory

The new observatoy at  La Torre de Fontaubella, Catalonia. North view

Inside the observatory. 406 mm Ritchey Cretien telescope

Installing the equatorial mount on the pillar

Telescopes and CCD camera with a 36x36 mm sensor

Meeting room

Inside the observatory

The observatory. South view

Starting a nice observing session




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  2. Sorry for this delayed answering to your kind message. The observatory and property was sold months ago but I'm continuing my astronomy activities from main land Spain in Tarragona area, By now still very busy

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  5. Sorry about the eruption, are you in any danger there?