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The landscape and celestial photographs shown 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 the Tacande Observatory, La Palma






                  Tacande Observatory campus and Solar System scale model







                                "Fisheye" view of the Observatory dome
                     






                                               Inside the dome
                                            




                                                        
                                         Sunrise at the Observatory






                       First workshop on Astrometry and Photometry, La Palma     
     





               
                                          Workshop members at work                                                             




Using the dedicated software WinScan from Mr. C. Flohr's (thank you!) it is possible  to turn your CCD camera (ST8) into a fast photometer. 
   

 




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





                     

           Mars in a very favorable approach. C14 telescope image without stacking                                                  (one single image only)       




                          

                                         Mercury transit of the Sun



 
                                        Observing the transit of Mercury      

                                                                   




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






                       Observing the transit of Venus from La Palma 





                             Jupiter and Io, C14 + ST8E, with only 4 images (LRGB)






                                   Saturn, C14 + ST8E with only 4 images (LRGB)        







               Some of Saturn's moons in negative image, T400 + ST8XE  

                 



                               Some friends at the 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       magnitude 10.66 in band R, T400 + ST8XE   







           Change of magnitude and detection of the transit of exoplanet XO-2B by its                      star, processed with the software "FotoDif"         
                                     




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







                       Sun activity, R120S + H-alpha filter 0.6A 






  Sun dark spots on white light filter, R120S






 Giant Sun Dark spots in white light filter, R120S





 Sun watching






  Hale two mirrors heliostat    






 Optical bench for solar projection and Sun observation with a coronagraph  








Tacande summer sky. Sigma 15mm + Canon 350D





  Tacande summer sky. Sigma 8mm + Canon 350D






 Testing a new T500 telescope.  FLI 3200, LRGB composition






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






 M1 Crab Nebula. T400 + ST8XE, LRGB composition





1 hour star trails and a Perseid meteorite! Canon 350D






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

 




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






Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy, T400 + ST8XE. Notice the two core emission jets detected using a rotational gradient filter  

 


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





Galaxy sculptor. T500 + FLI 3200   






  Geminid meteor activity over 2h. 6 bright stripes are visible!  Canon 350D 





Brightest meteorites recorded on 15/01/2015 at Geminid peak!


 


 The beginning of a good night of observation! 






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






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




Moon in colors! Newtonian 300mm f/5 + Canon 6D telescope, 5-image stack 





The Omicron Eridanus system. Telescope T400 + DMK21





beta Orionis (Rigel) with bad seeing. T400 + DMK21 at 60 fps 





   beta Orionis (Rigel) with good seeing.  T400 + DMK21 at 60 fps 






Detection of a fast comet accumulating images of 10 sec. exposure







Perihelion orbit of comet P/2016 BA14 




Astrometric reduction and detection of comet P/2014 BA14








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








Globular cluster omega Centauri. Vixen R120S+Canon 6D,  single 2 m exposure






Some of the Palomar series of globular clusters count on being the most distant objects in our galaxy such as Palomar 4 which is 100 Kparsec (356,000 l.y) from us, beyond the Magellan satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. T500 to F/2.8 + FLI 3200






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







Nebula M8. Vixen R120S + ST8300M telescope. Exposure: 600 sec.







Wide-field H-alpha image of the M8 - M20 region. Canon 2.8/200 + 1.4x + 6nm H-alpha filter + ST8300M. 5x600 sec. exposure






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






H-alpha image of NGC1499. Canon 2.8/200 + 1.4x + 6nm H-alpha filter + ST8300M. 3x600 sec. exposure






The Moon in "super" Perigee






Perigee and Apogee,  compare moon sizes!







Rosetta Nebula. Canon 3.5/200 + 6nm 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. exposure. The first bright star to the right has a magnitude of 7.4  The image reaches a limit of 21.1 magnitude  





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 200 mm Canon lens. Magnitude limit around 16.5





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





Astrometry course. Gran Canaria May 2017





Analematic Sundial in Tacande





June 21, Summer solstice. The Sun at noon





The magnificent Summer Milky Way rises above the Tacande Observatory





The new observatory of La Torre de Fontaubella, Catalonia. north view






Inside the observatory. Ritchey-Cretien 406 mm telescope






Installation of the equatorial mount on the pillar





Telescopes and CCD camera with 36x36 mm CCD sensor






Meeting Room





Inside the observatory





The observatory, South view





Starting a good observation session





New focusing system





Telescope rear view




Conference at the XV CONFERENCE ASSOCIACIO ASTRONOMICA DE TORROJA DEL PRIORAT 





Conference at the XV CONFERENCE ASSOCIACIO ASTRONOMICA DE TORROJA DEL PRIORAT





M33 galaxy LRGB 600 sec. each. RC 406 + G4-16000 




The Moon. H-alpha filter 7 nm 0.01 sec. RC 406 + G4-16000 







M27 H-alpha filter 7 nm. 600 sec. RC 406 + G4-16000  



Canon 2.8/200 + Canon 6D





For more details on the equipment and techniques used, see .....




02.- Astronomical Observatory Handbook.pdf 



































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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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