The images below have been taken with fairly simple setup: a camera fixed on top of a tripod.
I started with 35mm film, switched to 35mm slide film, then eventually followed the crowd and started using a DSLR.
The Milky Way setting behind some trees near Winkel, F
Some shots from a beautifully dark spot not too far from home.
The Andromeda Galaxy
Part of Cyg and what seems to be NGC7000 on the left
An aircraft flies through Cas and towards M31, the Andromeda Galaxy
The Constellation Orion and an aircraft over Oberwil, CH
Came home around midnight and the sky was too beautiful not to look at it.
The greenish blue of comet Lovejoy, a tree illuminated by street light, and an aircraft.
A 3% waxing Moon over Oberwil on a freezing cold night
Stars in b/w over the hills south of Basel
Experimented a little bit with the Lightroom presets from Lonely Speck.
The Milky Way in over the hills south of Basel
Lens is sharp on the right but not the left.
The Milky Way in b/w over the hills south of Basel
The Milky Way over the hills south of Basel
I'm still not happy with the (replacement) lens. Looks good on the right but not the left.
A conjunction of Mars and the Moon behind clouds, as is customary in the UK.
Sunrise captured on a flight
Surprisingly good and vivid colours for a phone!
Star field over trees over Southern France
One of the first tries with a DSLR, the Pentax K10D.
Not convinced, I have to say. Stars are bleeding out, noise is high.
An aircraft about to cross the Moon
Venus and 1 Leonid over the hills over Nice
Another effort to picture Leonids. This time I was more lucky. But boy was it cold!
Shutter times 1 or 2 minutes.
This Leonid was big, potentially a fireball.
2 Leonids in this picture.
Mars, Saturn, Venus & Mercury over the hills above Grasse. Mercury is about to disappear.
New (used) camera, new (used) lenses and a rare constellation of planets.
Shutter time was determined by the camera this time.
Mars, Saturn, Venus & Mercury over the hills above Grasse.
Mars (top), Saturn (left) and Venus (right) in a rare constellation.
Star trails and the constellation Lyra with Vega
This time I went higher up into the mountains, further away from the light pollution of the Côte d'Azur. Totally worth it.
Shutter time was around 5 minutes.
Part 2 of the lens shoot-out - view North through 20mm lens.
Shutter time was around 5 - 10 minutes.
Part 1 of the lens shoot-out - view North through 16mm lens.
Spica above Cime du Cheiron with some snow, my car and me.
Shutter time was around 10 seconds.
Jupiter and two of it's Moons
View towards Grasse.
New (used) camera, new (used) lenses and new film. I wanted to test some of my lenses.
All photos were taken behind our house in Plascassier, still underneath the dust of the Côte d'Azur.
Shutter time was 5 minutes.
Star trails and Ursa Mayor
Shutter time was 2 minutes.
Star trails, Polaris and Ursa Mayor
Shutter time was 10 minutes.
Self portrait with Jupiter and stars.
Shutter time was between 2 and 5 minutes.
The Moon in the night sky
The Moon in an evening sky
Jupiter is setting behind some trees in our garden.
Orion in all its splendor
Star trails with Per, Cas and UMi
New (used) camera, new (used) lenses and new film. This was one of the coldest sessions I have ever done in France.
Shutter time was anywhere between 10 seconds and 10 minutes. It was too cold to look or care.
No Leonid on this one. So eventually you close the shutte rand try again.
Orion's sword and nebula. Note how the Fuji has a lot less red than the Kodak.
My observation spot in the mountains. The light is from the city of Nice.
Perseus with h & chi Perseii
Trying a high-ISO negative colour film this time. I like the scans more than the prints, of course.
Shutter time was 50 seconds.
Shutter time was 25 seconds.
The stars of the constellation Cassiopeia
The stars of Cassiopeia
The stars of Auriga (incl Capella)
The stars of the constellation Auriga
Gemini with Castor, Pollux and M35
A lot of red in the constellation Orion
Canis Mayor with Sirius and a bit of Lepus
Snapshot of the constellation Orion.
More slide film. Again, the actual slides look much better than the Photo CD transfers or even the scans I made years later using a Nikon LS4000.
The transfer to Photo CD takes away a lot of the detail, unfortunately.
Shutter time was around 75 seconds.
Shutter time was around 30 seconds.
Shutter time was anywhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
Star trail of Orion rising above the Mediterranean Alps
Jupiter and Saturn in front of constellation Taurus and the Pleiades
Trying to see if I can capture NGC7000 - I can.
First attempts on slide film. Looks amazing on a big screen!
I like star trails. These are my first in colour.
Colour variation in Lyra
An aircraft passing in front of Cassiopeia
An aircraft and a faint Perseid (near centre of picture)
My first attempt to shoot Perseids didn't work out. One single Perseid captured.
Film developped and prints made by a small studio in Antibes, then scanned.
Shutter time was anywhere between 40 seconds and 2 minutes.
Long star trails and the constellation UMi
A set of B/W photos taken on Kodak Tmax 400 in July 2000 near Lucéram, France.
Shutter time was anywhere between 50 seconds and 2 minutes.
Short star trails and the constellation UMi
A star field
A star field with aircraft trail.
Tried to catch an Iridium Flare, but had the camera point the wrong way. Moved it with open shutter for this image. Interesting and definitely not pretty.