The Observatory of the VdS Köln, my location of amateur research


The observatory of the "Vereinigung der Sternfreunde Köln" Odenthal/Scheuren (near Cologne) Odenthal/Scheuren, 51° north, 7°10' east. A half timbered house in the traditional style. The front part houses is the instrument platform; the roof can be pushed back to the rear. In the rear part of the house is the heated lounge with computer station. The sky is excellent and in winter one can work the whole night without freezing. The south west horizon permits observations until -25° Declination.

The Observatory for Spectroscopy of the VdS-Köln (Germany)

C14 Schmidt-Cassegrain Teleskop

C14 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescop with the Spectrograph LHIRES III

Computer station to controll the guiding system and CCD-camera


                                                                   Grating: 2400 L/mm

                                                                   Dispersion: 0.059 Angstr./pix

                                                                   Spectral resolution R ~ 18000

                                                                   CCD camera ATIK 460EX (picture above not up to date)

                                                                   Guiding webcam Phillips