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With the already known slogan: 'Recreating... talk shop... relaxing...' the astronomy friends are invited to join the 15. Herzberger Teleskoptreffen [HTT, the East Germany's star party] to enjoy the nice indian summer weather and the fascinating starry sky of Southern Brandenburg. On the three meadows at the ELSTERLAND OBSERVATORY Jesnigk - where Petrus (weather god) has his astronomical vacations every year ;-) - we will meet again for a great weekend. It is possible to use the HTT area from Wednesday on. For our regular visitors and the new guests we collected some information below - also in 2014 we have a very attractive program - and of course many telescopes: from the 63 mm ZEISS ... up to the 42 inch Giant Dobsonian.

A beautyful Video: The HTT by day and night.                                          Weather-Webcam Jeßnigk

ELSTERLAND OBSERVATORY Jeßnigk Dorfstraße 118 D - 04916 Jeßnigk-Schönewalde

51° 44' 54" N
13° 16' 41" E

80 km south of Berlin
  8 km northeast of Herzberg (E.)

Here the new Website from Jessnigk:
You may zoom in this satellite image with the possibilty to calculate a route using Google maps you may found
here. [in English]

Here you can find at which times traffic jam is likely.

At least we show a collection of areal images which may be useful for orientation at the HTT area. Please click at the small image:
Luftbilder - 'HTT-Geografie :-)
Informations + Contact
AstroTeam Elbe-Elster e.V.
Postfach 1131
D-01640 Coswig

+49 176 / 64328838 (D. Landrock)
+49 177 / 6162488 (M. Möckel)

e-Mail  to the HTT team.
  5,00 €   per person
  2,00 €   pupils and students
  3,00 €   car
  5,00 €   tent
  5,00 €   small caravan
10,00 €   great caravan

- Children up to 14 years does not fee
- Guests from countries with ? un-
  favorable course (CZ, SK, PL, H ...)
  do not fee for the tent.
- the fee counts for the whole HTT.
Dear astronomers,

our fees are very short. At the HTT you have only a fraction of the costs which you had at other astronomical events. We want not change this paradigm for submit anyone the chance to join. We ask everybody who does not have to count every Cent to donate something extra. You support therewith not only the HTT itself but also the construction of our ›› observatory.
We are a non-profit organisation and can draw a donation receipt which confirms the german Income Tax Act (EStG).
You can give donations directely or deposit at our account:

IBAN: ... DE74 18051000 3320200347
Bank: ... Sparkasse Elbe-Elster
Bank code: ... 18051000
To: ... AstroTeam Elbe-Elster e.V.

Many thanks in advance.
Hostels + boarding houses
In the Herzberg region you can stay overnight good and inexpensive. Our recommendations:

Parkhotel - Schönewalde
Schosshotel Grochwitz - Herzberg
"Zum Stammhaus" Wilkniß - Herzbg.
Gasthaus "Wolfschlucht" - Herzberg
Pension "Forsthaus Striesa"
Grillhütte Grochwitz
- Herzberg
Hotel Nordklause - Herzberg
Pension Purma - Herzberg
Pension "Zur Mühle" - Jagsal
Hotel "Zum heitern Blick" - Herzberg  

More boarding houses you can find at the websites of the little towns:
Herzberg, Schönewalde + Schlieben.
Food + drinks
In contradiction to other star parties you don't need to cook or to barbecue for yourself. You get delicious and inexpensive foods and drinks nearly around the clock.

Petra and Roger Franke offer home cooked dishes at 09:00 in the morning to 02:00 in the night.

We like the intimate flair of the HTT: Our "H-alpha bar" is an important meeting point where you will get to know many astronomers... interesting discussions and talks happen here.
Electric power
Our northern meadow is reserved for photographers. There we have sockets with 220V AC. Please have cross-connectors and extension cables with you. At the large southern meadow you find power supply only at a few points. Please inform you before you camp there.

Please pay attention:
Our electrical capacity is not unlimited. Please note: The electricity may only be used for astronomical purpose, eg. Loading of notebook batteries or driving a fan for removing dew. Please unroll cable reels completely to avoid wasting of electricity.

The usage of electricity for cooking, heating, watching TV, drive a fridge and other non-astronomical purposes are not allowed.
Toilets and lavatories
At our place we can use the building of the local sports club which contains toilets and cold & war water. If you want to take a shower you can use the club building of the Football club Kolochau - which is 3 km away.
During the day we recommend a visit at the nearby lakes for bathing Brandis and Bernsdorf.
Site rules
The usage of green laser pointers is forbidden. Exceptions must be allowed by the HTT team. Please do not play music and avoid loud noises at night time.

Please avoid the usage of white light. You should have special care of your car which may switch on lights when the doors are opened.

Screens of notebooks necessarily only at night with excessive use red-light film!

When leaving please take all waste with you. We had never problems with that and thank our visitors in advance for their exemplary behaviour.

                              Lectures...     Workshops...    observation hints...    

Here you can find some program hints of the 15. HTT. It's possible that we will add or change parts of the content. Please also pay attention on the announcements we will do at the meeting.

Observation with 33"- and 42"-Dobsonian

Lectures - on Friday
Like every year Dr. Erhard Hänßgen will present his great telescope. At daytime you will be able to try his 140 mm - Coronado (H-alpha Instrument) - and during the night the incredible Giant Telescope with a 1,07m (42 inch) mirror.

An additional highlight is the all-new ultra-thin 33" Dob manufactured by Kai Kretzschmar, a real tidbit :-)

Beside this, there will be more innovations to gaze at...

Waldemar Kammrath - presents
lunar rock through the scanning electron microscope

Sep/26th, 7:45 pm
Tim Puckett - the world-famous supernovae-hunter from Georgia, USA - visits HTT for the first time! He will speak about his astronomical projects. A real highlight and Tim is at HTT for 3 days! More infos about Tim:
Puckett Oberservatory - article on Wikipedia
www.cometwatch.com - Puckett Oberservatory (Website)

HTT-Skyguide live

Traditional Astrophoto evening on saturday
Some astronomers only know a really good dark sky from the southern hemisphere - and has some problems of orientation, first experiencing dusk @ HTT... ;-) - and hence some years ago the idea of the SkyGuide-brochure was born (with observation-tips und sky-charts). Uwe Pilz and Robert Zebahl (head of the group "Deep sky") perform a live-moderation under the starry sky,

at Fr., Sep/26th., from 9:30 pm
at So., Sep/28th., from 0:30 am.

Sep/27th., 7:00 pm
Olaf Hofschulz
he speaks about his work on board of SOFIA - a stratospheric scope operated by NASA and DLR.

Sep/27th., 8:00 pm
Wolfgang Lille -
the solar-specialist presents novel observation-technique as well as his actual photos from our home star at different wavelengths.

Das Skypole-System
Astronomy-exhibition under the sky

Workshops  + product-presentations
Sat. Sep/27th, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Wolfgang Lille - solar observation technique
APM Telescopes - Markus Ludes
Teleskop-Shop-Ost - Hans-Jürgen Becher
Apogee Imaging Systems - Tim Puckett (USA)
Astroleuchten.de - Ulrich Heininger
Kunstschätzeverlag - Winfried Berberich
Astro Optik Martini - Dieter Martini
Martin Birkmaier could not attend this year, but he will support us with HTT-astrophoto competition :-)

A big thanx to all sponsors!!!

More additions / changes


HTT was and currently is a party from astronomers for astronomers - reflected by - amongst others - cheap entrance fee and the organizational conception. Exchange of experience in the form of workshops is a fix item on the agenda.  Following the workshop-plan:

Th. Sep/25th, 3:00 pm Daniel Arndt / Dr. Peter Kroll:
           Presentation of Skypole - unfortunately not in this
           year (possibly 2015)
Fr. Sep/26th,  2:00 pm Uwe Pilz: Collimation of Newton-
Fr. Sep/26th,  4:00 pm Martin Fiedler  Tips and Tricks
           processing planetary videos with AutoStakkert and
           WinJUPOS (Derotation).
Sa. Sep/27th, 2:00 pm Thomas Heising grinding of
           telescopic mirrors

A brilliant night sky ...

The band of the Milky Way ...
.... is waiting for you!   If the condition of the atmosphere is good (dry and free of dust) you can see a bridge of Zodiacal light covering the complete sky. This picture is the first, which shows this phenomena token from Low land conditions. Even after long research in the internet you won't find a better picture token from the Northern Hemisphere [look here].
Of course, you'd probably find better places for sky observation, but the difficulty to get a better picture then this shows the good quality of the sky here in Jesnigk:
Very impressive are photos of astronomy friends: were made here on the 12th HTT 18-19 mag Quasars with an 2,5 inch refractor + 55 minutes exposure time !!
On the 13th HTT (2012) superb photographs were made by René Merting. Please look at the image of Orion which stood only half of its maximal horizontal distance.

... is completely observable in one night !!  Our visitors are invited to a Milky Way-Marathon of the objects in Sagittarius on the evening southern horizon until to the Winter -Milky Way (Orion and unicorn) on the morning sky!   On the brilliant sky of southern Brandenburg while also demanding observation targets are recommended...

For several years can be obtained in our HTT Astro Contest prices for good, here resulting astronomical photographs, drawings and observation reports.  O f course are published the working results of our visitors on this site - so are in the last few years impressive HTT astro photo galleries emerged,
for example, in the years:
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

We look forward to the HTT Astro Photos 2014...

The H-alpha-Bar

Observations in the observatory
From 9:00 in the morning to 02:00 am in the night you can take a break at the "H-alpha-Bar" to eat, drink and talk with other astronomers. At this bar of astronomers you may get coffee, tea, vine, fresh beer and grilled specialities. Let?s look forward to funny and interesting evenings at the ?H-alpha-Bar? with an astronomical atmosphere and good beer garden weather.

Another highlight of the HTT is the usage of the professional ELSTERLAND-OBSERVATORY, which was build up by the club without any help of public finances.  The AstroTeam Elbe-Elster e.V. built the Observatory, only with the help of private sponsors and club-members craftsmanship!

You can visit the Observatory during the times below:

Friday:       1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (sun observation)
Saturday:   9:00 pm - 1:00 am .

Catering from 9:oo am till after midnight

Beach-Volleyball turnament
Every day at the ?HTT? begins really relaxed - if you want with a good breakfast.For just 5,-- € (children 2,-- ?) you can get a good breakfast with tasty coffee, bread, ham, cheese, eggs, jam or whatever you want... you can eat and drink until you?re full... The big breakfast and eating it outside at sunshine is a nice tradition. Many thanks to Petra and Roger Franke for the good HTT-catering!

At the sun beach of HTT :-) 
Like every year there will be a volleyball competition. In the last year the professional team "JESSNIGK BULLS" won before the also great playing Czech boys.
Let's see who wins the competition in 2014 ...
... and if there are no self-destructive referee ;) :-)

In the last 2 years cold stormy wind prevented the tournament, however this year weather-god promised optimal weather, in terms of astronomy and sport :-)
Many thanks to everybody, who helped us to make our event to a great one.   The Herzberger Teleskoptreffen is a great meeting of astronomers for astronomers. We?d also like to thank the helpers of the region.  Its a team-work, which you can also feel on the observation places....

At last we wish to send greetings to the entire HTT enthusiast in Germany and the other countries. We wish you a pleasant journey to us. Please drive carefully and take notice of the "expansive camera" equipment at the borders of the road ;-) ... We are awaiting you and look forward to meet you (again) !

Here you get to the HTT preview pages from past years:   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013                  
Finally an overview of the HTT-galleries of past years - and the building of our new OBSERVATORY - have fun click next:

HTT daylight images 2013
-------------------------------------------- HTT Gallery 2012
HTT Gallery 2011
HTT Gallery 2010
HTT Gallery 2009
HTT Gallery 2008
HTT Gallery 2007
HTT Gallery 2006

HTT nocturnal impressions 2013
-------------------------------------------- HTT nights 2012
HTT nights 2011
HTT nights 2010
HTT nights 2009
HTT nights 2008
HTT nights 2007
HTT nights 2006

HTT astro photos 2013
-------------------------------------------- HTT astro photos 2012
HTT astro photos 2011
HTT astro photos 2010
HTT astro photos 2009
HTT astro photos 2008
HTT astro photos 2007
HTT astro photos 2006

From concept to reality:  

-------------------------------------------- Our observatory-project... and
the construction-process at and in the observatory since 2009.  

Integrated is a Weather and SQM-station - see also our presentation at the 6. RBT.

HTT aerial images
HTT evening moods
Milchstraße auf la Palma  © Ralf Hofner
Events + astro-expeditions
 Milchstraße über HTT-Wiese © Ralf Hofner
our new moon parties ATS
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