Impressions from trip to Japan

Here come the long-awaited pictures, panoramas and movies from our three-week trip to Japan in March and April this year. We travelled from Tokyo via Kyōto and Hiroshima to Kagoshima and spent the last days on the remote island of Yakushima. In each area we visited many of the local attractions and collected interesting and […]

Desierto Florido 2017

After the heavy rains this winter in the North of Chile an extraordinary blossoming of the Atacama Desert could be expected. A quick two-day trip to the region between Huasco and Totoral early August confirmed that the “Desierto Florido” had already started and that this would probably become the most spectacular event of the last ten […]

Visit to W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawai‘i

A few pictures from a visit to the Big Island of Hawai‘i and the W. M. Keck Observatory in June this year. My colleagues from Keck Observatory had invited me to serve on a review of Keck operations as review board member. The review primarily took place at Keck Headquarters in Waimea. But the agenda […]

Happy New Year 2017

We wish you all the best for a Happy New Year! We spent the time between the years with another trip to the Atacama Desert, this time visiting ESO‘s La Silla, Paranal, and APEX Observatories. In-between we enjoyed whale watching from Chañaral de Aceituno and the Laguna Santa Rosa, the Salar de Maricunga, the Laguna […]

Roundtrip through the Scottish Highlands

This picture gallery is a selection of pictures from a ten-day and 1450-miles roundtrip through northern Scotland starting and ending in Edinburgh. The SPIE conference on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation was held in Edinburgh this year – a can’t miss opportunity for us to visit Scotland for the first time. After the week of the conference in the City we rented a […]

Tour through the Atacama Desert

This picture gallery is a selection of pictures from a five-day tour through the chilean Atacama Desert with the geologist Professor Guillermo Chong from the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta. In the week after Easter our small group of six people in three 4×4 cars headed north from Antofagasta to explore the Chilean Atacama Desert. Focus of the […]

New Pictures from Aysén Patagonia

This picture gallery is a selection from our ten-day trip to the Aysén region of the Northern Chilean Patagonia between Christmas and New Year. Taking the overnight ferry from Puerto Montt to Chaitén allowed us to drive down the Carretera Austral until Puerto Puyuhuapy on the same day. After visiting the Queulat National Park including its Hanging Glacier and […]

A&A Forest Located

During our recent trip to Patagonia we have located our A&A Forest in the Cerro Castillo National Reserve. On the picture you can see the mountain range where our lenga trees (Nothofagus pumilio) will be planted as part of the Reforest Patagonia campaign. The approximate location of our forest is indicated, too. For more info […]