STARMUS & Tenerife Report 2014.

 SEPTEMBER 25th -- OCTOBER 1st, 2014

Milkyway from my room in the Abama hotel, Tenerife.

I was invited to give three talks as the STARMUS astronomy and space festival held on Tenerife in September 2014. I arrived about half way through the week and stayed at the Abama Hotel on the west coast near Los Gigantes. The first night i arrived i got to see Brian May and Rick Wakeman in concert as part of the festival. Following the first few days at sea level we then transferred to the Observatorio de Izana up on Teide at 2300m altitude to conduct an astrophotography school where i would be giving talks and advising attendees during the night time practical sessions.

It was also a great opportunity for me to once again enjoy the amazing views of the night sky from this excellent high altitude location. Some superb views were had of the night sky, including rare sights such as the Zodiacal Light and Gegenschien. We were also able to tour the observatory site and visit some of the telescopes, as well as taking time to tour parts of the amazing Teide national park.

Having visited and lived on Tenerife it was great to visit the island again - my first visit back there in a decade. The Teide national park is among the most spectacular places i have visited and the superb conditions made for some memorable views of the night sky.

Damian Peach, Dec 2014.


Timelapse movie from the observatory


Zodiacal Light with Milkyway on October 1st


Zodiacal Light with Jupiter on September 28th


Sunset over El Teide


Sunrise over El Teide from the observatory


Sunset shadow of El Teide looking eastward from the observatory


Sunset over the observatory domes


First light over El Teide seen from the observatory


Sunset over La Gomera from the Abama Hotel


Scorpius & Mars at sundown


View from the observatory across the Orotava valley and El Teide


Orion from Teide Observatory


Milkyway from Abama Hotel


Dawn from Teide Observatory


Gegenschein from Teide Observatory


Sunset over Teide domes


Sunset over the Bradford Robotic Telescope


Astrophotography School at the observatory


Brian May and Rick Wakeman in concert


Our group enjoying spectacular view from the Teide Observatory


 

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