Observed the Perseids from public observatory Bussloo with Mark-Jaap and Piet. It was not a perfect cloud free night, but the Perseids put on a nice show and we saw some bright meteors and pretty fireballs.
Most of the images from my stay at the Tivoli Southern Sky Guest Farm in Nambia have been sorted, stacked and processed. Enjoy!
After a number of years of use, the mirror of the observatory’s 30 cm (12″) telescope was in need of a thorough cleansing. We used distilled water to soak the surface of the mirror and to get rid of insects, pollen and other dirt. More water was used for a final rinse. The central hole of the mirror shows signs of wear and oxidation, so we probably need to have it recoated in the near future. With a brush we wiped the inside of the tube clean, after which the original matt finish re-appeared.