|My wife and me stayed at the guest farm Hakos, situated 120 km southwest from Windhoek in a mountainous area near the Gamsberg Pass at 1800m elevation.|
|The team managing the farm from left to rigth: Walter, his daughter Waltraud and her husband Friedhelm. They assure a very warm and personal atmosphere for the guests. Friedhelm is experienced with all the problems amateur astronomers may have.|
|Close to the farm there is the IAS observatory housing a C14 and a 18" Bath astrograph on 2 heavy mounts with roll-off roofs.|
|The Hakos observatory with roll-off roof (in the back) houses a C8 and a 5" refractor on a heavy Zeiss mount. Beside it there is a platform with 2 steel piers that can be rented to carry any personal equipment. The wind shields (mesh) are very effective and allow imaging even under heavy wind.|
Here you see my setup with the AP400 from Michael Karrer, carrying the 4" TMB and the STL-11000, now coupled to the 200mm Canon lens. The combo proved well even during heavy wind conditions.
During the night the temperatures fell down to chilling 3-10 C.
|In the free time we enjoyed very much the impressive scenery, the friendly environment, delicious meals and warm coffee and tea throughout the night.|
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