All my Astro-Locations
Ebenwald-Hütte. The observation point is located at a height of approx. 1020m and is easy to reach via a public road that is also accessible in winter. This place is relatively dark because very little light comes through from the direction of St. Pölten. There is very good visibility to the north, east and south, even for deeper objects. To the west there are obstructions due to tall trees. But if you know the location somewhat and choose the objects and the place strategically, astrophotography works very well in every direction. Lower lying objects also go to the south and east. It is important to pay attention to the meadow barriers installed by the farmers!
Geschriebenstein. The observation point is located at an altitude of approx. 805m and can be reached all year round via a federal road. The large parking lot slopes slightly to the south and there are trees all around that also provide good wind protection. There is no light pollution from the surrounding areas. Since the parking lot is on a not very busy federal road, cars sometimes drive past in the south. But I've never had bad photos there because of the light.
I really like to go to this observation site because it offers the best opportunity for observation when bad weather comes from the west or is already there.
Steyersberger-Schwaig. This observation point is located at an altitude of approx. 1400m and is easily accessible all year round. In winter there is skiing there during the day. The parking lot, which extends from the south to Norgen, offers many strategic construction options. The car park is surrounded by rising terrain and forest. Deep objects like the M42 are of course possible if you strategically move a little further north, e.g. B. sets up. The furthest downward view is possible to the east. The wind there usually blows from SW – W – WN, and therefore wind protection is an issue.
Local light pollution is to be expected in winter season. (as of January 2024)
Fuscher-Törl. The observation point is located at an altitude of approx. 2400m and is a large car park which can be easily reached via the Großglockner Hochalpenstrasse (toll!) in the season from around May to the end of October. The exact and actual opening times of the street are on the Homepage of the Großglockner Hochalpenstrasse to explore BEFORE !! In bad weather and snow, winter tires and snow chains are required. Or the High Alpine Road will be temporarily closed.
The northern part of the parking lot is very suitable for setting up astro equipment.
There are a lot of cars and tourists in this parking lot during the day. At night it is usually empty because there is a ban on driving at night!
Depending on the weather conditions, the seeing is usually very good and there is no light pollution. When the weather is nice, there is usually almost no wind at night. But that can change suddenly and depending on the weather!
Predictive weather knowledge is very important and in demand here!
The astro equipment should be dismantled after use and stored safely!!