The family Wolfartsberger in Steyr is a traditional citizen family. Since many generations the family has been living in the city and the origin goes back to the 17th century. South of the city there is the "Wohlfahrtsberg", even to be found on google maps and in the general map of Austria. Here you can find a small lane on the hills near St.Ulrich called the "Wohlfahrtsbergweg" where our ancesters are told to come from . . . . . . .
Already in the middle of the 19th century our ancester Peter Wohlfahrtsberger (*born 1802) and his wife were running an inn named 'Zum Grünen Kranz' in house No 4 at 'Grünmarkt' in Steyr. Approximately 1870 their son Johann Wolfartsberger (*born 1840) and his wife Anna (*born 1843) girl's name Haselroithner from Wels (photo right above) start an iron and steel trading. 1876 they bought the 'Redtenbacher- or Madlsederhaus' house close to the 'Marienkirche' (ex 'Dominicanerkirche') and stop the shop in the house 'Grünmarkt No 4. The second picture on the right hand side shows an ancient picture of the house at Stadtplatz No 39 by F. Kulstrunk. The third picture on the right shows the family Johann and Anna Wolfartsberger at 1904 together with the six children (f.l.t.r. Josef, Johann sen, Anton, Theres, Auguste, Johann jun behind, Mitzi and Anna sen). The last picture on the right shows an inscription label of house No 39, which even today shows the ancient times.
The two sons Johann and Josef Wolfartsberger run the iron and steel trading shop until the 1950ties. After their deaths the house was sold to F. P. Hofer in 1954, who runs another shop of same style at Stadtplatz already. The rest of the family changed to Neuschönau.
Son Johann and his wife Berta had two children: Maria (*born 1904) and Otto (*born 1906); Maria was married to Franz Wagner, no kids. Otto was married 1943 to mistress teacher Anna Patreider from Linz. After second world war both changed back to Steyr. Otto was schoolmaster and principal of Handelsschule in Steyr and from 1961 also from Handelsakademie until 1971, when he retired. He counts as founder of Handelsakademie in Steyr. Anna and Otto had four kids.
Pictures above left: Johann and Berta Wolfartsberger born name Stippl approx. 1900
Middle: Maria and Otto as children in wintertime around 1915 / 1916
Right: Hofrat Dkfm. Otto Wolfartsberger, principal of Handesakademie in Steyr approx. 1980.
Kurt was born in Freistadt, Upper Austria. After grammer and high school he studied at Technical University in Vienna and finished as a mechanical engineer (Dipl.-Ing.). Kurt has gained 40 years of experience for hydropower plants, at least with ANDRITZ HYDRO in Linz as department manager for technical offers worldwide. He visited many countries - like China, India, USA, Canada and many other countries in Asia and South America. Since February 1st, 2010 he is retired; additional three years he worked for his own company as a consultant for hydropower HydroPowerConsulting (HPC). From May 2013 on the office is officially closed.
Kurt is hobbyastronomer and he likes sailing in summer and skiing in winter in the Austrian Alps. - Our house in Steyr needs many helping hands and there is always something to do. He loves any kind of music, classic like Bruckner and Wagner or 'modern' especially guitar music. Sometimes he plays the piano as well. He works a lot on computer and iPad frequently.
Kurt has relatives in other countries like:
- in Canada: Mary in Toronto, Mississauga - Anita had visited her in summer 2001 for two months and Mary's daughter Mary-Catherine has visited Steyr in May 2002 together with Myles
- in Australia: Christa (cousin) and her family in Brisbane,
- in USA: Ilse (cousin) and Bob in Rochester, New York.
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Martha was born in Vienna and grown up in the city. She finished the school for medicine laboratory diagnostics in Vienna ans started to work in the Vienna General Hospital - she joined other Medicine Laboratories in Vienna and in Linz during her professional job life. After her marriage she had two children (Anita and Sonja) and had to look after them.
Her mother Elisabeth Oppel lived in Rechnitz in Burgenland, close to the Hungarian border. Rechnitz is a wine growing region in the southern part of Burgenland ..... so called 'Weinidylle'.
Today Martha is busy in the household and garden, and takes care of the family's health too. She likes swimming, hiking, skiing and cooking.
Martha has relatives in the USA, in Benton Harbour near to Chicago and Martha, Anita and Sonja had visited them in summer 2001 there. - Martha has also relatives from her fathers side from 'Waldviertel' - Günther Oppel and his family - they emigrated to Canada. Here a photo of Günthers farmhouse.
Anita was born in Steyr. She has finished Higschool in Steyr with excellent results. Then she started her studies for Germanistics & Anglistics at the Vienna University and she had performed a year in London at the University College to improve her English. Her diploma thesis was about the cabaret 'Wiener Werkel' during the Second World War in Vienna and she finished her studies with an excellent result of her masters degree' examen. The doctor degree in English followed afterwards. - Anita's favourites are arts and any kind of cabaret, especially Alfred Dorfer, Guenther Paal, Roland Dueringer and Josef Hader . . . . . and she is in fond of the actor James Dean. She likes reading books and musics and in winter she is skiing and skitouring, in summer hiking in the mountains.
Sonja was born in Steyr and she has finished Highschool successfully. She finished her studies 'Land surveying and Geoinformation' at the Vienna University of Technology with the second examen (Dipl.-Ing.) - She likes cooking, musics and taking photographs, swimming, sailing, walking in summer ... and skiing and skating in wintertime.
Steyr is in Upper Austria, the city center is nearby the confluence of the rivers Enns and Steyr you can see on the photo. The city is also very old and traditional. It was founded in 980 A.D. so the city is more than 1,000 years old. Today there are approx. 38,000 inhabitants living in Steyr and it's an industrial city famous for the "Steyr-Trucks" company (today MAN), gears for Magna, SKF roller bearings and the BMW car engine production works. On the pictures above you can see the castle of Lamberg, the former "Styraburg", the confluence of Enns and Steyr rivers and the Saint Michaels church. There is a change ongoing since the 'Fachhochschule' is bringing many younger people and students to the city.
Our house is located in the southern part of the city, nearby the river Enns and close to the monestery of Garsten, one of the most beautiful places in Austria with a church of the Barock style and stuckart by Giovanni Carlone. Close to Steyr you can also find the small village of 'Christkindl' with its famous church and mail office, many letters will be sent every year to the whole world via Christkindl.
Pictures above from left: The church St. Michael, Buergespital as well as the castle of Lamberg at confluence of rivers Enns and Steyr (copyright M. Glaser) - The city arms of Steyr - The church in Garsten - The church in Christkindl / Steyr
Lake Attersee is located in a very beautiful landscape between Linz and Salzburg, the so called "Salzkammergut". Surrounded by other lakes like "Traunsee", "Mondsee" and "Zellersee" lake Attersee is the largest and the most beautiful as some people say. The mountains of the "Hoellengebirge" and "Schafberg" form the Alpin center of this region. We often like to stay in this nice area in summer when the weather is fine for swimming, sailing, surfing and fishing. On the mountains you can walk some exciting hiking tours in the"Hoellengebirge" or on the "Schafberg". The picture above shows lake Attersee seen from the Schafberg peak Panomax panoramic camera. The second picture on the right shows the village of Attersee taken from the lakeside. On the picture is also the 'Kielzugvogel', which has transferred to Lake 'Traunsee' in between. The third photo shows our 'Surprise' in the Marina Gebetsroither in Unterbuchberg.
Lake Attersee is famous for good and stabil winds for sailing. The 'Rosenwind' - coming from North-Eastern side - is the classic 'Good weather wind' and has many fans for sailing in Austria. Therefore many sailing races take place here on lake Attersee.
Trip to Waldviertel, July 5th til 10th, 2021
July 5th til 10th, 2021 we made a trip to Waldviertel to visit our relatives. WE took our bikes with us to make short trips to the sorrounding areas. Two times we visited Czechia - first Hurky former 'Adamsfreiheit', and second the area of Neubistritz (Nova Bystrica) and the region arround. THursday July 8th there was a big meeting in Grametten. We stayed at 'Gasthof Malzer' in Hirschenschlag. The photo left shows a great blooming poppy field nearby Ottenschlag. Saturday morning we returned to Steyr.
View to the Universe, June 4th, 2021
June 4th, 2021 succeed to view to the distant universe. Telescope: APO ED80-600 mm mounted on SkyWatcher EPM35 - camera SONY alpha58 in mainfocus. - The picture shows the socalled 'LEO-Triplet', three distant galaxies in the constellation LEO - M65, M66 and NGC3628. The photo was stacked from more single pictures a single with exposure tome of 30 to 40 sec with ISO 800, total exposure time around 600 sec. The three galaxies form a group in a distance from earth of approx. 35 millions lightyears with an age of more than 13 billions years. Magnitude 9 to 10 mag, diameter 100,000 Lys. - July 12th, 2021 I had the chance to catch the globular star cluster M3 in the constellation canes venatici; the distance to earth is some 40,000 Lys - it is therefore part of our galaxy (milky way) - it contains approx. half a million of stars and the diameter is some 90 Lys. The apparent magnitude is 6,2 - therefore cannot be seen with the naked eye. Seven single photos taken with 30 sec exposure time, which results in a total time of 210 sec.
'Messier'-trip in constallations 'Taurus-Auriga-Cancer-Perseus' on April 11th, 2021
April 11th, 2021 clear sky developed in Steyr when the sun sets and there was a good chance for astro photos because the moon was invisible. I have used my refractor telescope ED 80-600 mm on the Skywatcher EPM35-mounting together with SONY alpha58 in main focus. After adjusting the mounting (with 2-stars methode) the first catch was M45 (Plejades) in constallation Taurus, even during dawn period (blue background) photo left hand side. Continued by the open star clusters M38 with NGC 1907 and M36, M37 and M35 with NGC 2158 right below M35, a side step to the nebula M1, a Supernova remnant from 1000 years ago, M44 in constallation 'Cancer' and Open Twin star cluster h and chi in 'Perseus' (also NGC 884 and NGC 869), where a small meteor or satelite joined on the picture. Exposure times always between half a minute and 90 seconds. Finally a photo from the planet 'Mars', travelling his way along the constallations 'Auriga' and 'Taurus'. - Charles Messier was an astronomer who issued his catalogue of more than 110 important objects of the sky all named with Mxx - Messier. NGC stands for New General Catalogue.
Mond and planet Mars form a magic square in constallation 'Taurus' March 18th, 2021
March 18th, 2021 planet Mars, the Plejades (M45), moon and the main star of constallation Taurus Aldebaran in the open star cluster of Hyades form a magic square. Although the weather was very bad I was really lucky when the clouds open up for a short period and i could catch the photos. I used my SONY alpha58 camera on the omegon LX3 mini mounting. Exposure time approx. 1 minute. The moon was rather bright with 24% , so it was not easy to catch the picture. You can also see the way the planet Mars has travelled through the 'Golden door of ecliptic'.
Planet Mars travels through 'Golden door of ecliptic' March 6th, 2021 and following days
Starting beginning of March 2021 the planet Mars is located mearby the Plejades (M45) and passes then the so called 'Golden door of ecliptic' in the constallation of Taurus. For this purpose the planet Mars travels between the two open star clusters of Hyades including the main star of Taurus Aldebaran (a red giant star) and the Plejades. Aldebaran (distance from earth 67 light years) has 1.16 times the mass of the sun, but his diameter is more than 45 times that of our sun and the illuminating power is 150 times that of the sun. On the photo left side you can see the red color light of planet Mars (called the 'red planet') in comparison to the stars of the Plejades, which are relative younger stars and shining white. The distance of Plejades open star cluster is approx. 1,350 light years, the Hyades's distance - also an open star cluster - is 151 light years. All pictures made by SONY alpha58, on mounting SkyWatcher EPM35. Exposure times approx. 3 minutes.
Mars in the 'Golden door' --- photo Mars on March 8th --- photo Mars on March 10th --- photo Mars on March 12th
Astro - photos from February 22nd til 26th, 2021
From February 22nd til 26th, 2021 there was excellent weather conditions with clear sky a good opportunity for astro photos. One disadvantage was the strong moonlight, avoiding longer exposure times. The sun spots were rather small and not special, the sun is not very active now. But the open star cluster M 45 the Plejades and the great Orion nebula M 42 were a good target. I heve used both SONY cameras alpha A 100 and alpha 58, as well as the camera mounting omegon LX3 for the tele lens tamron 250 mm. The refractor telescope ED 80-600 mm, the Maksutov MC 100-1000 mm and the reflector telescope RCC 203-1624 mm on SkyWatcher EPM 35 mounting were used.
Astro photos February 2021
Earth light photo of the moon February 14th, and two more photos from February 18th, 2021
On February 14th, 2021 and cold temperature of - 5 degree Celsius I made of photo of the waxing moon 8 % with tamron tele 250 mm and camera SONY alpha58 mount omegon LX3 lunar array drive. Exposure time 0.8 sec. The dark side of the moon becomes some reflection light from the earth.
Two more photos taken with refractor AD80/600 on EPM35 mount show the moon 40 % waxing (1/800 sec) and the Orion nebula M42 (exposure time 2 minutes) both with camera SONY alpha58 in the main focus.
Moon waxing 40 % and M42 Orion nebula
Sun spots picture December 27th, 2020
December 27th, 2020 a sun spots picture was taken using a AP80/600 mm refractor telescope. Picture data camera Sony alpha 58 in main focus - exposure time 1/1000 sec. A metal folie was used as a filter. The air was rather unsteady.
Great conjunction - Jupiter and Saturn at December 21st, 2020
Monday December 21st, 2020 17 h MET: my first sight to Gahberg was disappointing, all cloudy and had doubt that we can see anything today. But than the clouds open up at the southwest. I think the pictures say everything. The telescope photo (left) I have downloaded from a livestream from Cosmosapiens - located on the Canary Islands.Trio Dec 21st, 2020
'Great conjunction' - Jupiter and Saturn meet in December 2020
In December 2020 the two large planets Jupiter and Saturn meet very close for a 'Large conjunction' , of course seen from earth only. The two planets have different periods of revolution around sun - thats why this will repeat every 20 years aprox. But so close (only six minutes of arc = one fifth the size of the moon) they meet very seldom. Here a scetch of the orbits of the planets (© NASA APOD). On my photos from December 5th and 7th, 2020 the planets are not so close. Planet Jupiter shows his large moons - right hand side on the photo. Both pictures taken with SONY alpha 58 tele tamron 250 mm and auto tracked by EPM 35. Exposure times is 20 and 10 sec respectively. The pictures from December 14th and 18th, 2020 were taken from a webcam on Gahberg, because it was fogy in Steyr.photo Dec 7th - webcam Dec 14th - webcam Dec 18th
Sunspots on December 2nd, 2020
Am 2. Dezember ist mir ein Foto der Sonne mit der neuen astrocam von Altair GPC 130 C BASIC gelungen. Nach Jahren der Inaktivität der Sonne im Minimum gibt es nun wieder Sonnenflecken - Gebiete mit ca. 1000 bis 1500 grad Kelvin niedrigerer Oberflächentemperatur. Die Camera war auf einem kosmos 50 / 500 mm Linsenfernrohr und auf der sky watcher EQM 35 PRO montiert. Belichtungszeit ca 5 ms. Es wurde ein Metallfolien - Sonnenfilter verwendet. Das Foto wurde aus 3 verschiedenen Aufnahmen zusammengesetzt.
Zum Vergleich eine HD Aufnahme der NASA vom SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory), das im Weltraum auf einem Sateliten positioniert ist (copyright NASA).
Sailing - Euro 2020 - lake Attersee, October 1st, 2020
Am 1. Oktober 2020 waren wir segeln am Attersee und haben dabei die Euro2020 von 49er, 49erFX und Nacra 17 beobachtet. Anbei einige Fotos von den 49erFX und Nacra 17 Regatten, die wir beobachten konnten.
One week in Dresden, August 27th til September 3rd, 2020
Am 27. August 2020 fuhren wir nach Dresden in Sachsen (Karte). Wir besuchten die sächsische Schweiz (Königstein) und fuhren mit dem Dampfschiff zurück nach Dresden. Weiters besuchten wir das Schloss in Pillnitz, die Moritzburg, Meissen mit Dom und Albrechtsburg sowie das Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul. Am 3. September 2020 fuhren wir wieder zurück nach Steyr.
(Das Bild links zeigt das Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul).
Comet Neowise 2020F3, July 19th, 20th and 22nd, 2020
July 19th, 20th and 22nd, 2020 again photos from comet Neowise 2020F3 with Canon EOS and tele lens 250 mm and Sony alpha58 with tamron 250 mm tele lens. As mount I have used my LX3. Exposure times from 30 sec til 2 minutes. Photos shot in Steyr, Neuschönau.
Comet Neowise 2020F3, July 12th, 2020
July 12th, 2020 in Steyr I had the chance to see the comet Neowise 2020F3. Two shots by my Sony alpha58 and the tamron 250 mm lens. At midnight again Jupiter with the four large moons with my MCX 127 and Sony alpha58. Enjoy the pictures.
Full moon and moons of Jupiter, July 5th, 2020
July 5th, 2020 the moon was full again, a shot with Sony alpha58 tamron 250 mm and with telescope MCX 127 /1900 mm planet Jupiter with the large moons Callisto, Io, Ganymed and Europa. Jupiter was located approx five full moon diameters above the moon.
Sailing on lake Attersee, July 4th, 2020
On July 4th, 2020 we spent a day for sailing on lake Attersee. Unfortunately the wind was not very stable always changing in direction and intensity. At the end we had all directions including west and zero. So Martha decided to swim - water temperature 22 degrees Celsius ! At the end we drove up the mountain to 'Migelberg' together with our friends Elfi and Sepp had a nice evening at 'Mostbauern'.
Full moon and planet Venus as a sickle, May 7th, 2020
May 7th, 2020 the full moon and planet Venus were objects for photos. The full moon picture made by Maksutov Cassegrain lens 100 / 1000 mm and planet Venus by Bresser Messier MCX telescope 127 / 1900 mm - Venus already very close to Earth. Both pictures with Sony alpha 58 in main focus.
Planet Venus at the Plejades April 5th, 9th, 2020
April 1st, 2020 at 23:31 MEST - photo of the moon with Bresser Messier MCX telescope 127 / 1900 mm - moon 56 % waxing. The second photo on the right one day later - 67 %. April 5th, 2020 at 20:56 h MEST again a photo of the planet Venus in the open cluster of Plejades. Camera: Sony alpha 58 with tamron 18 - 100 mm, exposure time approx. 40 sec. Another photo of Plejades with Venus - she has made her way up and away from the stars - on April 9th, 2020 21:27 MEST. Camera: Canon EOS with Zoom Lens EF-S 55 - 250 mm, exposure time 55 sec. Both pictures guided by Bresser Messier MCX.
Conjunction Moon - Venus - Plejades, March 28th, 2020
March 28th, 2020 there was a rare constellation shown in the sky: the young moon (four days) meets the planet Venus and open starfield of 'Plejades' in Taurus. The left picture shows the conjuntion at 19:13 h MET short after sunset, but before astronomic dawn (Plejades not be seen). - The second photo taken at 20:25 MET (exposure time approx 10 sec) shows already earth movement (stars no dots but lines); also to be seen is earth's backlight on the dark side of the moon. The Plejades to be seen in the top middle. Camera Sony alpha 58 with tamron 15 - 250 mm.
Forest hiking in Dambachtal, February 22nd, 2020
February 22nd, 2020 we went hiking in the forest in Dambachtal. Mild temperatures and rainfree weather and on top a 'Wiener Schnitzel' at 'Gasthof Weidmann'.
Walking to Cafe 'Drahtzug', February 9th, 2020
It was a Sunday February 9th, 2020 and it was a sunny, springlike day in Steyr. At 9 h 30 we started walking to Cafe 'Drahtzug' in Unterhimmel near Steyr. Poldi joined the team. Here in an old industrial building from the year 1874 we had a brunch in the coffee shop and later on we walked to Christkindl to 'Christkindlhof' were we had coffee. At 15 h 30 after 9 km walk we were home again.
One week in Dresden from November 13th til 20th, 2019
Wednesday November 13th, 2019 we drove to Dresden. We had sightseeing to the old city, the castes on the Elbe river, we visited Panometer with 'Dresden 1945' during WW2, we visited also Stadt Wehlen on the river Elbe and could see many interesting things. November 20th, 2019 we returned to Steyr. The photos above are from left to right: the famous bridge 'The Blue wonder' - the castle on river Elbe - Martha at the 'Zwinger' in the old city of Dresden - the famous opera house of Dresden ('Semperoper') - the rebuild of 'Frauenkirche' - view from the top of 'Frauenkirche' upstream Elbe river (click on the photos to enlarge).
Photos from the left: 'Frauenkirche' - Elbeschloss - Zwinger - Semperoper - 'Blaues Wunder' - View from 'Frauenkirche' - Panometer
Merkurtransit November 11th, 2019
November 11th, 2019 after noontime it was after 2016 again the case of a so called Merkurtransit: planet Merkury is positioned between the sun and earth and can be seen as a small black dot before sun. As Merkury is so small it can be seen by a telescope only; a special filter is necessary as the sun is too bright not to damage the eyes. Compared to 2016, this time the weather was bad and cloudy, no free sight to the sun in Steyr. So you had to observe the case via internet from the observatory on mountain Pico del Teide, Canary Islands. The pictures above are from Solar Scope, Canary Islands and their copyright. On the second picture you can see the the view from Solar Scope and the moon is rising in the background.
'Surprise' lift out of water, October 8th, 2019
October 8th, 2019 we lifted the boat out of the water.
Sailing with Erich, September 10th, 2019
September 10th, 2019 I was sailing with Erich on lake Attersee. We had four Beaufort of wind from the North-East. It was an excellent sailing day.
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Walking on Damberg, June 10th, 2019
Whitmonday we went hiking on Damberg to the look-out tower. On the way back we passed by Laurenzius chapel and had lunch at Schoibers inn.
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Boat splash and first sail, April 24th, 2019
April 24th, 2019 the boat was splashed and the days after in May we had the first sailing tours. We also paid a visit to 'Mostbauer' at Miglberg.
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Skiing at Wurzeralm, March 21st, 2019
March 21st, 2019 we went skiing to Wurzeralm; the weather was excellent.
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With Laura at the animal park in Haag, March 9th, 2019
March 9th, 2019 despite the weather was a little rainy we paid a visit to the animal park in Haag together with Laura.
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New cabaret programme - 'Pathos', premiere February 13th, 2019
Fourth solo programme from Angelika Niedetzky
More info and performance dates for Austria under (german only)
Skiing at Wurzeralm, February 14th and 27th, 2019
February 14th, 2019 we wre skiing at Wurzeralm. Weather was quite sunny and excellent snow conditions (4 meter snow height at the mountain). Temperatures springlike but again cold in the shadow. We had a four hour ticket, 3.600 hm and tried out all slopes, including Frauenkar and Schwarzkogel. A resting stop was at Sonnalm. Poldi joined us.