In 2003 I received a great
honour. The minor planet 11001 got my name by the IAU. Initiated was this by
the discoverer of this minor planet, Hans-Emil Schuster, who lives as
retired astronomer here in Hamburg. He stated to appreciate my work for amateur
astronomy this way.
This minor planet is a really dim one and can only be spotted through a telescope. During my last visit at the Kirchheim Observatory near Arnstadt I shot a picture of "my" minor planet. This picture was exposed twice and so the minor planet can be seen as a "double star". Both pictures are exposed 60 seconds, paused by a 5 minutes time span. The picture was taken with the SBIG ST-8 through the 500 mm Newton telescope.