This site aims to provide useful information on astrophotography-related topics, visual observations, and equipment modification for fellow astronomy and science enthusiasts by providing pertinent information on upcoming celestial events, planned astronomical observations with fellow amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, guides on how to maximize the use of available equipment through do-it-yourself projects, tutorials for beginners on how to get started with this fascinating hobby, and anything and everything related to astronomy.
The main highlight of this site are the photos of sky-targets within reach of my 4-inch, 900 mm f/9 refracting telescope. Most of my imaging attempts are conducted in the vicinity of Manila, Quezon City, Rizal, Caliraya, Cavite, Bataan, and Camarines Norte. Planets, galaxies, nebula, star clusters, the Sun, and the moon are the usual targets as they are visible in most parts of the year. On rare instances, satellites orbiting the Earth are also photographed, occasional comet appearances, asteroids’ closest approach, and sometimes supernova explosions. Eclipses and other astronomical phenomena are also documented whenever possible.
I have been an active amateur astronomer since 2002, and with the countless sky-targets to visit with my telescope, I believe I have not seen half of what my equipment is capable of. I have started with astrophotography in 2005, and later been involved in amateur telescope-making and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. In 2006 to 2007, I became the Over-all Coordinator (President) of the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc) in UP Diliman. Aside from astronomy, my areas of interest include electronics and basic robotics (my secondary hobbies), which I occasionally post as well in this site. I’m a secondary school Science Teacher by profession (Physical Sciences), and at the moment, pursuing a masters degree in General Science in UP Diliman. In the future, I intend to build and design my own observatory.
This astrophotography blog features a never-ending quest to capture the deepest of the astronomical objects, in my humble attempts to explore the wonders of the night sky!
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