I started setting up my equipment at around 1 am at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in preparation for the relatively rare lunar occultation involving Jupiter and 4 of its brightest satellites, an event which also coincided with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Fellow astronomy enthusiasts from the UP Astronomical Society and also some walk-in guests were there to observe.
The following video was taken with my timing setup: Canon 450D attached to a Sky-Watcher 100 ED refractor, with the camera’s video output fed onto a video time inserter (IOTA-VTI) and then recorded using a laptop. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in during ingress, thus, I was not able to completely document that part. This video however, shows Jupiter a few minutes before the predicted time that it would ‘disappear’ or ‘hide’ behind the moon.
The sky cleared up a bit during egress, and thus I was able to take a photo and a video of Jupiter as it emerges from behind the moon.
I also took some long-exposure images to reveal Jupiter’s moons.
It was also an opportunity to capture a close-up view of Jupiter, and a beautiful planetary alignment involving Jupiter, the moon, and Venus.
I also tried to image Mercury for the first time! Can you see it? Click on the image to enlarge.
Not much of a show for this year’s Perseids. Only 7 meteors per hour was the local predicted rate. I was only able to count two, but my fellow enthusiasts counted more than a dozen. Here’s a group picture which concluded our observation:
Clear skies everyone!
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)