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SSTV October 29, 2018, 241 am 4G1AWN

SSTV image received and decoded from the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes over the Philippines on October 29, 2018, around 2:41 local time

The International Space Station (ISS) has been transmitting images since October 28 and will continue to do so in the next few days. It transmits in SSTV format—the same format used to send images to Earth during the Apollo missions. The transmissions can be received with any radio tuned at 145.8 MHz, and a decoder app such as Robot 36 (try installing that app and decode this recording).

To learn more about receiving SSTV images from the ISS, click here.
© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Lunar Eclipse on July 28, 2018

In the Philippines, eclipse maximum will occur at 4:21 am on July 28, 2018

The moon will turn red on July 28, 2018, visible from 3:30 am to 5:13 am in the Philippines. The best time to view the moon will be at 4:21 am when the moon is at its deepest red hue. No special equipment is required to view the eclipse, although binoculars used for birding and other outdoor activities will greatly improve the viewing experience.

The eclipse will be visible in most parts of Africa (9:30 pm to 11:13 pm on July 27) and Asia (midnight of July 27 to early morning of July 28). Only the end part of the eclipse will be visible in Southern America from 5 pm to 8 pm on July 27 (one side of the moon will turn dark, but will not turn red).

To find out the exact time of the eclipse in your location, checkout this interactive eclipse map here.

To receive updates on upcoming astronomical events, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

In the previous post, I have mentioned that I am currently engaged in amateur radio activities, particularly, satellite communications. At the moment, I am only receiving transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS). Shown below is the gear I use to send and receive SSTV images.

Equipment for Sending and Receiving SSTV Images

  • Transmitter (Motorola CP1660) + DIY connector (smart phone’s line out to transmitter’s microphone in) + encoder (smart phone with SSTV Encoder app)
  • Receiver (Motorola CP1660) + DIY connector (transmitter’s line out to smart phone’s microphone in) + decoder (smart phone with Robot 36 app)
SSTV RX TX

Equipment for sending and receiving SSTV images

For more info about amateur radio in the field of astronomy, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Through amateur radio, you can engage in various activities such as receiving images from the ISS, use various satellites as relay stations, bounce a signal off the moon, or talk to the astronauts on the ISS (as it orbits 400 kilometers above)!

SSTV
Received image from the ISS, while I was on a parking lot with a radio receiver

To learn more about amateur radio in astronomy (do not confuse it with radio astronomy, it is a different field), click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Bolinao-Baguio (10)

Milky Way galaxy from Bolinao, Pangasinan, taken on March 17, 2018, with a DSLR on a tripod.

For an archive of my Milky Way photos, click here.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
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My total lunar eclipse observation was featured and aired in three local TV channels—Unang Balita GMA 7, GMA News TV Channel 11, and CNN Philippines.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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