Super Moon March 2019

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Observing the super moon with our pet rooster

We’ve observed last night’s super moon using a 4-inch f/9 telescope. While it is true that the moon will be closer to Earth during a super moon, the difference in size and brightness compared to a non-super moon is so small and so subtle that it will be very difficult to detect such an almost negligible difference, even for amateur astronomers who regularly observe the moon, and use astronomical equipment such as a telescope.

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Night Sky in Focus
Astronomy and Amateur Radio
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Milky Way in Bolinao (March 2018)

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

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Total Lunar Eclipse (January 31, 2018)

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Total Lunar Eclipse taken with a 4-inch f/9 refractor and a DSLR camera on January 31, 2018 at the PAGASA Observatory in UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Stargazing in Antipolo

As you move away from a city, the glaring lights that cause light pollution are greatly diminished, allowing one to see fainter stars. In recent years, Antipolo has been of a particular interest to astronomy enthusiasts, perhaps this is due to its relatively dark skies and short travel distance from Manila. A popular destination is Seven Suites Hotel Observatory, which opened in 1998. This hotel allows you to conduct stargazing sessions in the comforts of a hotel. Another popular site is intended for the outdoor type who wants to setup tents in a camp site–the Big Handy’s Grounds.

For about 7 years now, me and my colleagues–a rather tight group (less than ten people) have been taking astronomical photos from a less known but equally capable site in Antipolo. It has become our favorite observing site because it is safe, it has power (for our laptops, telescopes, and cameras), there are facilities that we can use, and of course, we can arrange exclusive access to the place.

Basically, any place in Antipolo, be it a resort, a campsite, or a full-fledged hotel, should offer skies dark enough for visual and astronomical photography work. If you are into astronomy, find a spot there and start observing!

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Saturn (May 8, 2016)

Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. The gap between the rings of Saturn (called the Cassini Division), is visible in this photo.

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Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016. Image captured through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. Processed using AutoStakkert and Registax. For more images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano.

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Mars (May 5, 2016)

Photo of Mars taken on May 5, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and an SPC900NC/00 web camera. The polar ice cap, the dark and the bright areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in the photo.

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The polar ice cap, the light and dark areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in this photo. For more images of planets, click here.

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AR 2529 Sunspot Group (April 16, 2016)

Images of the active region (AR) 2529 sunspot group on April 16, 2016, taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter.

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Image of the active region (AR) 2529 sunspot group on April 16, 2016. This image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter, Canon 1100D DSLR, 1/4000 sec exp, IS0 100. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Milky Way from Antipolo, Ph (March 2014)

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Milky Way taken with a DSLR camera on a tracking mount

Image of the Milky Way galaxy taken with a DSLR camera on a tracking mount. Canon 450D DSLR camera, 50 mm f/1.8 lens, 39 second exposure, ISO 1600, March 30, 2014 at Boso-boso, Antipolo, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For an archive of my Milky Way photos, click here.

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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 (January 2015)

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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 taken on January 15, 2015 using a 4-inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR in Antipolo, Philippines. The photo was a stack of 12 images, with each one exposed for 60 seconds at ISO 1600, processed using Deep-Sky Stacker. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of comets, click here.

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Jupiter (March 12, 2016)

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Photo of Jupiter taken on March 12, 2016, through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Canon 1100D DSLR (in video mode). Jupiter’s cloud bands and the Great Red Spot are visible in this photo. For other images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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