M33 Triangulum Galaxy

M33 Triangulum Galaxy imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 2 frames at 90 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 3 minutes, processed in IRIS.

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M81 & M82 Galaxy

M81 Bode’s and M82 Cigar Galaxy imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 4 frames at 240 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 16 minutes exposure time, processed in IRIS.

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M27 Dumbbell Nebula

M27 Dumbbell Nebula imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 5 frames at 90 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 7.5 minutes, processed in IRIS.

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Gibbous Moon | April 2021

Waxing gibbous moon imaged with a 4 in f/9 refractor and a Canon 50D DSLR. This photo is a stack of 500 frames, processed in IRIS.

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Flame and Horsehead Nebula

Flame and Horsehead Nebula in the constellation Orion, imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 6 frames at 180 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 18 minutes, processed in IRIS.

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M1 Crab Nebula

M1 Crab Nebula, imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 6 frames at 100 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 10 minutes, processed in SIRIL.

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M42 Orion Nebula

M42 Orion Nebula, imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 10 frames at 360 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 60 minutes, processed in SIRIL.

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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 8 frames at 240 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 32 minutes exposure time, processed in SIRIL.

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Saturn | April 2021

Saturn is now a little bit higher in the early morning sky. While still considerably dimmer than Jupiter, it registers quite well with a web camera. A hint of the ring’s Cassini division and Saturn’s cloud bands are visible in this photo captured with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and an SPC900NC web camera, processed in IRIS.

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Related links:
Web Camera for Imaging Planets
Dash Camera for Imaging Planets

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Mars Occultation | April 2021

The moon is also known to eclipse planets, and one such event involving Mars occurred on April 17, 2021, a relatively rare astronomical event visible in the southern part of the country. I was able to observe and photograph Mars before it was eclipsed or hidden from view by the moon, from Bacoor City, Philippines. Mars’s red hue and some lunar craters are visible in this photo.

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Related link: Lunar Occultation of Jupiter

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Europa’s Shadow Transit | 2021

Europa casts a shadow on Jupiter, imaged on April 17, 2021 at 4:30 am local time (20:30 UTC, April 16) using a 4 in f/9 refractor and an SPC900NC web camera. This photo is a stack of 1000 frames from a 4-minute video of Jupiter, processed in IRIS.

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Related links:
Transit of Callisto
Transit of Io

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ISS | April 2021

International Space Station (ISS) imaged in Bacoor, Cavite, on April 12, 2021, 6:24 pm local time (10:24 UTC), as it orbits at a height of 420 km above the Philippines. The main body, radiator fins, and the solar panels of the satellite are visible in this photo. Image taken with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Polaroid N302 dash camera. To watch a video on how this image was taken, click here.

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Related link: International Space Station | March 2012

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Transit of Callisto | April 2011

Jupiter’s moon Callisto appearing as a dark dot against the bright planet’s disc, was seen transiting Jupiter on April 4, 2021, 5 am local time. Another Jupiter’s moon, Io, the cloud bands, and the great red spot, are also visible in this photo. Very bad seeing conditions made it difficult to capture sharper views of the planet.

Callisto’s transit was captured with a 4 in f/9 refractor and a dash camera, processed in IRIS.

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Related links:
Transit of Io
Transit of Venus

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Saturn Imaged with a Dashcam

Saturn is also now visible in the early morning sky. It is considerably dimmer than Jupiter. A hint of the ring’s Cassini division is visible in this photo.

Saturn imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a dash camera, processed in IRIS.

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Related link: Dash Camera for Imaging Planets

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Jupiter | April 2021

Jupiter is now visible in the early morning sky. It is still low in the horizon making it very difficult to image. Jupiter’s cloud bands are visible in this photo.

Jupiter imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and an SPC900NC web camera, processed in IRIS.

For a complete list of astrophoto images, click here.
Related link: Dash Camera for Imaging Planets

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Earthshine | March 2021

I’ve observed and photographed the moon’s earthshine, in which the crescent moon’s darker surface is illuminated not directly by the Sun, but by sunlight reflected off the Earth.

Moon’s Earthshine | Sky-Watcher 4 in f/9 refractor

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How To Take Photos of the Milky Way

The Milky Way is most prominent in the sky during months of March to May each year, visible to the unaided eye in the southeastern horizon at around 2 to 3 am. The maps below show how the Milky Way would look like in the Philippine sky at various times of the year. 

January, February | Southeast, 5 am
March, April, May | South, 2 am
June, July, August, September | South, 12 mn
October, November | Southwest, 7 pm

To learn how to capture the Milky Way, click here.

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Venus | July 2020

Among all the planets, Venus is the brightest. It is usually seen an hour before sunrise, or an hour after sunset. The phases of Venus may be observed and photographed with a small telescope. This image of the crescent Venus was taken with a Canon 1100D and a 4 inch f/9 refractor.

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M45 Pleiades Cluster

M45 Pleiades open star cluster imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a single 240-second exposure at ISO 1600, processed in GIMP.

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M31 Andromeda Galaxy

M31 Andromeda Galaxy, imaged with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR on a motorized mount with DIY controller. This photo is a stack of 6 frames at 180 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 18 minutes, processed in SIRIL.

For a complete list of astrophoto images, click here.

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