Stargazing Sites near NCR

We’ve visited a number of private stargazing sites just 50 km east of Manila where one could camp out, stargaze, and do some astrophotography as skies there are still relatively dark and good enough for casual stargazing. Bring your own tent and telescope, and lots of food!

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Coron’s Pristine Night Sky

Coron’s night sky is probably the best sky I have seen to date. There is no hint of sky glow caused by light pollution. You could see stars from horizon to horizon. The Milky Way is visible even just outside our hotel. To get a better view, we asked a guide to accompany us atop a small hill in Coron. It was impressive to see the Milky Way in a pristine night sky. Here are some photos taken during our visit in Coron, Palawan in 2014.

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Related link: How To Take Photos of the Milky Way

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Milky Way | Caliraya

Milky Way imaged from the dark skies of Caliraya, Quezon. Taken with a Canon S3IS digital camera on a DIY tracker. This photo is a stack of 3 frames at 15 seconds sub-exposure, for a total of 45 seconds, ISO 800, processed in IRIS.

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Related link: How To Take Photos of the Milky Way

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Jupiter Occultation | August 2012

The moon is also known to eclipse planets, and one such event involving Jupiter happened in August 2012. This event is called the lunar occultation of Jupiter, and is a relatively rare astronomical event. The event was visible throughout the country. I was able to observe and photograph it from Quezon City, Philippines, using a small telescope. To watch the video recording of this event, click here.

Lunar Occultation of Jupiter, August 2012

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Related link: Lunar Occultation of Mars

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Venus Transit | June 2012

A rare astronomical event occurred in June 2012, visible in the Philippines and widely documented among astronomy enthusiasts. This event is called the Venus Transit, in which the planet Venus, appearing as a small dot, is observed to transit or move across the disk of the Sun. Venus and a number of sunspots are visible in the photo. Special solar filters were required to safely view this event.

Venus Transit 2012

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M57 Ring Nebula | April 2012

M57 Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra. The nebula looks like a faint circle when viewed through a telescope. Long exposures reveal some colors, visible in this photo. M57 is relatively easy to find by scanning the region between the two bright stars in Lyra.

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M8 Lagoon Nebula | April 2012

The Lagoon Nebula is a bright region of interstellar dust in the constellation Sagittarius, near the center of the Milky Way. It is barely visible to the unaided eye and best viewed with binoculars. Long exposure photography reveals a reddish hue, as seen in this photo.

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ISS | March 2012

Image of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes 450 km above Manila at 4:59:01 am, March 15, 2012. The main body and the solar panels of the satellite are visible in this photo. Image taken with a 4 inch f/9 refractor with Canon 450D, 1/100 sec exposure at ISO 1600.

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M13 Hercules Cluster | April 2012

M13 is a globular star cluster in the constellation Hercules. This star cluster is easy to find with binoculars and best viewed with a low-power telescope. This long-exposure photo reveals the tightly-packed stars at the core of the M13 star cluster.

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433 Eros | January 2012

433 Eros is the first asteroid to be studied with a spacecraft from orbit. Eros was orbited by Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous several times before touching down in February 2001. This image of Eros was taken during its closest approach to Earth on January 30, 2012 using a 4-in f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR.

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Total Lunar Eclipse | 2011

This photo was taken in December 2011, in Antipolo, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse. The moon appears red during totality and as it dims (in contrast to a bright full moon), the faint stars surrounding the moon becomes visible!

2011 Total Lunar Eclipse | Sky-Watcher 4 in f/9 refractor

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Transit of Io | November 2011

The Galilean moons may sometimes cross the disc of Jupiter in an event called transit. The satellite (white dot) is usually followed by the shadow (black dot) it casts on Jupiter. In this photo, Jupiter’s moon Io is already exiting, with its shadow still on the disc of the planet. Image taken on November 9, 2011 with a 4-inch f/9 refractor and a Logitech 4000 web camera.

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