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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Ultra-Portable Tracker Setup

I have recently assembled an ultra-portable tracker setup. The intention is to build a simple yet fairly accurate sky tracker capable of capturing wide-field targets, particularly, the Milky Way.

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Ultra-portable tracker built from a telescope’s RA motor (geared stepper motor)

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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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Stargazing at Big Handy’s Grounds

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Our tent and telescope, with the Milky Way at the background! Captured on June 27, 2015 at Big Handy’s Grounds, Tanay, Rizal, using a Canon 450D DSLR, 18-55 mm kit lens set at 18 mm, ISO 1600, f/3.5 at 30 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Located just 50 km east of Manila, Big Handy’s Grounds offers skies dark enough for serious stargazing sessions. The photo above shows our tent and telescope, with the Milky Way at the background, captured on June 27, 2015 using a typical DSLR camera and a kit lens.

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Milky Way at Kiltepan Peak, Sagada

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Image of the Milky Way galaxy taken with a DSLR camera and a tripod. Canon 450D DSLR camera, 18-55 mm lens set at 18 mm, f/3.5, 30 sec exposure, ISO 1600, March 1, 2015 at Kiltepan Peak in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For other Milky Way photos, click here. To learn how to image the Milky Way using a point-and-shoot or a DSLR camera, click here.

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Milky Way captured from Camarines Norte

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Image of the Milky Way galaxy taken with a DSLR camera and a tripod. Canon 450D DSLR camera, 18-55 mm lens set at 18 mm, f/3.5, 30 sec exposure, ISO 1600, August 23, 2014, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For other Milky Way photos, click here. To learn how to image the Milky Way using a point-and-shoot or a DSLR camera, click here.

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Coron, Palawan’s Pristine Dark Skies

Here are some night-sky images taken during our recent visit to Coron, Palawan, one of the country’s top tourist destination, known for its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters.

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Image of the Milky Way taken in Coron, Palawan, at around 4 am on March 8, 2014 using a Canon 600D and an 18-55 mm kit lens, set at 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 3200. The camera was mounted on a tripod and was pointed approximately 45 degrees above the southern horizon, at 30 seconds exposure.

Here is another photo taken at the viewing deck atop Mt. Tapyas, a hill situated at the center of Coron’s town proper. It was a long climb taking all 742 steps, but once we have reached the top, it was all worth the effort because we were greeted with one of the best views of the Milky Way we have seen to date.

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Milky Way taken at Mt. Tapyas, in Coron, Palawan, at around 4 am on March 9, 2014 using a Canon 600D and an 18-55 mm kit lens, set at 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 1600. The camera was mounted on a tripod and was pointed approximately 45 degrees above the southern horizon, and was exposed for 30 seconds.

Aside from the sea and the sand, Coron also offers pristine dark skies that will definitely impress anyone who loves to gaze at the stars above. To learn how to take photos like these using a DSLR, click here.

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Deep-Sky Observing Marathon

The Philippine Astronomical Society will be hosting a Deep-Sky Observing Marathon on March 9-10, 2013, at Big Handy’s Grounds in Tanay, Rizal. Interested participants may kindly confirm their attendance with PAS Observation Chairperson Von Delelis (Contact: 09228320401). The Philippine Astronomical Society holds an annual stargazing session to take advantage of cloudless summer nights during months of March and April each year.

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Last year’s stargazing session hosted by the Philippine Astronomical Society. Photo Credit: Margie Parinas

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Philippine Messier Marathon 2013

The Philippine Messier Marathon Open is an annual star party conducted under the dark clear skies of Caliraya, Laguna, where astronomy-enthusiasts in the country gather to observe and meet fellow enthusiasts. The highlight of the event is the messier marathon — astro-enthusiasts attempt to observe and identify all the 110 m-objects in just one night. This year, the first wave of the event (there will be a series of stargazing events) will be on March 9, 2013, at Eco Saddle Resort in Caliraya, Laguna. Interested parties are encouraged to confirm their attendance in the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013‘s event page.

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For inquiries, contact Peter Tubalinal, the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013 Chair/Organizer at 09479785001. Photo Credit: Peter Tubalinal

This event hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines is by far the largest star party and astro-gathering in the Philippines.

Related link: Philippine Messier Marathon 2012

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Milky Way in Summer Triangle November 3, 2012

Image of a section of the Milky Way galaxy in Summer Triangle taken using a DSLR camera and a tracking mount. The Summer Triangle is a prominent asterism (an unofficial name to a star pattern) consists of the bright stars Altair (upper left), Vega (lower right), and Deneb (upper right). Canon 450D DSLR camera, 18-55 mm lens set at 20 mm, f/3.5, 120 sec exposure, ISO 1600, November 3, 2012, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more photos of the Milky Way, click here.

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