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Category: Milky Way


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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Milky Way Bosoboso March 30, 2014_39sec

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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Milky Way Kiltepan Sagada

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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

milky way aug 23 2014

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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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