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Category: Stargazing


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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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The Seven Suites Hotel Observatory differentiates itself from all other hotels in the country with its unique feature: it is a hotel and at the same time, an astronomical observatory!

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Here are some reasons why I believe Seven Suites a good place to conduct astronomical observations, especially for kids and the family:

1. It offers skies dark enough for some decent visual observations and astronomy photography. For astronomy enthusiasts, a safe place with dark skies is very appealing.

2. It is equipped with a 12-inch telescope (one of the most powerful in the country). Using this telescope, it is possible to see Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, icecaps of Mars, phases of Venus, the craters of the moon, some galaxies, and nebula. Of course, it will all depend on the weather and the time of the year.

3. Its resident astronomer, Ramon, is more than qualified to guide you in observing the moon, stars, and the planets. Ramon is also a good friend of mine and a colleague at the UP Astronomical Society (our astronomy club back in college).

4. It has a good vantage point. Since it is located in the elevated areas of Antipolo, you can take good photos of the sunset and city lights from its observing deck. It is recommended that you bring cameras or binoculars.

5. It is a hotel observatory! You can either spend the night under the stars (literally sleep under the stars) or opt to book a room instead. It means you get to enjoy astronomy without the hassle of camping out. It also means you’ll have access to electricity and the Internet.

Next time you hear news about astronomical events such as a super moon, a meteor shower, a solar or lunar eclipse, an appearance of a comet, or simply, a desire to enjoy some star or moon gazing, be sure to check out Seven Suites.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

The UP NISMED Observatory in UP Diliman, Quezon City, houses one of the country’s most powerful and most modern telescopes. Its main telescope is a 40 cm (16 in) reflecting telescope, equipped with accessories which include a 20 cm (8 in) refractor guidescope, an 8×50 finderscope, and a fully-automated, motor-driven mount.

Stargazing activities are conducted at the UP NISMED Observatory during months of January, February, and March each year.


This is the first of a series of posts about the various astronomical observatories in the Philippines.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Manila Science High School celebrates Science Month with the Manila Street Astronomers on September 16, 2016. The event was open for all students, parents/guardians, teachers, and alumni of the Manila Science High School.

For previous observations, click here.
To request a free observation for your school, kindly get in touch with the Manila Street Astronomers.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Here are some photos of last night’s free public observation hosted by the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) at SM Dasmariñas, Cavite.

For a list of upcoming events and previous observations, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Here are some photos of May 14, 2016 public observation conducted by the Manila Street Astronomers at the UP Town Center in QC, featuring the moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

For a list of upcoming events and previous observations, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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