Saturn | May 2021

A hint of Saturn’s Cassini division and the cloud bands are visible in this photo captured with a small 4-inch telescope.

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

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Related link: Dash Camera for Imaging Planets

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Jupiter | May 2021

Jupiter’s great red spot, the cloud bands, and two of its moons, are visible in this photo taken with a small 4-inch telescope.

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

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Related link: Dash Camera for Imaging Planets

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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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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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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.

For a complete list of astrophoto images, click here.

Related links:
Transit of Io
Transit of Venus

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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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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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Lunar Craters | 2021

Lunar craters are best observed and photographed when it is not full moon. These images of moon craters were imaged with a 4 in f/9 refractor and a dash camera.

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Related link: Dash Camera for the Imaging the Moon and Planets

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Total Lunar Eclipse | 2018

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Total Lunar Eclipse taken with a 4-inch f/9 refractor and a DSLR camera on January 31, 2018 at the PAGASA Observatory in UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

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Saturn | May 8, 2016

Saturn almost always impresses anyone who looks at it through a telescope. When compared to Jupiter or Venus, Saturn is relatively dim, making it difficult to photograph when using a small telescope.

Exposures as slow as 1/15 second was used to capture this image. I used an eyepiece to project an image of Saturn on to a Logitech 4000 web camera’s sensor. The division in Saturn’s ring and the cloud bands are visible in this photo. Image processed in IRIS.

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Mars | May 2016

As Earth and Mars revolve around the Sun, there are instances when these two planets are close to each other, and this happens every 2 years. This is the time when Mars is best photographed and this is also the window when spacecrafts are sent to Mars! This image of Mars was taken during one of its closest approaches to Earth, revealing the dark and light patches on its surface, along with white clouds in its atmosphere. I used an SPC900NC web camera to capture this image. Image processed in IRIS.

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Jupiter | March 2016

Planets are particularly difficult to image, especially if using a small 4-inch telescope. You need to image at very long focal lengths to magnify and zoom in to the planet and a large aperture to reveal finer details. To capture this image of Jupiter, I had to use an eyepiece to project an image on to an SPC900NC web camera’s sensor. Precise tracking is essential to keep the planet’s image in frame for more accurate registering and stacking of images.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the cloud bands of alternating dark and light color, are visible in the photo. Image processed in IRIS.

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Solar Eclipse | March 2016

Image of the partial solar eclipse on March 9, 2016, taken with a 4 in f/9 Sky-Watcher 100ED refractor, a DSLR camera, and a solar filter.

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Total Lunar Eclipse | October 2014

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Total Lunar Eclipse as observed from Quezon City, Philippines on October 8, 2014, taken with a 4 in f/9 Sky-Watcher Equinox ED and a DSLR camera.

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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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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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