Stargazing at UP NISMED Observatory

 

A short stargazing session on February 8, 2019, with members of UP Astronomical Society

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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MSA’s Astronomy Outreach Events 2019

The first few months of the year are known to Manila-based astronomers as the astronomy season, because this is the time of the year Manila and nearby provinces experience clear skies (the rest of the year are rainy months not suitable for astronomical observations). My colleagues at Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) are now conducting FREE telescope viewing events not only in Manila, but in other provinces as well. These outreach astronomy events are open to everyone (bring your kids, and the whole family)!

Below is a list of MSA’s astronomy outreach events for January (bookmark this page as I will update this post as soon as schedule for other months become available).

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MSA’s Astronomy Outreach Events for January

Arrive early, and bring your cameras. If the moon is visible, volunteer astronomers will assist you in getting a photo of the moon!

Manila Street Astronomers is a non-profit outreach astronomy group. For most recent events announcements, please head directly to their website.

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Equipment Photo Featured in Harper Collins Book

A few months ago, an editor from Harper Collins Publishers requested permission to use my photo that shows how to connect a DSLR to a telescope. I granted them permission to use the photo for free, and as a token of thanks, they sent me two copies of their book. Thanks, Harper Collins!

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Stargazing, Beginners Guide to Astronomy, written by astronomers from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich: Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss.
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My photo showing an expanded view of a DSLR with T-ring and T-adapter is featured on page 79.

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Telescope Hard Cases

Telescopes and other imaging equipment must be handled with extreme care. They must be protected not only from moisture but also from shocks that may lead to misalignment of lenses. Below are the hard cases I use in moving my telescope and its accessories, especially when travelling to remote observing sites.

How do you protect your equipment? Share a link to photos of your equipment cases in the comments section below :)

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Supermoon (November 14, 2016)

Supermoon observation on November 14, 2016, from Manila, Philippines. The moon image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 telescope and a Sony Xperia Z5 mobile phone camera.

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Celestron Travel Scope 70

The Celestron Travel Scope 70 is a small telescope designed for viewing distant land-based targets (such as birds and trees) and for casual astronomical observations. While many enthusiasts would purchase this telescope perhaps as a grab-and-go telescope, my intention for acquiring one is different since I intend to use it as a guide scope for my autoguider setup (if you want to know more about it, click here).

I have been using this telescope for several months now, and I believe I now have a firm grasp of what it can and cannot do, and its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I intend to share some of my insights about the Celestron Travel Scope 70, particularly in the context of visual observation and astrophotography.

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Celestron Travel Scope 70 used during a public observation (left). Actual moon image taken with a Celestron Travel Scope 70 (right).

To learn more about the Celestron Travel Scope 70 and how it can be used to photograph the Sun, the Moon, and the moons of Jupiter, click here.

If you would like to know more about amateur astronomy and astrophotography, kindly follow the link: Getting Started.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

AR 2192 Sunspot Group (October 26, 2014)

Images of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014, taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter.

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Image of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014. This image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 1/4000 sec exp, IS0 200. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano
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Image of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014. This image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter, Kenko NES mount, Philips SPC900NC/00 web camera, UV-IR filter. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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MSU-Marawi Astro Club visits PAGASA Observatory

A visit to the country’s largest telescope with members of the MSU-Marawi Astronomy Club, UP Astronomical Society, RTU Astronomy Society, and the Philippine Astronomical Society on September 14, 2012. Special thanks to Nico Mendoza of the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory for accommodating us.

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DIY Dew Heater

Passive anti-dew system (i.e., requiring no power like a lens/corrector hood) may be able to help but only up to a certain extent (it delays the formation of dew, perhaps for a few hours, but will not completely stop it). As soon as the temperature of the scope drops below that of the dew point, dew will start to form and you will have no choice but to end your observation early. Without an active anti-dew system (heating by using electricity), it is simply impossible to completely eliminate dew. In this article, I will describe how an inexpensive DIY dew heater could be constructed using nichrome wire as the heating element.

DIY dew heater using nichrome wire

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Partial Eclipse of the Moon Tonight (June 4, 2012)

Partial eclipse of the moon tonight, June 4, 2012, 6 pm to 8 pm (eclipse maximum at 7 pm). Still hoping for clear skies… Visible anywhere in the Philippines, just wait for the already-eclipsed moon rising in the east :)
Related links:
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on TV 5 (October 8, 2014)
Solar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 24, 2013)
Lunar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 23, 2013)
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN (June 16, 2011)