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Category: Visual


Pentax 10 × 50 SP WP Binoculars

Any two identical telescopes placed side-by-side is considered a pair of binoculars, from the words bin which means “two” and ocular which means “of or connected with the eyes or vision”.

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Pentax 10 × 50 SP WP, the newest addition to my astro-equipment.

Like many other astronomy enthusiasts, I also recommend investing on a pair of binoculars first before buying a telescope. Any pair of 7 × 50 or 10 × 50 binoculars should be more than adequate for exploring the night sky particularly the Milky Way.

Early this year, I have acquired a Pentax 10 × 50 SP WP. I have been testing it for more than 8 months now, and I am very much pleased with its built quality and more importantly, the optical quality of the lenses. In future posts, I’ll be sharing some of the insights I gained in the process of choosing this pair, such as the features and specifications I’d recommended for a pair that will be used for astronomical observations.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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I have finally seen and photographed the zodiacal lights (diffused white glow in the night sky caused by the reflection of sunlight on dust particles orbiting the Sun) from Calapan City, in the island of Mindoro. Since the zodiacal lights’ glow is much fainter than the Milky Way and only visible in places with pristine dark sky, this phenomenon is very rarely observed by astronomy enthusiasts.

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The zodiacal lights captured in this photo appears as a diffused white glow extending from the eastern horizon towards the plane of the ecliptic (in the direction of Pleiades and Aldebaran), as seen from the island of Mindoro, Philippines. This image was taken at around 4 am on July 7, 2016 (about 2 hours before the local sunrise), using a Canon 1100D DSLR, 18-55 mm lens f/3.5, at ISO 400 at 63 sec exposure.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) celebrates Global Astronomy Month this April by conducting a series of free public observations in various places in Metro Manila. Below are some of the photos taken yesterday during the observation at the UP Town Center in Diliman, QC.

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MSA conducts regular public observations and will be holding another one tonight, April 24, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa.

For previous observations, click here.
To keep posted on upcoming astronomical events, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

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)

Here are some photos taken during the March 9, 2016 solar eclipse which was viewed from the Philippines as a partial eclipse. The observation was conducted at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in UP Diliman, QC.

For photos of other solar eclipses, click here.
To keep posted on upcoming astronomical events, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Specialized shades for viewing the Sun during solar eclipses. Without proper filters, looking directly at the Sun will result to permanent eye damage.

I have just finished making a couple of solar shades for the upcoming solar eclipse on March 9, 2016. To learn more about the specialized safety filter I used in this solar shade and what other low-cost alternative can be used, click here.

Related links:
Solar Eclipse on March 9, 2016
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Solar Filter

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For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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