Video of Venus-Jupiter pair from Cavite (January 16, 2019)

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Moon joins Venus and Jupiter on Jan 31, 2019

In a previous post, I’ve described how to observe the pairing of Venus and Jupiter, best viewed from January 16 to 27, 2019. On January 31, 5:30 am, the two planets will be joined by the moon to form a celestial triangle. This is one of the most fascinating sights in amateur astronomy, do not miss it! On February 1 (a day after), the moon will still be in the general direction of the two planets, but will not form an impressive triangle as in January 31.

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Face east at 5:30 am on January 31, 2019

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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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Zodiacal Lights in Calapan (July 7, 2016)

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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Global Astronomy Month (April 2016)

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.

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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).

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

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