Jupiter (March 12, 2016)

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Photo of Jupiter taken on March 12, 2016, through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Canon 1100D DSLR (in video mode). Jupiter’s cloud bands and the Great Red Spot are visible in this photo. For other images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Uranus Now an Easy Target with Binoculars

Finder Chart for Uranus (Facing East at 9-10 pm, September to October 2012)

To find Uranus, locate first the Great Square of Pegasus and then use the two stars in the easternmost side of the square as pointer stars. Uranus is somewhere between the easternmost side of the square and the beta star (Deneb Kaitos) of the constellation Cetus. Currently illuminated at magnitude 5.73, it should be an easy target with a pair of binoculars.

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Moons of Saturn

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Moons of Saturn imaged last April 9, 2012, 2:04 am local time. From left to right: Hyperion, Tethys, Dione, Enceladus, Rhea, Iapetus, and Titan (one more moon Mimas was lost in the glare being too close to the planet). Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 20 sec exp, IS0 1600, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Saturn, click here.

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Venus April 8, 2012

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Venus imaged last April 8, 2012 using a Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4 in f/9 refractor on a Kenko NES mount, projection via 25 mm eyepiece and a Philips SPC900NC webcam. Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Venus, click here.

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Jupiter, Moon, and Venus Planetary Grouping February 26, 2012

Jupiter (top)-Moon(center)-Venus (lower left) alignment February 26, 2012, facing west at sunset, Tagaytay, Philippines. Image taken with a Canon PowerShot S3IS.

Related images: Planetary Grouping

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Barlow Lenses

Barlow lenses may be used to magnify images in casual visual observation and also astrophotograpy (afocal, prime focus, or eyepiece projection)

I find Barlow lenses very useful in achieving better image scale in planetary imaging (through afocal, prime focus, or eyepiece projection). Using a 2x Barlow lens, I can actually double the effective focal length of my setup. With a 2x Barlow, the effective focal length of my 900 mm telescope would  then be equal to 900 mm X 2 = 1800 mm.  During nights of steady seeing and I wish to further magnify an image, I use another 2x Barlow, thereby having an effective focal length of 900 mm X 2 X 2 = 3600 mm :)

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Stargazing with Students at Pampanga High School

UP AstroSoc’s Lakbay Langit at Pampanga High School

This stargazing activity is part of the Lakbay Langit event of UP Astronomical Society last February 4-5, 2012. More than 100 first year students participated in this event. It always bring joy observing the reactions of students upon seeing the planets, particularly Saturn, for the first time.

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Saturn January 31, 2012

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Image of Saturn last January 31, 2012 taken afocally using a 4-in f/9 refractor with 32 mm eyepiece and a Canon S3IS. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Saturn, click here.

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Venus Now Visible in the Western Horizon

Venus visible in the western horizon right after sunset, taken on December 14, 2011 at around 5:30 pm using an XPERIA 10 Mini Pro mobile phone camera. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more photos of Venus, click here.

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