Deep-Sky Observing Marathon

The Philippine Astronomical Society will be hosting a Deep-Sky Observing Marathon on March 9-10, 2013, at Big Handy’s Grounds in Tanay, Rizal. Interested participants may kindly confirm their attendance with PAS Observation Chairperson Von Delelis (Contact: 09228320401). The Philippine Astronomical Society holds an annual stargazing session to take advantage of cloudless summer nights during months of March and April each year.

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Last year’s stargazing session hosted by the Philippine Astronomical Society. Photo Credit: Margie Parinas

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Philippine Messier Marathon 2013

The Philippine Messier Marathon Open is an annual star party conducted under the dark clear skies of Caliraya, Laguna, where astronomy-enthusiasts in the country gather to observe and meet fellow enthusiasts. The highlight of the event is the messier marathon — astro-enthusiasts attempt to observe and identify all the 110 m-objects in just one night. This year, the first wave of the event (there will be a series of stargazing events) will be on March 9, 2013, at Eco Saddle Resort in Caliraya, Laguna. Interested parties are encouraged to confirm their attendance in the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013‘s event page.

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For inquiries, contact Peter Tubalinal, the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013 Chair/Organizer at 09479785001. Photo Credit: Peter Tubalinal

This event hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines is by far the largest star party and astro-gathering in the Philippines.

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ALP Philippine Messier Marathon Open 2012

The Philippine Messier Marathon Open is an annual star party conducted under the dark clear skies of Caliraya, Laguna, where astronomy-enthusiasts in the country gather to observe and meet fellow enthusiasts. This event hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines is by far the largest star party and astro-gathering in the Philippines.

The highlight of the event is the Messier Marathon where astro-enthusiasts attempt to observe and identify all the 110 m-objects in just one night. This image was taken earlier today, March 25, 2012, at sunrise. For more info, click here.

IR-modified Canon PowerShot S3IS

The modification involves physically removing the “hot plate”, a kind of filter that blocks infrared light. Manufacturers install it in cameras in order to correct for the reddish hue inherent to CCD or CMOS sensors. Removing such filter makes the camera more sensitive to IR and as well as H-alpha wavelengths, which is particularly useful in deep-sky photography.

Canon S3IS point-and-shoot camera modified for astrophotography (afocal imaging)

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How to Find Polaris (The North Star)

As viewed from the Philippines, Polaris, the North Star, lies 15 degrees above the northern horizon. To find Polaris, look first for the asterism The Big Dipper (which should be visible in the northeastern horizon at around 1-2 a.m. this month) then use the stars Merak and Dubhe to point directly to Polaris, as shown in the photo. This composite of 2 images was taken last January 31, 2012 at 2 a.m. in UP Diliman using a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod.

Facing north at 2 a.m., January 31, 2012, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

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