Tuesday, December 25, 2018
After having Christmas dinner with family and KC godparents, we saw the beautiful clear Waning Gibbous Moon, KC and I went to our parking area to image the Moon using a simple setup of trusty Borg 76ED refractor with Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless camera on sturdy tripod.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The sky in the evening was fair and I setup together with my son to try to view and image Comet 46/P Wirtanen which has an apparent bright magnitude of around +3.5 but since this comet is very diffuse and large, the magnitude estimate is rather tricky and real estimates might be like magnitude 6-7 as it is even dimmer than M42 Orion Nebula! After a few minutes of star hopping under the light polluted sky of Manila. We located the area where the comet should be and using a 30 sec exposure using the Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 set at 400mm f/5.6 mounted on Kenko SKy Memo-R star tracker confirmed the comet! Only the comet's inner nucleus can be imaged with the sky condition we got but we are still happy we were able to locate it. An added bonus is that we both were able to see a bright mag -5 whitish Orionid bolide flashing its way from Orion toward the western horizon. My estimate it traveled about 50 degrees with a light hissing sound. Unfortunately, I was able to expose only 6 frames before the sky got clouded out ending our session.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The sky this evening is clear and the Quarter Moon with Lunar X feature is visible tonight so I use my Huawei P20 Pro coupled afocally with Celestron NexYZ smartphone adapter with 32mm Plossl on a Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain and taken at 40MP resolution to image the X feature.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The sky this evening is partly clear so I use this opportunity to do a first light on the Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain as well as the Celestron NexYZ phone adapter to break the cloudy jinx that often occur on a new telescope. This is to lessen the chance of getting clouded out on the upcoming October 20, 2018 International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) from 7:00-9:00[m at SM By The Bay Sunset Park at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. A beautiful conjunction between the Waxing Gibbous Moon as well as planet Mars is visible near the zenith so I use this opportunity to image the conjunction as ell as image through the C90 as well as my gathering dust Borg 76ED refractor to image the conjunction event.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The sky this evening is partly cloudy and hazy. It's been a while since I was able to do any astro imaging even on the Sun and Moon so I brought out some old scope from my storage room to feed her some photon lights :)LOL . I took a single image of the Waning Gibbous Moon using Canon EOS M6 mirrorless DSLR on Borg 76ED refractor at prime focus with 1/500sec at ISO 400 on sturdy tripod. I wasn't able to do more image shot as clouds and building obstruction started to interfere my super short session.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The sky this afternoon is partly cloudy and seeing is poor. I decided to use my portable solar setup with the Canon EF100-400mm this time. AR2717 Sunspot Group has lost its sunspot pore and is now only visible in the Ha wavelength as plage region. There is also a nice large eruptive prominence visible in the NE limb. Sky then gets cloudier and I have to quit imaging as I can hear thunder and sky dimming quite fast :(