Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lunar Imaging Session - November 15, 2018 (Lunar X)

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

Lunar Imaging Session - October 24, 2018

The sky this evening is clear and the Full Moon is majestic and beautiful! I quickly setup my trusty Borg 76ED refractor on sturdy tripod to image the Full Moon at prime focus.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lunar Imaging Session - 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

Lunar Imaging Session - 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

Solar Imaging Session - 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 :(

Saturday, July 28, 2018

July 28, 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse Imaging Session

The sky on the evening of July 27, 2018 was very cloudy and lots of drizzles also hampered the ALP's Planet Watch as well as Total Lunar Eclipse free public viewing session at Sm By The Bay at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. I join some members of the organization to set up the free telescope viewing of the event. In the early evening, there are some breaks ion the clouds and rain that allowed them to let some people get a decent view of the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars as well as the Full Moon. Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty and his son Kendrick Cole KC Ty , Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan, Secretary Justine Garcia, Auditor Edgar Ang, Per Edman, Edwin Gatia, and Michella Esparas . After midnight, they prepared for the observation and documentation of the eclipse but as expected, the weather really gave a big blow to the successful documentation of the evening as almost the whole session are hampered by strong rains as well as thick clouds! I was only able to get only a few shots prior to totality :( It was a very disappointing session in terms of documentation but the joy of observing with the members of the ALP still give us some joy despite the odds against them.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Reprocessed Saturn July 5, 2018 Image

With a lot of clouds and rains continuing to hamper our local sky. I spend some time reprocessing my July 5, 2018 Saturn which I think the color balance was a bit off to the yellowish green tint. I tried adjusting again the RGB and adjust a bit on the white balance as well as further color adjustment correction tips by my friend Melvin Giraldo and it looks a little bit better than my previous posted image. What do you think? Current