Tuesday, January 9, 2018
2018 will have 2 lunar eclipses visible in the Philippines. The first one which will occur on January 31, 2018 will be visible in the Philippines as well as most of Asia and the Pacific. Eclipse will start at around 6:50pm PST (Philippine Standard Time) when the Moon will enter the Earth's light shadow (penumbra). Partial eclipse will begin at around 7:48pm and enters totality at around 8:51pm. Maximum totality will occur at around 9:30pm when the Moon is roughly about 51 degrees above the eastern horizon. During totality, the eclipsed Moon will not be very dark as it crossed halfway south of Earth's dark shadow (Umbra) thus will show a light orange Moon at maximum totality. Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, while the whole partial phase lasts about 3.5 hours more or less. Totality then ends at around 10:08pm an partial phases will continue till around 11:12pm before the Moon totally exits the Earth's light shadow by 12:10am the next day signalling the end of the eclipse. The next lunar eclipse will happen on July 28, 2018. For those who wants to observe or image the eclipse, best location to select is to have a clear eastern view as the event will entirely be in the eastern area.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
The sky this afternoon s clear but seeing condition is fair. Not much solar activity past few months already and today's huge faint eruptive prominence in the SE limb gives some hope for some bigger solar activity hopefully this year but I think the prediction will still be a so so solar activity this year.
Monday, January 1, 2018
The sky this early morning is clear and seeing condition is good. KC and I went to our roof deck to try to image the biggest Super Perigee Moon for the year 2018 using Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 with 1/250sec exposure at ISO 100 on sturdy tripod.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
The sky was clear so KC and I went up the roof deck to observe the Waxing Gibbous Moon. Seeing condition is fair. I use my ZWO ASI120MM webcam on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens with 2x barlow lens and mounted on Celestron Nexstar mount to image the full disk as well as closeups of Tycho Crater and Mare Serenitatis Regions.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
The last Super Full Moon or Perigee Full Moon for 2017 brings up some hype again but for me, this is just a normal lunar imaging session for me to capture it using Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 on sturdy tripod. Exposure of 1/500 sec exposure at ISO 200. Both me and my son had some bonding moment to image the Moon together at our condo's roof deck.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The sky today is partly cloudy but I still proceeded to image the Sun to see how the huge, long dark filament is developing. The filament has rotated inside the disk today compare to yesterday which shows a nice FilaProm. Seeing is fair but unfortunately, after I took this shot, I got rained out! Good thing I was able to anticipate possible rain and started to packup before it totally poured!!!
The sky this morning is cloudy so I thought no solar observation for today but late in the afternoon, I saw some sunlight peeping out of the cloudy sky so I thought of setting up at the roof deck to try to image the Sun in Ha wavelength. As I setup, clouds are starting to cover up the sky again and I almost gave up due to frustration but nevertheless, I still keep my patience as I got top see a beautiful long FilaProm on the SE limb! Took me to wait for more than an hour before I could take a quickie shot of the prominence before it got clouded again :( I waited for another 30 minutes before I could shot another large eruptive prominence in the NE limb under very poor seeing condition now as the Sun is very low already and is about to get obstructed by the roof deck fence. Despite the not so favorable condition, I'm still happy to capture the FilaProm nevertheless.