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 :(
Saturday, July 28, 2018
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
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
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018
The sky this evening is partly cloudy and hazy. Seeing condition is also very poor. I used a Meade 8" f/10 SCT with ZWO ASI120MM webcam with Baader RGB filters and Televue 2.5x Powermate as imaging gear for the session. I started out with Jupiter as my first target and it was very hard to focus as it was like a jelly bean so it took me a while to be able to do slightly better focusing a bit after the telescope had cooled don for more than 1.5 hours. Nevertheless despite playing hide and seek with the clouds, I was able to get small window for me to get a set of RGB image and with the clouds keeping me at bay most of the night, I just get a little bit more of patience to wait for Saturn to clear the building for me to do also a single set of RGB image as well. Despite the poor condition that I was experiencing, I'm still glad to still have some time viewing Jupiter and Saturn as well as image them both at the same night. Hopefully , will have better seeing condition in future imaging session.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Had a very busy day and I arrived home very late in the afternoon but nevertheless, I proceeded to image the Sun. Yesterday's large hedgerow prominence in the SE limb is still there but had started to collapse a bit. There is also a faint eruptive prominence just above the SE hedgerow prominence which is hard to image as low in contrast. Aside from this 2 prominences, the large filament is still visible and now is nearing the western limb as well. No sunspot groups are visible.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The Full Moon or the Strawberry Moon this evening is beautiful and I can't resist not imaging it with my Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 at 1/800sec at ISO 200 on sturdy tripod.
The sky this afternoon is clear and seeing condition is very good. Departing AR2715 Sunspot Group is very silent as it nears the western limb. There is a long Filament visible faintly following AR2715 Sunspot Group vicinity. There are 2 beautiful large prominences visible in the NE and SE limb . I was also able to image boring AR2715 Sunspot Group in white light as well.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The sky this afternoon is hazy and seeing condition is poor. AR2715 Sunspot Group is very active and has a lots of flaring activity inside its core. Departing AR2713 Sunspot Group is a bit quiet as it nears the western limb. I wasn't able to image in white light as clouds started to cover up the Sun. :( Better luck again tomorrow.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
The sky this afternoon is clear and seeing condition is good. AR2712 Sunspot Group is nearing the NW limb but still producing some nice flaring activity inside its core. There is also a large hedgerow prominence visible int he SE limb. A huge, long plage is also developing in the NE quadrant that might develop into an active region in the days to come.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The sky this afternoon is a bit cloudy and I initially thought that it is another bad day for solar imaging. But after a hard rain, the sky started to open up a bit but unfortunately, the Sun is starting to get low in the western horizon but I still proceeded to do a short imaging session on the new AR2712 Sunspot Group as well as a nice large Hedgerow prominence in the SE limb. Seeing condition is poor as expected because of the Sun's low elevation already but I'm still happy with the result nevertheless.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The sky this afternoon is partly cloudy and I have to fight the clouds for almost 3 hours under the heat if the Sun to get some decent shot of the Sun in Ha wavelength. 2 sunspot groups are visible with AR2709 Sunspot Group the slightly more prominent one than the departing AR2708 Sunspot Group which is near the western limb already. Both in white light are quite small and very inconspicious with pore light structure only. 2 nice prominences are visible in the NW and SW limb. There is also a possible new active region developing in between AR2709 and 2708 Sunspot Groups as it has some plage developing. I also use my old reliable TV-101 refractor for this session as it has been a very long while since I had used it so its a good time to let it taste the heat of the Sun once again.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Jupiter is at Opposition this evening so despite the fact that we here in the Philippines will be observing the boring side of Jupiter sans the Great Red Spot and Oval BA, I still try to setup and image tonight. Seeing condition is poor tonight. I was able to let the scope cool down for about an hour. Oh well, better luck this coming weekend again :0
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Jupiter Imaging Session - May 6, 2018 The sky this evening is partly cloudy but I proceeded to try to image planet Jupiter with the Meade 8" f/10 SCT using ZWO ASI120MM webcam with 2x barlow lens and RGB filters. Seeing condition is not that good but I still proceeded after letting the scope cool down for almost 1.5 hours . The Great Red Spot is visible nearing Central Meridian, I also got to test my new Starbook-S which I locally made and it is working ok. I packed up after 3am feeling very tired but still happy that I was able to image Jupiter. I was planning to image Saturn and Mars as well but unfortunately, my Starbook-S battery run out so better luck next time.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
I got to image the Summer Milky Way last April 15, 2018 under the dark skies of Caliraya , Laguna using Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera on Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 lens set at 15mm f/3.5 mounted on Vixen Polarie star tracker. Total 7 minutes exposure at ISO 1600.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
I got to test my old ATIK 16HR CCD camera to test image on the Quarter Moon mounted on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens. My purpose to use it is to rehearse myself once again on how to use it. Also, I want to test on the new heat pads that I mounted near the camera sensor to see if it helps eliminate the frosting problem on this CCD as there is no Temperature Set Point on this old camera. After running it more than 1.5 hours, no frost on the CCD sensor so far so I guess it might be working. Looking forward to finally again use it since 2016. I also found out that this sensitive camera is prone to light bleeding if used on a bright subject such as the Moon so I tried using a red filter but I still get some light bleeding a bit but is a bit better than without any filter installed to dim the Moon further. Anyway, the bleeding was further removed with some processing. The session run quite ok and I'm very happy on the result so Im looking forward to the next Caliraya session in March and hopefully get some deep sky images there.
Friday, February 16, 2018
The sky this afternoon is partly cloudy and seeing condition is poor. AR2699 Sunspot Group is about to exit the western limb in a day or two so solar activity is expected to lower down once again without a new sunspot group emerging from the eastern limb tentatively.
Friday, February 9, 2018
The sky this afternoon is clear but very hazy. Seeing condition is also very poor. AR2699 Sunspot Group continues to develop slowly. and flaring activity is starting to mellow down. No big prominences are visible on the disk as well :(
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The sky this afternoon is partly cloudy and hazy. Seeing condition is fair. Finally some new moderate size sunspot is visible now and designated as AR2699 Sunspot Group. Some flaring activity inside its core structure while it is also nice to view in white light as well. Hope this group develop some more in its structure.