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Webcam Astrophotography

Jupiter 12/7 GRS and Io

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An isolated rain in the afternoon posed a threat the planned observation for the night. It cleared up in late evening but seeing was mediocre. I’ve waited for GRS to transit while it was a luck that Io was captured within the FOV.

12/7/12 10:32 PM Local Time (+8 UTC)

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Using a 2x barlow lens was rather difficult to keep it at center. This image was processed with 2 AVI file stiched VirtualDub.  Hint of Red Spot Jr. (Left of GRS)

12/7/12 10:47 PM Local Time (+8 UTC)

Images were captured using Celestron Nexstar 8se and Philips Toucam.  Acquired via Sharpcap, processed using Registax V5 and CS3.  Observed from Malabon City, Philippines.


Mare Crisuim

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Mare Crisium is a flat basin that can be easily seen on the Moon’s Edge. Within the mare are craters Piccard (left) and Pierre (right) . Image taken a day after the full moon using Philippine Astronomical Society‘s Celestron nexstar 8se and Philips Toucam. Processed using Registax v5.



Jupiter and Io 11/27/12

Jupiter 11/27/12

Taken using Celestron Nexstar 8se and Philips Toucam. Acquired via SharpCap, cropped using Castrator, proccessed using Registax V5. A 2x barlow lens was used in capturing image.

Io and its shadow can be seen on the image.


Jupiter and Io’s Shadow

A quick test image on Jupiter last November 21, 2012 using Philippine Astronomical Society’s  Celestron c8 SE known as Rica Jane.  Io’s shadow on the side can be seen.

Moon 10/31/2012

Two Days after Hunter’s Moon

Taken using  Meade ETX125 and Agfa Optima 147 

Crater Endymion  (center)

Taken using Meade ETX 125 and Philips Toucam

Jupiter – 10/31/2012

According on the Stellarium, GRS will start to transit at around 3:00am but it did not happen until 4:00am this morning. I wish I could wait till 5:00 am but I felt tired already. T_T

Image was captured using Meade ETX 125 and Philips Toucam Pro. SharpCap, Castrator and Regsitax were used for acquisition and processing of pictures.

12:35am Local Time ( +8 UTC)

1:48am Local Time (+8 UTC)

3:14am Local Time (+8 UTC)

3:50am Local Time (+8 UTC)

Jupiter – 10/13/2012

The sky was generous for a few moments until the clouds came rolling in. Luckily, we were able to capture a few frames of Jupiter.  The image was taken at Subic during the Philippine Astronomical Society Planning Session using Celestron C6 SCT on EQ5 mount using Philips Toucam


Jupiter – August 20, 2012

I had again the chance of imaging Jupiter after that monstrous monsoon using Meade ETX 125 and Toucam. 244 frames were registered and stacked using Registax, contrast adjusments were done using Gimp, image acquisition via SharpCap.

PAS, Caffeine and Saturn

Thanks to caffeine, I was able to capture good frames of Saturn (and mars) when I got home after meeting with the Philippine Astronomical Society at Taft Ave., (and after my daughter went to sleep).

The sky has been generously clear this past few days. Summer is here!

Feeding Mosquitoes

Yep, figuratively and literally those little insects feast on both of my chicken pox infested legs last night while I was trying to image Mars. I hope they did suck out the varicella virus as well.

I hope to get well soon, I am certainly missing a lot already.     T_T