The Philippine Astronomical Society hosted a deep-sky observing marathon at the dark skies of Big Handy’s Ground located at Tanay Rizal. It was an off-the-grid camp site, literally – no signal, electricity, water supply and is away from buzzing sounds and blinding lights of the metro, a perfect get away from daily urban lifestyle. The site offeres 360 view of the skies with minimal obstruction from mountain tops and though light pollution from Manila can be seen afar in the west, faint stars that are usually invisible in the metro doesn’t shy away and glitter fantastically and steady that you’ll get lost in the sea of stars! Its such rare occasion for me that I stared in awe above and have to reorient my self to what constellation I am looking into. Faint DSO’s are resolved easily that hunting them was a breeze, only if clouds had not rolled in quick!
View from Big Handy’s Grounds
Members of the Philippine Astronomical Society
Members of the UP AstroSoc joined us also in this event
Big Handy’s Ground is located at Brgy. Cayumbay, Tanay Rizal and welcomes camping, star gazing and other stuff. For more information in the site you may send Mrs. May Serrano an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For anything about astronomy, you may attend events of the Philippine Astronomical Society which is free and open to the public. Clear Skies!
We were greeted with a warm shine from the sun during our club meeting so we went to the roof deck to have a closer look at it.
The school roof deck is actually a good observing site, except for the lights from the North Express Way.
Basics of setting up a telescope. Next time they will have to do it by themselves.
Checking out the sun.
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)
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 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.
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.
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
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)
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
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.
One of the reasons why the transit was very much anticipated, observed and documented is its rarity. In fact the next one won’t happen till the next century, not within our lifetime. Things could be very different by that time, whatever that is, what is important is to keep the passion of Astronomy passed on to the next generation, we can never tell where the science can lead them to.
Here is a short article of the event written by my student:
Last June 6, 2012, we went to Manila Observatory at the Ateneo de Manila to see a very rarephenomenon: it is the “Venus Transit”. Venus Transit or Transit of Venus happens when the planet Venus passes directly between Sun and Earth. What is special about this phenomenon is that it occurs in a pattern that repeats with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gap of 105 years. Apparently, the last transit occurred last June 6 and the prior to that was last June 8, 2004. It is expected that the next appearance of Venus Transit will beon December 10–11, 2117, and in December 2125.
The planet Venus appeared to be very small and very dark. It actually looked like just one of the sunspots of the Sun and every minute the Venus moved around the face of the Sun. We are able to observe this by using telescopes. We are given so much chance to look on different telescopes that are settled up. Different telescope gave us different colours and perspectiveswith the on-going transit.Seeing the Venus Transit was one of the things that we enjoyed for staying there for almost 9 hours.
The whole experience was extremely fun,though it was from the morning until the afternoon which was very tiring. We also had a chance to have a small talk with Sir Edmond. From that short time talk, we gained so much knowledge about the transit and other phenomena that are happening inside and outside the Earth. We are so much honoured in meeting and talking with him. And of course, we are also thankful to the persons behind this event for giving us opportunity to witness this extraordinary event.
Seeing the marker of the capsule makes think If I could still see it by then, but..
..let’s keep on passing the light of the stars till then.