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M42 Orion Nebula

Its was a clear day and I had a chance to do some quick imaging of the Orion Nebula at Salt Pan Reserve in the suburb of Riverwood,NSW. I was a bit hesitant because I was alone and not familiar with the place. Thankfully it was a safe and friendly place and I met a few people who were curiuos to what was I am doing.  Luckily I was able to share a few stars and the nebulas with them.

15 meters away from the car park ,light posts and apartments around gave heaps of glow in sky but I was able capture 12×10 second subs of M42.

Image details:

10×12 sec exposure at 1600ISO using Canon 700D and Skywatcher 80mm ED mounted on a NEQ6 pro. 

Processes using Deep Sky Stacker , Photoshop and Instagram.

Taken at Riverwood, NSW. 


Venus Jupiter Conjunction

 Conjunction is a phenomena when two or more celestial body appear to be close in the sky. Here in this photo of the recent planetary conjunction of Venus(left) and Jupiter is at their closest taken July 1,2015. 




Jupiter 12/16

Jupiter 12/16

Recording 2 minute avi instead of 1 min significantly increases frames which results to more detail in post processing. However blur due to Jupiter’s rotation becomes noticeable if one record longer.

In this current set up atleast, it rotation has little effects on the image which was captured at f10.

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

Jupiter 12/7 GRS and Io

jupiter 12_7_2012 10_32_38 PM

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)

jupiter 12_7_2012 10_47_02 PM

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.


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)

Star Apples and Stars

Light pollution is a cancer on an urban place like Manila. City lights could glow 30 degrees above the horizon, hiding most of the stars on the background. One has to go to areas which is free or atleast with less light pollution in it.

We went to a place some where in Montalban, Rizal which is approximately 31kms away from Manila.

Orion and a Lonely Tree on a Quarried Mountain. Rizal is one of the places where lots of quarrying activity happens.

Faint hint of Orion Nebula.

Big Dipper Asterism of Ursa Major.

And of course , Star Apple which is locally known as caimto (Chrysophyllum cainito).  The taste is true to what the picture depicts – sweet, creamy and juicy.