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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!


Clouds, Planets and DIY Spectrometer

We had an overnight stargazing activity at school. Thanks to <insert sarc mark here> the LPA, clouds quickly hid the view of Jupiter, good thing we savored a few minutes observing Venus.   As minutes of hopelessly waiting for skies to move bit, the rain started to pour. We have  to move down stairs and stay for there rest of the night, good thing is that we’re a bit prepared so we just did the DIY Spectrometer. It’s something made from a cd, box and razor blades and works by diffraction grating.

It was around 4am when the skies got a bit clear and we had the chance to enjoy the sights of Saturn in its majestic ring, Mars with polar caps and the crescent Moon.

Aperture Kills

I was able to get my hands on a 12 inch dobs of a Manila Cathedral School for their  star gazing activity.  Such a big telescope gives well detail on objects. I tried it and imaged Mars and Saturn using my webcam, but oh boy it was neck breaking  just to target the planets on the screen! But the pain is paid of the pleasure of the images produced from the 4 second clip I managed to capture.

The northern polar cap is now prominent

                                                    Mars in higher gain setting

More detail present in this image, Cassini division, bands etc.

Friday, Saturnday

Saturn undoubtedly is a majestic planet, it always such a fascinating object on the eyepiece that you won’t be surprised that Galileo thought of it as an ear. I’m trying to work on to have the best possible detail on this planet. For now, this is  what I can offer.

Captured using Philips Toucam + Meade ETX 125 on Benro KH25 Tripod. Processed using Registax.

Wednesday, Saturnday

I was hoping to image Mars earlier this morning but my location does not permit me to do so,  instead I tried imaging Saturn.  No tracking / motor mount was used to capture this image.

The Moon, The Bald and The Ugly.

(DISCLAIMER: Thoughts pointed out by the author does not neccesarily reflect the views of its employer)

Its been a while since I took a good look at the moon, while resting and enjoying the lunacy inducing object, something spherical slipped into my head. I started pondering why is that schools doesn’t allow a semi bald (shaved) head? It is something my belief-system couldn’t logically accept but I implement as part of my duty and the irony is, I do wear the same haircut.

Being bald, most of the time associated with evil. As depicted in movies, comics and etc., most of the villain and anti hero are bald. And according to top 100 villain of all time of AFI, Dr. Lecter which is a balding cannibal psychiatrist (Silence of the Lamb) gains the top spot and a quick google on top comic villain includes Ming the Merciless and Lex Luthor were present on the list. Who would of course forget recent movie villain like Voldemort, ooops! He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Nizam of Prince of Persia and the list goes on.

Locally, anyone within my generation knows “Anak ni Baby Ama” as portrayed by Robin Padilla which is undeniably an icon of anti-heroes. So wearing a bald head can give you a nick name “Baby Ama! Baby Ama!”. Talk about stereotypes eh?! Ever hear of the street saying “Kalbo masamang tao” (bald people are bad)? Guess what, top ten evil men wears a decent hair cut! HA!

So what else is in store for us shaved headed (or bald, intended or naturally) people?

In reality, being bald has its advantages over those suave so full of hair heads, and here are some it:

1. ECONOMY. Imagine how much shampoo will you save? You are free from using hair gels, polishers and wax which prices are not safe from fluctuations on the global stock market!

2. IT KEEPS YOU FROM GETTING LATE. While the rest of the students are sculpting their heads, you could just quickly put your uniform after taking a bath a viola! Your good to go and avoid the rush!

3. GIVES YOU MORE FOCUS ON STUDIES. While others are busy checking hair styles re-combing and reapplying wax, you could just sit back, relax, read more, and listen well to lectures since you won’t be so conscious if your hair is still neat and in place. You’ll be in honors list in no time! 😀

I do not have against so called “proper” haircuts or anything nor want to argue bout school policies, it’s just that we could focus more on things beyond the superficial hair styles but focus whats inside which would really show the true decency in them.

My two cents.

For the mean while, I’ll have to enjoy gazing at the moon!

Saturn after the Storms in Manila

Its been a rainy week here in Manila, classes and work were suspended because of Juaning and  Kabayan which a few (or a lot?) students enjoyed. I did  also enjoy the “holiday” but that could be my chance to stay up late and do some observations but obviously that type of vacation for a casual amateur astronomer could not enjoy .  😦

I’ve been itching to try and image Saturn for quite some time to test my Philips ToUcam which I acquired through  but due to busy schedule and the wet seasons it was all but a plan. Then finally, just right after typhoon left the country,  I was able to get to see stars, moon and planets once again ! Yey! 😀

Seeing conditions are limited greatly by fast moving clouds, strong winds coming from south and Saturn starting set early at around 40degrees above the horizon (9:00 Local Time).