My Astronomy Facebook Page

•August 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I just created a Facebook page for my astronomy activities and updates on Philippine astronomy. Please like my page at https://www.facebook.com/stellasgaze2328

To the stars!

Lost and Found Astrophotography items

•February 21, 2015 • 1 Comment

Yes, you’ve read that right. I thought I lost my DSLR camera and telescope accessories a month ago. But I thank God that although I’ve heard that lost items were often impossible to be retrieved by this company, I still got my items back and in good condition.

My friends and colleagues in the astronomy community know how much I value my astrophotography items. As much as I want to sell some of them (because I no longer use them often), I usually change my mind as I couldn’t bear to see them gone. When that company told us that my items were lost, I didn’t cry but remained calm as I already accepted the fact that sending such package via shipment is a big risk. Still, the thought of losing my astro items forever and probably spending again for a hobby is totally devastating. A week after that news, the company said it seems there’s a chance in getting my items back. It’s a good thing I have photos of each item included in the package and this helped the company in their search.

I think my case is extremely rare as most reviews and feedback over the internet and with the people I’ve talked to about their experience with the company’s service were really bad and disappointing. Some were reported stolen and others got their items back but no longer in good condition.

I am sharing this experience as I know a lot of my readers would like to buy telescopes and some are even thinking of buying abroad. Make sure that the company has good reputation and track record of their services and if you have a choice, get or bring the items yourself. I should have brought my camera and other accessories with me but due to health problems, I need to avoid carrying too much stuff.

Above all, I thank God for such favor.

To the stars!

Sunrise

•February 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

In Manila, I have a view of the sunset from my room. Here, I see sunrise…

Moon and Jupiter (February 2015)

•February 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My images of the close pairing of the moon and Jupiter last Feb 3, 2015 and Feb 4, 2015.

Moon and Jupiter (Feb 3)

Moon and Jupiter image taken with iPhone 5C

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Moon and Jupiter image taken with Canon 50D

 

Pleiades star cluster (iPhone image)

•February 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Image taken with an iPhone 5C on C70 refractor telescope. I guess this is not a bad image for a smartphone. To the stars!

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iPhone image of Jupiter and its moons

•February 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Jupiter and its 4 major moons are visible tonight. Unfortunately, this is the best image I could get with an iPhone and a 90mm Mak-Cass telescope. There should be 4 moons in the image. :(

iPhone adapter for astrophotography

•January 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A friend asked me where to buy an adapter to mount the smartphone on the telescope. I am using this adapter for my iPhone to take moon and stars pictures through a telescope and I highly recommend it. I bought it in the US but not sure if they also sell it in the Philippines. Please let us know if you find it available in the Philippines. 

To the stars!

The Orion Nebula (iPhone image)

•January 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I observed the Orion Nebula a few hours ago using a C70 refractor telescope mounted on Vixen Polarie. I have a good view of the northern sky in my current location in Europe, so it’s very easy for me to align the Polarie to the north star. I’m amazed as it can track the Orion Nebula more than 5 minutes! How I wish I have my DSLR to get long exposure images.

Here’s my observation setup:

 

And my image of the Orion Nebula with an iPhone mounted on this setup:

 

I still prefer my Orion Nebula images taken with a DSLR . I miss my DSLR camera very much but it looks like I won’t be able to get it anytime soon. :'(

 
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