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!

June 30, 2015 Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

•July 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Thanks to a friend who allowed me to borrow his viewing deck for an hour, I got to see this celestial wonder in the western sky. The weather also cooperated this time unlike in the past few months where I always fail to observe astronomical events because of cloud cover. I also thank God for the time.

Below are my images of the beautiful conjunction last night:

                 Venus and Jupiter only 1/3 deg apart above the western horizon

Before I started my observation, I first took an image of the moonrise in the east, It was a lovely sight. I think Lottie enjoyed it too haha!

                       Moonrise at 10:30pm

          Lottie enjoyed the view too, haha!

Stargazer Lottie

•April 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

As soon as I learned about this doll from Facebook, I didn’t hesitate getting one. It’s too cute and somehow reminds me of my photo taken at the Manila Observatory roof deck 5 years ago.

The Stargazer Lottie doll was created to encourage young girls into stargazing and a female astrophysicist helped on its design. Cool, isn’t it? :)

I just received my Stargazer Lottie today, and as you can see, it’s not wearing a winter jacket and a hat because it’s already spring! I highly recommend this doll to women of all ages. Own one or give it as a gift to young girls you know. :)

To the stars!

Moonrise on the other side

•April 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The April 4, 2015 lunar eclipse was not visible here but I’m glad that the moon tonight looked like it was eclipsed…by clouds, hahahaha! :)

Good Friday Moon

•April 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Image taken with iPhone 5c and Skywatcher 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope:

Solar image taken with an iPhone

•April 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My image of the sun using an iPhone 5C and Skywatcher 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with a Baader solar filter.

This image was taken 2 days before the March 20, 2015 solar eclipse. Unfortunately, poor weather prevented me for witnessing the event. :(

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…

 
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