Stargazing at Boso-Boso, Antipolo
I would like to thank Nathaniel Custodio, Irving Raymundo, Joel Munoz, and Robert for the company and astrophotography tips last Saturday. It was an honor to be with like-minded hardcore amateur astronomers. Hence, my night sky observation in Antipolo was one of my most memorable stargazing experience.
At first, I was planning to go to Caliraya but it was too far and a bit hassle for me. Thus, I decided to observe to a nearer place in order to meet and observe with veteran amateur astronomers.
The night sky in Boso-Boso was totally remarkable. For the first time, I saw the Ring nebula, Dumbbell nebula, Trifid nebula and Lagoon Nebula. The Beehive cluster and Omega Centauri were surprisingly visible with the naked eye (This is impossible in my area!). Moreover, I saw 9 bright meteors. The seventh one has a blue-green flash feature with smoke trail lasting for 3 seconds! But the most astonishing of them all was the Milky Way band. Finally after 7 years, I got to see it again. Its celestial beauty never fails to entice me.
As always, I never ended my observing session without taking pictures. It was hard to do visual and imaging at the same time. A part of me wanted to just stare at the stars and savor its amazing beauty, but there was also a part of me wanted to record every moment and place it in my blog. Fortunately, I managed to do both.
Observing the night sky with astrophotographers was definitely a new experience. It inspired me to upgrade my skills in astrophotography. I hope I’ll be able to image deep-sky objects like these guys do. You should see their awe-inspiring celestial images and jaw-dropping equipment. All of these were out of passion and patience with this hobby. 🙂
Again, I would like to thank them for giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward for more observations with them.
To the stars! 🙂