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Lagoon Nebula

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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by John Nassr

Clear sky finally graced the monsoon season last night and I could not resist to at least attempt a quick image of a bright and easy to find target. I swept the dark sky with binoculars and was quickly attracted to the glow of the Milky Way and the obvious nebulosity of the Lagoon Nebula, M8 in Sagittarius. I decided to use an uncooled Nikon D7000 color camera partly to test its high ISO capabilities and partly to make sure I would be able to still bag an image even if clouds suddenly got in the way, which was simply too risky if I used a monochrome camera requiring four filters to go through. The result of my test is a 2-minute exposure of M8 at ISO6400.

The Supermoon

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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by Roland Roldan

Supermoon, May 5, 2012,: 7:48:48, 99.3 Full Moon ("moontaged" with passing clouds and clear sky). Taken at Muntinlupa City, Philippines.

Saturn April 9, 2012

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by John Nassr

Saturn is just a week away from opposition and has grown to 19 arc seconds at the equator. Sharp details were elusive with mediocre seeing but large features are nonetheless captured. The rings continue to tilt toward Earth.

Venus and Jupiter Dance Together This Week

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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Photo below by Anthony Urbano taken at PAGASA Observatory March 15, 2012.


Photo above by Margie Parinas on February 22 taken at De La Salle University after the NAW Symposium.

Venus and Jupiter have been dancing toward each other in the night sky for months, and they'll finally come together this week in a dazzling show for skywatchers.

Beginning tonight (March 12), the two brightest planets in the sky will be so close together that you'll be able to block both of them out with a few fingers held at arm's length. The celestial action peaks Thursday (March 15), when Venus and Jupiter line up in what's known as a planetary conjunction.

Venus-Jupiter conjunctions are fairly special events, occurring roughly every 13 months. And this one should be the best conjunction for several years to come for viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, experts say, because the two planets will be visible for so long in the evening sky. At mid-northern latitudes on Thursday, the pair should blaze bright over the western horizon for about four hours after sunset.

Though Jupiter is about 11 times wider than the roughly Earth-size Venus, Venus shines much more brightly than the gas giant from our perspective — about eight times more brightly this week, in fact. [Video: Jupiter & Venus Loom Large] (Photo above by Margie Parinas, PAS)

Comet Garradd C2009 P1

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by John Nassr

Comet Garradd C 2009 P1 is just a few days from closest approach to Earth. It glows at magnitude 7 and is easy to detect in a pair of 10x50 binoculars. The comet is quite extensive and easily spans over two degrees of sky or four full moon widths. (Imaged March 1, 2012)

Moon-Jupiter Close Pairing

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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by Anthony Urbano

Shell Galaxy in Color

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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by John Nassr

NGC 474 is a classic shell galaxy interacting with its smaller neighbor NGC 470. This strikingly unusual galaxy is also listed as ARP 227 in Halton Arp's Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies.


I was inspired to attempt imaging it after discovering an earlier image by Mischa Schrimer The evolution and mechanics of galaxy shells is well expounded on in the excellent work of Ken Crawford in collaboration with professional astronomers

Star Trails at Basilan

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Just arrived from Basilan on an assignment. The sky's clear. Nighttime, I

left my cam at the rooftop of the hut we spent the night. The result:


I did only this shot (nighttime) as its too dangerous to venture outside

during nighttime up to early mornings. You can view my full Basilan gallery:








Lonely Perseid Meteor

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM Comments comments (3)

Just frustrating........the clouds, the clouds hovering over Muntinlupa........luckily the sky opened up for a few minutes.


Cropped image.......10 minutes on bulb mode, 50 f1.4 Pentax MZ-20, cropped image, August 15, 2010, 10pm.


Perseid Observation

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM Comments comments (1)

I was staying at a friend's cottage last week and we had perfect weather for observing the Perseids. The cottage is on the east shore of Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. The nearest town is Parry Sound with a population of about 20,000, but it is about 40 kilometers to the south so the sky is very dark and free of artificial light. Of course it was just after the new Moon, so that also helped.

My friends and I went out around 11 pm and lay on the granite rocks beside the lake and stared up at the glorious sight of the Milky Way overhead. Every few minutes one of us would call out "There's another!" or "Wow, look at that one." I also set up my camera and telescope, but I wasn't too successful with those. The wind that was helping to blow away the mosquitoes was strong enough to shake the camera and telescope.

I'll try to attach the best photo here and see if I can post it in the Photography section. The view was straight up towards the constellation Cygnus. You can see some of the Milky Way, and there is a faint streak of a Perseid in the lower left corner of the photo. More photos from this vacation are posted at my profile on Facebook.