Sunday, September 14, 2014

October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse

There will be a total lunar eclipse that will be visible in Eastern Asia on October 8, 2014. The Moon will become reddish in color during its 1 hour of totality phase. But since the Moon will be passing to the north of Earth's umbral center region, this will be a relatively bright total lunar eclipse with the southern part of the Moon showing a darker coppery red tint compare to its northern polar region area. Nevertheless, this will still be a very nice eclipse as the planet Uranus will be situated more or less about 1 degree NW of the Moon during totality phase. For Manila and rest of the Philippines, the first part of penumbra and early part of umbral (partial) stage will not be visible as the Moon will rise 20 minutes after the Moon enters partial phase :( But we will be able to observe the rest of the eclipse phase till it exits the penumbra at around 9:34pm. For any inquiry on the total lunar eclipse, please contact ALP President James Kevin Ty at +639178559863 and ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu at +639193057176 . Feel free to share.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Imaging Session - September 12, 2014

The sky this morning is very cloudy ! I can see the Sun glow forcing its way out from the smallest cloud openings. Since I was very eager to monitor the 2 large sunspot groups so I still proceeded to setup my solar white light scope at around 7:20am and was able to see a small cloud opening for me to image the 2 two groups before I got clouded out and obstructed by the damn tall buildings! To my surprise despite the horrific clouds, the moment of seeing when I was imaging 12158 sunspot group is excellent! It was only maybe less than 2 minutes of excellent seeing before it starts to deteriorate right away! Nevertheless, I was able to still get a decent shot of 12157 sunspot group before it got clouded out again :) Feeling lucky I should say :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - September 11, 2014

The sky this evening is clear so I did some lunar imaging to practice on close up shots of the moon craters. Seeing condition is also not bad. I also image the waning gibbous at full disk shot as well as some interesting crater regions such as Petravius, Endymion and Furnerius crater regions.

Solar Imaging Session - September 11, 2014

The sky this morning is clear and seeing is not bad. AR12158 and 12157 Sunspot Groups are the groups to be monitored as they show very nice umbral and penumbral structures. Also, early this morning , Sunspot AR12158 erupted on Sept. 10th at 17:46 UT (Sept 11th 1:46am Philippine Time) producing an X1.6-class solar flare. I was only able to get some of the remnants of that flare this morning. There is a nice group of eruptive prominence that is visible in the SE limb but the rest of the solar limb in Ha is quiet. Numerous flares can still be seen specially on AR12157 Sunspot Group as well as AR12158 Sunspot Group. Overall, a nice solar imaging session as I was able also to do both white light full and high resolution and Ha images as well.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Solar Imaging Session - September 7, 2014

The sky this morning is hazy and seeing condition is poor. There are 2 nice large sunspot group in the eastern limb AR12158 and 12155 Sunspot Groups. Several nice large eruptive prominences are also visible. Sigh! Hope to get better seeing conditions ion the days to come.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Solar Imaging Session - September 5, 2014 (Huge Eruptive Prominence!)

The sky this morning is partly clear and lots of clouds as well. I quickly scan the Sun in Ha wavelength and saw a huge eruptive prominence in the NW limb! The previous long dark filament is still visible but has partly rotated out of the NW limb already. But another new one is visible near the center of the solar disk. I got to image several sunspot groups AR12156, 12155, 12154, 12152 and 12153 before clouds covered the Sun again :( Sigh!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Reprocessed Constellation Orion Region

I have nothing to do this evening that I want to reprocess some old astro image so I pulled out one of my earlier March 1, 2014 image of Constellation Orion Region shot taken through my modified Canon EOS 1000D DSLR with Canon EFS 10-22mm set at 22mm on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker. Exposure was 30 minutes at ISO 1600. BEFORE