I was pleasantly surprised again to receive the wonderful news that my Simeis 147 image was selected as AAPOD for March 22. This is my sixth and hopefully not the last!
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
I promised myself that I will be more active in posting my astro related activities this year. To start the season, I, together with hardcore astro buddies went to our favorite site in Buso-buso, Antipolo City to attempt some astro imaging. There was no particular object in mind that I liked to image. However, a few unfinished H-alpha images from last year needed color data so I reckoned that that's what I would do. Fist was IC59/63 followed by Simeis 147. I had to struggle with the positioning of my filter wheel as I could not frame objects as I would like them to be. Oh, and the trees have grown tall already! I had to reposition the whole astro imaging rig five times just to clear the obstructing branches and leaves. In spite of all of the challenges, the night was sweet as the skies were mostly clear. I just had to take an image of Comet Catalina in the northern sky before packing up.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
I was too busy travelling since the start of the year that I had no time to do serious imaging. My list of objects-to-image hardly gets read. The scope and camera were not removed from their cases, batteries were drained, and dust accumulated on the mount. Until last week. . . The sight of Polaris peeking through the clouds gave me enough enthusiasm to set up my gears and waited for Cepheus to rise up in the northern sky. Whew!.. I almost never remembered how to do the usual set-up after in hiatus for half-year. Eventually, things worked out and the sky cleared up long enough for me to accumulate a couple of hours worth of images in hydrogen-alpha. Can't wait for the next season to get the color data!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
When it rains, it pours! My Crescent Nebula image taken at home was chosen as AAPOD for November 16, 2014. This is my fourth AAPOD image. Hope that this will not be the last. Modesty aside, I take enormous pride when my images are recognized by an international amateur astronomy organization. It somehow takes away the tiredness and expenses associated with astro imaging. Thus, a nice self-reward is in order. Now, where is the best ice-blended mocha coffee . . .