Telescopes, Astronomy, Meteorites, etc Telescopes, Astronomy, Meteorites, etc Joel Munoz and Me, Buso-buso, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain, 2004 Joel built the country's first truss-type dob, and I can see he is a minimalist. I am an engineer, and when I built mine, I wish to have it a bit oversized for added strength anywhere anyplace. We were there at TGPM to spend three nights purely observing, but as luck would have it, we were both clouded out. We spent our nights under the retreat house's airconditoned roofs, chatting and seemingly unknowing what to do. Since it is a private property, we "left" the scopes as is (shown in the picture) in the woods, not minding if the rains would pour suddenly. Such was my peak apetite in astronomy those days, Observing is King. Now?, geez, there are certainly more cheesy things to do! Haha 118051682 10 inch Truss Type Dobsonian made by...Who else? So, an idea was hatched, Joel was there to give it a push, a book I read provided where to get the screws and locks, and a 10 inch mirror seemingly misplaced for quite some time. After 4 months of sweat and knuckle pains, the new 10 inch dob rises from the ground. First light was fabulous, Jupiter was the best I've ever seen. Observed three comets in one night in Caliraya, drew the s-shaped figure of M33 in Triangulum and of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51, and last but not the least, Quasar 3C273 and Pluto appeared in my field of view. 118051683 M42 Great Orion Nebula This photo was taken with my Nikon Digicam and riding on a scope and mount of the "great one" (note, small letters!), which only shows, even small digicam can do surprises. 118051685 Total Lunar Eclipse Of a forgotten year. Hey, this I made in an untracked mount. Hello. Got it? Sometimes astrophotography need not be expensive. A tracking mount is not all necessary sometimes. 118051686 Sun in Hydrogen Alpha Coronado SM 40, while still unattached with Meade, was a solar observer's delightful piece. This is an image of the Sun, with little Mercury transiting its disk (find the almost perfect dot) taken 2005. Those were the days...yawn. 118051687 2009 January Partial Solar Eclipse at Sunset Bravo! Atop the World Trade Exchange in Binondo, I captured this shot with my girlfriend Sally on the penthouse helipad. A good preview for the year's total eclipse in Shanghai. 118051688 Prominences, the Sun's best attractor People buy an Hydrogen Alpha filter to see the Sun's prominences, if not, you would have to wait for a total solar eclipse. This image is of the juicy type, prominences of arcs lend to its artistry, the sun never looked this good! 118051689 Solar Features Galore Filaments, plages, prominences, sunspots, granulation, all visible at the same time in a classic rendition of how we want our Sun to look like. Image processing is deadly concoction of art, science, risk and talent. I guess I don't have any of them, so I sold away my Coronado SM40! 118051690 Aubrey Whymark lectures about tektites in PAS-NAW Opening 2011 February 19, 2011. Aubrey Whymark, the country's best tektite collector, graced the opening day of Philippine Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Week for 2011. He brought in a lot of good, really good tektites to have a hands-on experience with the audience. Audiences composed of teachers, coaches for the students participating in a contest hosted by PAS. Plus, everybody got to bring home a tektite gift from Aubrey himself! 118417353 Philippine Astronomical Society with Aubrey Whymark I once introduced Aubrey to PAS as someone who knows Stephen Hawking, and he protested loudly: "Not very accurate! I just met him in a drinking session in Oxford, but I personally met Patrick Moore when I was a teenager!" Not bad, not bad. 118417354 Ningbo, Chinese Iron Meteorite Lovely regmaglypts. The photos here constitute the collection of meteorites in Beijing Planetarium. Though conservative, the display betrays the amount of interest the public gives to meteorites. I think meteorites, as genuine stuffs from space, more hands-on than any astronomy hobbyists, demand more respect someday. 126876487 Nantan, Chinese Iron Meteorite A rusting hulk. 126876489 Carbonaceous Chondrites. Allende big individual and slice as the centerpiece of this very important variety. 126876491 Imilac, Stony Iron. 126876492 Rear side of Carbonaceous Display 126876493 Fusion Crusted Stony Meteorites 126876494 Allende at 200g? Fusion-crusted beauty of once-argued Seeds of Life meteorites. 126876496 Dong Ujimquin, Mesosiderite Hard to spell, hard to pronounce, hard to swallow. 126876497 Nantan at 680kg! My partner Jonathan was doubtful, though I reckoned it from afar as that of Nantan, because Nantan is local in China, and sometimes outsiders would like to call "cheap iron", so the cost of acquiring it, may be minimal (my guess). 126876502 Nantan and Me! Finally, a meteorite big enough to lean on to! I had this privilege of holding an iron this size, definitely an centerpiece in the outer grounds of Beijing Planetarium. 126876503 Sauropod Mamanchisaurus. The sheer size of this replica is breath-taking. Our giraffe would be a shame beside this. I now grasped the text-book declared size of these creatures, certainly, hard to fathom and compare. 126876505 Theropod, the real McCoy This thing stands out, because it is not a replica, unlike the other biggies in the museum. Silly me, I forgot to get hold of its name, any volunteers to label it? 126876506 T-Rex dines in Machete. Machete lives. Machete kills. Machete kills again. Now, Machete is tonight's dinner plate for the roadrunner from hell? Why do I call it roadrunner? Because its skull is all synonymous to a bird's skull. 126876507 A Lovebite turned Deadly. What used to be a simple kissmark turned fatal for our unfortunate friend Stegosaurus. Next time when a T-Rex asked for a kiss, get an insurance agent to cushion the bite. 126876508 Mammoth or Stegodon? Too big, too tall to ponder upon. I am lost for words if I'll call this...whateverdon. This monster certainly shook the earth while throwing its weight around. 126876510 Smilodon, smile! What do you call a tiger that smiles? A Smilodon! Machete smiles and posed in front of Smilodon, our beloved Saber-tooth Tiger. 126876511 Iron Meteorite Slice. Coarse Widmanstatten pattern. 126877665 Skeletons of Ice Age We got along well, together. 126876512