April 15, 2023 ALP Global Astronomy Month Astro Webinar Talk

Please join us online this coming April 15, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (8:00 a.m. EST), as we celebrate Global Astronomy Month.

There will be two online talks to be given by our Astronomical League of the Philippines members. The first talk will be on “The EQMOD Platform” by Mr. Raymund Sarmiento.  EQMOD is an open-source software project that was initially developed by a team of amateur astronomers led by Mr. Sarmiento. The project was started in the early 2000s as a way to provide computer control of equatorial telescope mounts, which can be used for astrophotography and other observational purposes. The development of EQMOD was made possible through the collaborative efforts of a community of amateur astronomers who contributed their time, skills, and resources to create an open-source software platform that is available to everyone. Today, EQMOD continues to be developed and maintained by a community of volunteers who support the software and its users.

The second talk will be on “Remote Astrophotography: The dream, the challenges” by Mr. Enrico Africa, who is also a member of the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Mr. Africa will discuss the options available for  remote astrophotography and the solutions he had discovered  based on his own experience. He will specifically mention what one would need in doing remote astronomical photography in terms of hardware and software requirements as well as what are currently available. Enrico “Eric” Africa is a passionate amateur astronomer and astrophotographer and had been interested in astronomy for most of his life The apparition of Comet Hyakutake (C/1996 B2) in 1996 triggered his interest in observational astronomy. Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) in 1997 got him into astrophotography, first using film, and then digital imaging starting in 2001. Many of his images have been featured in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Magazine and Astronomy Now magazines. He has been using a remote observatory in the dark skies of New Mexico since 2011.

Register now for this free Zoom online talks using this link – bit.ly/3Ktk7nW or by scanning the QR code in the poster shown here using your cellphone camera.

After registration, check your registered e-mail for the Zoom meeting link. See you!