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Member Reports from Fernando Roquel Torres

Mar 20

Educational Talk "Astronomy and Astrophotography for Amateurs" at the Inter American University Ponce Campus of Puerto Rico

Our collaborator in astrophotography and Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres and professor Erica Correa Félix gave an inspiring talk to young people from the Upward Bound Math and Science program at the Universidad Interamericana precinct of Ponce of Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 18, 2017 From 9:00 am to 11:00 am These young people who are in 9th grade participated in an educational talk about astronomy and astrotography in an easy-to-understand language, at their level and integrating all the technologies that young people of their age use daily. The educational environment was totally participatory in... Read More...

Feb 16

Educational Talk of New Horizon Updates!

I share with Astronomers without Borders community this educational talk about New Horizon updates spoken in spanish. To view the educational talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLoc5VIGOwo Read More...

Feb 07

Educational Talk with Moon and Planets Observation in Caguas, Puerto Rico

Bo. Borinquen Parcelas Viejas Parque de Pelota February 4, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm We want to thank the more than 70 people who could attend the activity on educational talk "Astronomy and Astrophotography for Amateurs" beginning at 7:30 pm ending at 8:30 pm and observing through telescopes the planets Venus and Mars from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We were illustrating the position of the constellation Orion the hunter in the sky while demonstrating projected astrophotographs of the Orion nebula and the Trapezium. Professor Erica Correa attending one of the telescopes demonstrating the planet Venus. The Solar System... Read More...

Jan 29

Report on The Solar Filters Recommendations for the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

I share with you an YouTube report on solar filters for the partial and total solar eclipse event on August 21, 2017 For view the YouTube report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on2vuKq1i5k Read More...

Jan 24

Primera Capsúla Informativa sobre el Eclipse Solar Total y Parcial en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico en el 2017

I share to you this report of Total and Partial Solar Eclipse event in August 21, 2017 in USA and Puerto Rico To view the report, please click YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u6emo_s_YU&t=4s Read More...

Jan 16

Charla Astronomia y Astrofotografia para Aficionados

I share a talk about Amateur's Astronomy and Astrophotography for the entire enthusiast community in astronomy on social networks. To access the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeAub0Xg1_I Read More...

Nov 18
2016

A great space adventure in the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

The adventure begins on the morning of November 17, 2016. Our destination is the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) in the town of Bayamón, Puerto Rico as part of a school tour. The first and second grade students of Cipriano Manrique's Elementary School of Caguas, PR are eager to see the planetarium. The resources in astronomy are the amateur astrophotographer and the communicator in astronomy Fernando Roquel Torres and the professor Érica Correa Félix, (both members of Astrofotografia y Ciencia and Astronomers without Borders). Students identified the planet Saturn and its striking rings, asteroids, comets and a galaxy painted... Read More...

Sep 25
2016

Astronomical Night in Caguas, Puerto Rico - Sept 24, 2016

The Cipriano Manrique's First Grade school students enjoyed an astronomical observation in Urb. Borinquen Valley of Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday night September 24, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. These small astronomy enthusiasts were able to observe and contemplate the rings of the planet Saturn and its moon Titan seen of telescope by amateur Astrophotographer and communicator in astronomy Fernando Roquel Torres while Professor Erica Correa Felix explained the students about meteorites that took for activity. Many parents marveled as the king of the rings could be seen through the telescope as the planet was identified in the... Read More...

Sep 13
2016

Journey to M42 - Orion Nebula and The Trapezium

Come with me to an interesting journey to the Great Orion Nebula in Orion Constellation and the depths of the cluster of stars called the Trapezium. September 11, 2016 To the journey, press Here Read More...

Sep 06
2016

Journey to Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko

The Rosetta spacecraft found Philae on September 2, 2016 on comet Churymov Gerasimenko. This motivates us to make a trip to the comet! For the space trip, click here: Journey to 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko Read More...

Aug 31
2016

Journey to Próxima b

Come with me to travel to an interesting and popular place among all amateur and professional astronomy community . This is Próxima b . Similar to ours in the star closest planet to the Sun called Proxima Centauri 4.2 light years away To travel with me to Próxima b, click below. http://astrofotografiayciencia.blogspot.com/2016/08/viaje-proxima-b.html Read More...

Aug 04
2016

Hoy no haré astrofotografía... solo observaré planetas

Saludos! Comparto esto con ustedes. Hoy no voy hacer astrofotografía como de costumbre.... hoy solo voy a observar planetas con el telescopio cual aprendí a amar todas las maravillas de nuestro sistema solar. Este telescopio cual abrió mis ojos a un mundo nuevo.... totalmente desconocido para mí. Ese telescopio que con tal esfuerzo y sacrificio compré en esa tienda reconocida de un centro comercial en el área metro de San Juan, Puerto Rico y esa misma noche supe el precio real de ese equipo astronómico por internet.... entre angustias por lo mucho que me costó aca en PR ($$$) y... Read More...

Jul 18
2016

Winner of the contest "Lets draw the planet Saturn! Luna Arocho Sosa 7 years old from Aguadilla Puerto Rico

On Saturday July 16, 2016, Luna Arocho Sosa 7 years old from Aguadilla Puerto Rico, the winner of the contest of "Let's draw the planet Saturn!" she met in person the Astrophotographer Amateur and Communicator in Astronomy Fernando Roquel Torres. Once Fernando arrive with his wife Amateur Astronomer and Teacher Erica Felix Correa, they gave it award prizes to the winner to meet the criteria of creativity, spacecraft Cassini / Huygens and positive message about space exploration. While he showed his awards honoree, (Stickers NASA and books about the solar system and the universe), it was explaining to his mother... Read More...

Jun 26
2016

Planetary Astrophotography - Planet Mars 6/25/2016

Hot night of June 25, 2016, I proposed to capture the planet Mars from my home in Caguas , Puerto Rico. I built my astronomical equipment (Meade LX90, Orion Mount Sirius EQ-G, barlow and camera Luminos Celestron NexImage 5) all controlled by stellarium scope and Celestron ASCOM drivers installed on a laptop Alienware 17. At 8:30 pm, I started capture the planet Mars at 25 fps a video of 3.30 minutes at 1024 x 768 resolution. The weather conditions were not optimal because it is going through a curtain of particulate dust of the Sahara. Once completed with a catch... Read More...

Jun 18
2016

Planet Saturn in rustic night

In clear night and warm temperature, i proposed to catch planet saturn in my town of Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/17/2016. The beautiful landscape of astronomical planet is was present (Mars, Moon, Saturn and the star Antares). Before I proceed with the astronomical activity, I lit the tiki torch in my backyard and I took a cold drink to continue my astronomical adventure. I was ready to record a lot of frames for planet Saturn with my astronomical equipment. The Telescope Meade LX90 and Celestron NexImage 5 Planetary camera. Later, i processed the videos with Castrator, Autostakkert, Registax and GIMP... Read More...

Jun 14
2016

Solar Astronomical Observation of Sunspots 2553 & 2554

I share my astronomical observation solar activity of sunspots from 2553 and 2554 in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/13/2006 - 2:30pm. The atmospheric conditions were Variable clouds. The Sunspot 2553 is larger than our planet Earth. You can see the penumbra Cleary and the umbra. Sunspot in 2554, is a group of spots, although not as large as 2553. The equipment used for this sun activity was the astronomical telescope Celestron 114mm and LCM Astromaster mount, the camera Celestron solar NexImage 5 and Seymour Solar Filter. LCM Scope mount with the Stellarium program controlled. I Included video on solar activity... Read More...

Jun 02
2016

Faces of Planet Mars

Compilation of several catches of planet Mars from Caguas, Puerto Rico. In this picture you can see several changes as the definition of the polar caps and cloud cover due to rotation and climate changes of the red planet It is remarkable to see the region of Tharsis and Olympus Mons covered with a cloud. Major Sytris regions, Arabia and Aeria and the great desert Amazonis largely dominates these catches. For these photos, a view of the sky dome fairly clean of dust and haze is required. A larger telescope 8 "opening for the resolution of the object and a... Read More...

May 24
2016

Opposition of Mars May 22, 2016

The opposition of Mars means when the red planet and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Mars looks in the east at sunset, amounting almost to be above our heads at midnight, and glows a bright orange color that is almost 10 times brighter than a star of the first magnitude. This event occurs every 26 months (Science @ NASA). The event began on Sunday May 22, 2016 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I began to prepare to capture this astronomical event. The weather did not help much as they had many clouds and windy. I am preparing... Read More...

May 17
2016

Leo Triplet

This photo was captured in Feb 6, 2016 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It's a compilation of 50 frames of 60 sec each. I used the astronomical equipment Meade LX90, Celestron Advance VX Mount, Canon Rebel EOS 450D XSi, Orion Autoguider. I used editing software PixInsight and GIMP for processing and plate solving and image annotate. For more information of this photo, go to this hyperlink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN-aSruTW_s Read More...

May 10
2016

Tránsito de Mercurio - Mayo 9, 2016

En la mañana del 9 de mayo del 2016, se presentía un ánimo de observación generalizada hacia el Sol algo timido debido a las constantes nubes que se presentaba en el entorno. Ya se presentaba avisos del tránsito de Mercurio en todos los medios noticiosos y prensa, evento que ocure 13 veces cada 100 años. Astrónomos y Astrofotógrafos Aficionados en todo el hemisferio se preparaban desde temprano sus equipos para poder observar y capturar ese evento único. En San Juan Puerto Rico, yo estaba haciendo lo propio, preparando mi camara Nikon Coolpix P500, el tripode y el filtro solar Seymor... Read More...

May 05
2016

NGC4038 / NGC4039 - The Antennae Galaxies

NGC4038 / NGC4039 - The Antennae Galaxies. Galactic collision sharing stellar material seen in the constellation Corvus. Both galaxies are in 45 million light years of Milky Way This photo was caught in april 26, 2015 in Caguas, Puerto Rico in average conditions. Technical details: 15 frames x 600 sec Meade LX90, Antares reducer f/6.3, Orion Sirius EQ-G Mount, Orion Autoguider, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Color. I include this Video - Blog where i explain some information about this galaxies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXX8l-dG-KA Read More...

Apr 29
2016

Marte Con Arte - MACU GAM 2016

Marte Con Arte - MACU is an exhibition on a model of Planet Mars made of resin with reliefs of the most important environments of the red planet. Allows blind people to feel with their hands and transported to places like the Tharsis region, Mount Olympus ( Olympus Mons ) Gale Crater , The deserts of Utopia and Aeria, Valles Marineris and the South Pole . O ther exhibitions on the Moon was also submitted, the Sun, a model of the Arecibo Observatory among others. This was presented by Dr. Gloria Maria Izidro Villamizar , the blind sculptor and lecturer... Read More...

Apr 24
2016

Charla "Astronomía y Astrofotografía para Aficionados" GAM 2016

We thank everyone who attended the educational talk and astronomical observation "Astronomía y Astrofotografía parea Aficionados " in Complex Technological Innovation at the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico last April 23, 2016 from 7:30 pm. T he use of the most common telescopes and planetary astrophotography, comets, nebulae, planetary nebulae and galaxies captured in the dark sky of Caguas, Puerto Rico was demonstrated. astronomical observation was also made to the planet Jupiter with its Galilean moons and a unique journey into the craters on the Moon projected live on a giant screen which all present learned and were... Read More...

Apr 20
2016

Studies on the Moon - Mons Pico (Mount Pico)

I share this study conducted on the Moon from Caguas, Puerto Rico 4/15/2016 - 7:30 pm. The approach was to Mount Pico. 2,400 m = 37km (measuring shadow) x 3.7 tg (Altitude of the Sun at the time) Read More...

Apr 17
2016

Activity "Vamos a Observar la Luna y al Planeta Jupiter!" GAM 2016

We want to thank the more than 50 people who attended the activity of Global Astronomy Month 2016 "Vamos a observar la Luna y al Planeta Jupiter" presented at the Passive Park Borinquen Valley I in Urb. Borinquen Valley in Caguas Puerto Rico this last Saturday April 16, 2016 from 8pm to 11pm. An educational lecture on astrophotography, astronomy and the use of telescopes for amateur astronomer Erica Felix Correa and Amateur Astrophotographer Fernando Roquel Torres. Shown astronomical observations were also made to the Craters of the Moon and the planet Jupiter with telescopes for the present while projected live... Read More...