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Member Reports from Fernando Roquel Torres

Aug 01

Closest Planet Mars Observation and Astronomical Facts from Caguas, Puerto Rico

I did an astronomical activity for all my followers at social media for July 30 and 31 of 2018. The planet Mars is in its approach to our planet and it is time to talk a little about this astronomical event that fascinates us all. From Caguas, Puerto Rico, I share with you these informative facts about the Red Planet and the observations you make as an amateur. The video report is in Spanish language. I hope you enjoy it Clear skies for all For view the video report, please click link below Read More...

Jul 30

The opposition of Planet Mars - Caguas, Puerto Rico

I include the results of the astrophotography that we made live from the observation of the opposition of Mars on July 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm from Caguas, Puerto Rico. The astrophotographers are Fernando Roquel Torres and Erica Correa Felix. In this photo you can show how the dust of the sahara can affect the captures, also the red planet was covered by a storm of dust which can be perceived in the photograph. That did not prevent observing its polar ice caps and regions of the planet. Read More...

Jun 16

Opposition of Saturn 6/15/2017

The Astrofotografia y Ciencia Team (Fernando Roquel Torres and Erica Correa Felix), was given the task of introducing enthusiasts in astronomy, astrophotography and space exploration through social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram) the event o f the opposition of Saturn since RoquelObservatory in Caguas, Puerto Rico on 6/15/2017. The opposition of Saturn is known as that this planet is in the opposite direction with our star the Sun. The Earth is in the middle of Saturn and the Sun getting closer to us. In the planetary simulator Stellarium indicates that it is 9,043 astronomical units (1,352,773,000 km). This distance although... Read More...

May 30

Capture of Comet C/2015 V2 Johnson

I share my capture of comet C / 2015 V2 Johnson from Caguas, Puerto Rico on May 27, 2017. This capture was with DSLR camera and tripod without using telescope or self-guided mount. It was 50 photos of 5 seconds. For more information, you can access my blog: Read More...

May 14

Scientific Project to Search for Extrasolar Planets at the Arecibo Observatory

Our team of Astrofotografia y Ciencia (Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres and Professor Erica Correa Felix) was invited by Prof. Abel Méndez, who is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo studying the Potential for the life of the planets, to a Scientific Project to Search for Extrasolar Planets at the Arecibo Observatory on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. From the beginning, Professor Méndez was demonstrating the equipment in the control room of the most sensitive radio telescope in the world. Professor Mendez explained... Read More...

May 07

Educational Visit to the Arecibo Observatory - May 5, 2017

On May 5, 2017, first and second grade students from Cipriano Manrique Elementary School in Caguas, Puerto Rico were able to enjoy an educational visit to the Arecibo Observatory accompanied by our resource and Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres. Our Solar System Ambassador was as a guide illustrating everything concerning the meteorites of the place. It also explained how the Radiotelescope works which does not use visible light, but radio and radar waves for its investigations . With the wonderful view of the Gregorian dome of the Radiotelescope, our Solar System Ambassador was explaining to... Read More...

Apr 30

GAM 2017 - Astronomical Educational Talk "Astronomia y Astrofotografia para Aficionados" in Caribbean University Bayamon Campus, Puerto Rico

On April 29, 2017, from 10am, an educational talk entitled "Astronomy and Astrophotography for Amateurs" was given to teachers, students and guests at the Caribbean University Bayamón, Puerto Rico. This is due to the celebration of the Global Astronomy Month (GAM 2017). From the beginning of the talk, people participated interactively with our Solar System Ambassador Fernando Roquel Torres on everything related to astrophotography, its uses in the field of astronomy and how to envelop students to have a better understanding of the cosmos. Professor Erica Correa Felix was collaborating in the captures of the photos for evidence of the... Read More...

Apr 08

Capture of opposition's Jupiter

We share this astrophotography about the opposition of the planet Jupiter! This time our collaborator in astrophotography and Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres shares his capture result of the observation live through Facebook Live about this event. In this photo you can see the 4 Galilean moons (IO, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto), the Great Red Spot (GRS), demonstrating little by little and the Planet with its Jovian bands. This capture was at 8:30 pm on 7/4/2017 Read More...

Apr 05

GAM 2017 - Astronomical Educational Talk "Astronomia y Astrofotografia para Aficionados" at Universidad del Turabo - Gurabo, Puerto Rico

I share photos of the astronomical educational talk "Astronomia y Astrofotografia para Aficionados" at Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. From the beginning of the talk, our Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres was able to capture the attention of those present explaining what is astronomy and astrophotography in an easy, fun and interesting language for the general public using technology as Our best ally in the search for knowledge of the cosmos. Professor Erica Correa Felix was doing the photographs of the event... Read More...

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: 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: 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: 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: Read More...

Nov 18

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

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

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

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

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. Read More...

Aug 04

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

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

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

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

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...