My Trip to Langkawi National Observatory (LNO)

As mentioned in the previous post, I spent the days before Chinese New Year at the Langkawi National Observatory (LNO). LNO is located at Langkawi Island, the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The observatory houses a 20” RC telescope at its Stellar Observatory and 2 units of 6” refractor as its main telescope in the Solar Observatory.

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I spent 3 nights awake at the observatory and the rest of the days sleeping. Although occasionally there were some clouds, overall the weather can be considered good. With only a camera and a tripod, I don’t have much choice of the type of images to shoot, so I stick to taking star trails of the constellations.

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I was fortunate, however, to have the chance to play around with the 20” telescope, and it was fun! Everything is computerised so I mainly click around the PC and set the telescope in motion. I even tried to take a few images through its CCD camera and fiddled around with its filters. Easily, within seconds, I got my object. I’m no expect in image processing, thus have no idea at all how to process the images. I post two of the images straight from the camera here (M42 & M79), just for fun.

The best part of this trip was I saw Mercury in one of the mornings while shooting the crescent Moon. OK, it didn’t sound like a big deal, but to me, it was the first time I saw Mercury! Can you believe it?? After 10 years of observation, this was my first time seeing the innermost planet!

All in all, it was a nice trip to the observatory, although biologically I messed up my system by not having proper meals, waking at night and sleeping in the day.

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~ by thChieh on February 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “My Trip to Langkawi National Observatory (LNO)”

  1. Hi, I will be visiting Langkawi soon and would also love to visit the Observatory. How were you able to do this?

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