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MARCH 4, 2007 LUNAR ECLIPSE OBSERVATION REPORT

by James Kevin Ty 

ALP president James Kevin Ty went to his usual working schedule there in  Legaspi City, Albay last March 3.  Since this coincides with the Total Lunar Eclipse (Partial here in the Philippines as the Moon sets before totality started.) that was visible here in the Philippines, he used this opportunity to observe the event at this vantage point.  He was able to coordinate with ALP VP Jett Aguilar who will lead a team to observe the event at the roofdeck of the PAGASA Observatory together with some members of the society. 

In the night before the eclipse, the usually clear skies had turn sour and thus the entire sky was mostly clouded out the whole evening.  James was communicating with Jett's group in PAGASA as well the fellow amateur astronomer Dr. Armando Lee's group in Antipolo in a regular basis to check on their weather outlook there.

In Legaspi City, the weather was also not cooperating in the early evening as it rain the entire afternoon till early evening.  But things went for the better at around 8:30pm when the clouds started to break up and the glorious Full Moon greeted him so James was all smiles so he started to inform the other groups about the possibility of being able to observe the event here.  But unfortunately, weather outlook in the Northern Luzon as well as Manila area didn't improve and till the morning of March 4, the sky was totally clouded out :(

With a good chance to observe this event, James setup a simple tripod mounted zoom lens which he was able to borrow from his good photographer friend Ariel Chua of Studioworks there in Legaspi City and was able to image through small patches of clouds still trying to ruin his imaging session.  But with some good luck, James managed to image the event till the Moon sets and  was covered by thick horizon clouds at around 5:50am.

Nevertheless, the event was successfully documented and the images can be viewed below:

 

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