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ALP MESSIER MARATHON 2007 REPORT - 2ND BATCH
March 24-25, 2007
by Peter Benedict Tubalinal & James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty and Joel Paul Munoz
Astronomical League of the Philippines held its second batch of the ALP Messier Marathon 2007 in the dark skies of Ecosaddle
Camp in Caliraya, Quezon last March 24-25, 2007.
They started to setup early before sunset. For the Messier participants, Christopher Lee uses a 10x50mm binoculars , Kristy Anne Abello brought her 6"f/8 truss type Dobsonian reflector; Rafael Lunar with Jett's 80mm f/6 Stellarvue refractor on Televue Tele Pod mount ; Ma. Belen Pabunan uses a 7x50 binoculars; Roberto Silvestre uses a classic C8 on fork mount ; Irving Raymundo with his Orion XT-10 10" f/4.5 dobsonian reflector ; Nathaniel Custodio with his homemade 8" f/6 dobsonian reflector and William Optics 80ED refractor on CG-5 equatorial mount ; Mae Nassr uses a Borg 77ED refractor ; Tommy Tan with his 16x70mm binoculars ; Aileen Lynelle Espina with a 7x50mm binoculars ; Analyn Grace Domingo with 7x50mm binoculars ; Victor Espartero with 10x50mm binoculars.
For the non-participants, James Kevin Ty again brought his TV-101 refractor on Vixen GP-D equatorial mount; Jett Aguilar with his Takahashi TSA-102 refractor on Vixen GP-D equatorial mount ; Armand Lee again with his C11 SCT William Optics Zenithstar 80ED refractor both on ASGT equatorial mount ; Joel Paul Munoz with his Vixen R100S Newtonian reflector and Vixen A80SS refractor on Skywatcher HEQ-5 equatorial mount.
Astronomers who were planning to do imaging that night were also hampered by the stray light coming from the quarter Moon and had to wait patiently till it sets at around 11:00pm :( As Mr. Murphy is always there to ruin the event , clouds covered the entire sky after moonset and they participants as well as the imagers had to play hide and seek with the clouds almost the entire night and almost everyone took the opportunity to take a rest as well as some time to sleep for at least 2-3 hours. At around 3:00am, the skies cleared up again and James was like an alarm clock and practically walking across the field to wake up some participants who were still sleeping so that they wont waste time and start to catch up with lost time and continue to locate the messiers present at the time. Although there was still some traces of thin haze, it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the participants and most of the participants were still able to get a good score out of the session amid a not so good sky condition during the event.
When morning came, a group photo was taken. Everybody congratulated one another for that successful event and are looking forward for next year's Messier Marathon wherein they promised themselves that they will fare better than this year's results.
The official results of this year's Messier Marathon are as follows:
For more images of this event, click here.
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