The Astronomical League of the Philippines' Philippine
Messier Marathon 2008 event pushed through on April 5. 2008 at Caliraya,
Quezon despite the very cloudy weather accompanied with some occasional
rains. Present were James Kevin Ty, Dr. Jett Aguilar, newest ALP member Dr.
Armando Lee with his wife Mia and son Jason, Orly Andico with wife Rosalie,
Brian Davis, Ms. Zelda Reyes, Vincent Lao, Christopher Lee, Sandra Torita,
Irving Raymundo, Nathaniel Custodio, Katherine Caralipio, Rhayan C. Coronel,
Frank Kelvin S. Martinez, Fermin Naelga, Lordnico P. Mendoza, Rodney Jovin
Velasco, and Peter Benedict O. Tubalinal.
The marathoners were ALPers Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Rodney Velasco &
Vincent Lao, Guest Christopher Lee, RTU Astro Students Katherine Caralipio,
Rhayan Coronel, Fermin Naelga, Lordnico P. Mendoza, and Frank Kelvin S.
Martinez. All were using binoculars except for Rodney, who used his
Christopher (Benci) Lee's van arrived at the Shell-Magallanes station at
around 1:00pm, however, the heavy traffic in some areas prevented the convoy
at an earlier time. ALP president James
Kevin Ty phoned Benci and told him to proceed to the site since he, along
with other members (Peter Tubalinal and Vincent Lao) got caught in heavy
traffic in Manila. The van left at nearly 3:00pm. Kevin's car arrived
at Shell Magellanes at around 4pm, where they picked up new member Rodney
LovinVelasco. They cruised the Skyway and stopped over at a Jollibee station
where they were met by ALP vice president Dr. Jett Aguilar and Orly Andico's
vehicles. Both also had cars and the convoy was on. All three proceeded and
made another stop-over to buy food at another Jollibee station in Pansanjan
where ALPers Brian Davis, Irving Raymundo and Nathaniel Custodio were having
Christopher's van arrived at the site at nearly 7:00pm, where
started to locate for the messier objects as soon after they had their
tents setup. The rest arrived at 8:30pm, and the other marathoners tried to
hurry up in looking for the setting messier objects. There were almost
10 Messier objects that had already set when they arrived :( Clouds started to rush in from
the east-northeast side, pouring slight showers on everybody present on the
site. Not only were the marathoners had all the fun, astrophotographers were
also doing their imaging session. Jett setup his Celestron C8 SCT on Vixen
GP-D mount; Brian with his Skywatcher 80ED refractor piggybacked on
Celestron C8 SCT on ASGT mount; James with TV-101 refractor on Vixen GP-D
mount and Armando Lee with Zenithstar 80ED II refractor on Atlas EQ-G mount .
Unfortunately, rains started to come in even more as
the night progresses, and the imagers had a very difficult time trying to
cover up their equipments once in a while. ALPers Brain Davis
and ALP couples Orly & Rosalir Andico opted to call it a night at
around midnight as to be honest, it was really frustrating. The rest
of the group persevered and opted to stay put no matter what happens :)
Until morning, the marathoners and imagers were nearly wet because of the
bad weather and that cause a low output for them because of occasional
rains. As for astro-imagers, they were glad that after 3:30am,
weather improves a bit for them to image the Summer Milky Way as well as M4
and Omega Centauri globular clusters and planet Jupiter.
M4 Globular Cluster in Scorpius.
Image taken by James Kevin Ty using TV-101 refractor at
prime focus at f/5.4. Total guided exposure 10 minutes at ISO
Summer Milky Way centered on Scorpius / Sagittarius Region
Image taken by Vincent Lao using stock Canon A540
digicam using built-in wide angle lens at f/2.6 at ISO 800. Total
exposure of 128 seconds was used. Unguided shot.
As sunrise came, marathoners submitted their log
sheets, and took a little time to view the sun through Kevin's PST-Ha and
they had a great time as there was a big loop prominence that was visible at
the western limb of the Sun! But rain clouds started to cover the Sun
after tjheir view before James could setup to image it:( A group
picture followed before the event had officially ended. Armando Lee's
family as well as his RTU Astro students opted to stay there for fishing and
boating while James and other ALPers opted to head back home as James want
to try imaging the prominence at his home which he managed to do it later.
Also, a beautiful full arc rainbow was visible when they head home so the
group stopped near the Caliraya power station to image it.
Fermin Naelga got to look through the PST-Ha to view the giant loop
prominence that was visible that day.
The Giant Loop Prominence was imaged by James Kevin Ty after he got home
from Caliraya as he wasn't able to image it there because rain clouds
covered the sky after all of them got to view it visually.
A beautiful full arc rainbow was the
"icing of the cake" of sorts for the participants of the event!
The results are arranged from highest to lowest, and these are as follows:
|Peter Benedict Tubalinal
|Frank Kelvin Martinez
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