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by James Kevin Ty 

Last July 20, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) meet up at PAGASA Observatory in UP-Diliman for a get together meeting.  Among the members who attended the meeting were James Kevin Ty , Charito Ty, son Kendrick Cole Ty,  Dr. Jett Aguilar, Melisa Bata, Angie Tan, Alice Villa-Real, Brian Davis, Rich Pijuan, Edward Eli Tan, Henry So, Orly and Rosalie Andico , Joel Paul Munoz, Dr. Armando Lee, Irving Raymundo, Macario Libid, Ma. Belen Pabunan, Nathaniel Custodio, Dante Noche, Theodore Marc Gutierrez , Alfonso Sy, Dante Cruz, Joel Limcangco , Jonathan Ty and girlfriend Anne Tablarin, Andrew Ian Chan, Alexander Loinaz, Hernando Bautista, and Jaizel Valerie Pilapil. and Omar Turqueza.

Amid a very hot humid afternoon, ALPers persevered and used that occasion to meet up with other members as well as take a group shot that they will use in their 5th ALP anniversary souvenir program.  Members also use that opportunity to bring their new toys as well as buy and sell their astro stuff to fellow members.  It was a nice reunion as old and new members mixed up and discussed on what's the latest in astronomy and space news.  Among the new toys that were brought by members are a new Ioptron Cube GOTO altazimuth mount by Henry So and a Chinese made generic 127mm f/7.5 triplet  APO refractor by Brian Davis.  A lot of members also brought their telescope to make the photo shoot more lively although the sky that afternoon was not good to do any good observation :( 

Henry So was eager to test the loading capacity of the Ioptro Cube with Dr. Armando Lee's Orion Short Tube ST-80 refractor.

Brian Davis brought a newly bought a Chinese generic 127mm f/7.5 triplet APO refractor.

After  the photo shoot, everyone was al soaking wet from the high humidity that afternoon and some of them proceeded to Katips Grill and Bar Restaurant in Katipunan Blue Ridge area to cool down as well as have a nice dinner as well as do the swap meet wherein some members brought along astro stuffs that they want to dispose.  As they say, an astronomer's trash is another astronomer's treasure :) LOL   They also use that opportunity to check out the images that they took that afternoon as well as chat with each other the whole evening.  It was a very enjoyable affair that some members request to do these weekends affair more often specially during rainy season to promote group bonding.

ALPers started to check out the astro stuffs that were on sale that day.

(L-R) ALPers Rich Pijuan, Dr. Armando Lee, Alice Villa-Real and Henry So relax as they chat on what's new in astronomy.

ALPers gathered around Mac Libid's laptop to check out the images taken during that afternoon.

ALPers strike a pose before chowtime! Nice!

The affair ended at around 9:30pm with everyone having a great time!

To see more candid images of the photo shoot, please check out ALPer Alice Villa-Real's Photo Gallery.



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