ALP February 21, 2009 NAW
Public Stargazing Session Report
by: James Kevin
Images by James Kevin Ty &
Last February 21, members of
the Astronomical League of the
(ALP) staged a free public stargazing session at Baywalk
to conclude their National Astronomy Week celebration.
Among the members who were there to help out that
evening were ALP President James Kevin Ty and his wife
Charito and son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty, ALP VP Jett
Aguilar , his wife Angge and children Justine & Jan
Aguilar, ALP Secretary Rich Pijuan, ALP Membership
Chairperson Angie Tan, NAW Chairman Armando Lee, ALP
director Edgar Ang, Dennis Buenviaje, Vincent Lao, Bel
Pabunan, Antoinette Icot, Andrew Ian Chan , Jeffrey
Canton (who came all the way from Cebu to join the
event), Rosalyn Penol and Mark Anthony Honrade.
Antoinette's RTU Astro Tech fellow students Pauline
Divinagracia, Miguel Artificio, Cliff Roa, Angela
Lequiron were also there to assist the event.
Friends of our members who were also there to support
the event were Angie's friends Cherry Cheng & Sheila Mae
See, Bel's Planetarium staff Desiree del Rosario, James'
mom in law Loly Caballero, brother in law Anson
Ong & son Angelo Luigi Ong.
They started to setup their
equipment at around 6:00pm and
setup their free public viewing
banner to informed the public that there is a free
public stargazing session that will be held that
evening. Among the members who brought their
equipment to share the night sky with the public were
James with his TV-101 refractor on GP-DX mount and ALP's
8" Meade SCT on LX10 mount ; Armand wit his 10"
Dobsonian reflector ; Jett with his Stellarvue 80mm
refractor on TV Telepod mount; Edgar with his Orion XT6
dobsonian reflector and Andrew with his Skywatcher 80ED
refractor on EQ-1 mount.
More than estimated 500 people
got a chance to view the night sky during the event.
ALP NAW Chairman Armando Lee
is showing Saturn through his big 10" dobsonian
reflector to the delight of the crowd.
Oh my gosh! Planet Venus looks
like a small crescent Moon!
Many people get to realized
how beautiful the night sky was during the event
even with the unaided eye.
More than 500 people were able
to have a chance to look at stars and planets through
different type of telescopes that evening. As
expected , there were again sounds of "Wow!" , "Oh My
Gosh!" , "Is that planet Venus?" that can be heard
around the vicinity :) LOL .
ALPers then help each other to
accommodate the large crowd by asking
them to line up so that they can
wait in line for their turn at the scope. The sky
that night was good amid expected light pollution at the
site. ALPers first trained their telescopes at
planet Venus which shows a nice thick crescent phase
under surprisingly steady seeing! No color
fringing that is common in Venus observation :) As
the people get their view of Venus, they were surprised
to see Venus with a crescent phase and thought the were
seeing the Mon through the telescope!
As the sky gets darker,
telescopes were trained at brightest star Sirius, M42
Orion Nebula, M45 Pleiades star cluster and last but not
the least, the ever beautiful ringed planet Saturn.
Although Saturn's ring was tilted almost at the same
plane as its equator, the planet was still a joy to look
at! The stargazing session lasted till around 9:30pm and
ALPers called it a night and set up for their
traditional group picture shot with their
telescopes at the foreground beofre they packed up and
went home with a happy heart that they were again able
to share the night sky with numerous people at the
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