ALP February 28, 2009 USC-TC
IYA NAW 2009 Report
by Jeffrey Canton
Last February 28, 2009, the University
of San Carlos - Talamban Campus (USC-TC) held a
stargazing activity, in
line with their Physics Olympics, and was participated
by several schools. (Unfortunately, Jeffrey was
not able to get the list of all the participating
schools.) ALPer Jeffrey arrived on the site as
early as around 5
pm. ALPer Christopher Go's lecture was supposed to be
conducted during the same time but was postponed to
around 9pmm, so Jeffrey and his friends decided to
start setting up the telescopes he brought (Celestron
Astromaster 130EQ and CStar Stratus 60mm refractor).
They also set up their tent since it was an overnight
event and they might need a place to lie down, which
unfortunately they were not able to use :-)
Aside from the 2 telescopes
brought by Jeffrey, there was Chris' C8 SCT on Losamandy GM8 mount. Other telescopes were also
brought by participants, such as a lady who
brought her small refractor. And around 8pm, another 4-inch
reflector was brought along by his friend's parents. Actually, Chris was not
expecting Jeffrey & Co. so he was very glad to
see them helping out in the stargazing event.
ALPer Christopher Go setting
up his Celestron C8 at the school grounds.
ALPer Jeffrey Canton and his
friends were also there to help assist the
Students lined up to get a
good view of planet Saturn.
Nice view of M42 Orion
Whoa! Saturn rocks!
Japanese Planetary Imager, Tomio Akutsu,
took time off to help his friend, Chris, in
conducting the stargazing session that evening.
There were so many students. Almost half of the entire soccer field was lined with
tents and all of them very eager to view thru the
telescopes. They started to observe the Moon and
Venus early that evening. Then around 8:30pm, they shifted the telescope to Saturn,
and let the students view its rings. One could
really see the amazement in the faces of the students
as they gazed at Saturn. Students and enthusiasts
were curious on how the group was able to identify Saturn among all other stars in
the skies. Jeffrey and friends had to get their
laptops and show them the different astronomy software
programs they have. hehehe! They had a good
discussion with students about astronomy, and Jeff was kind enough to just let
them handle his CStar Stratus telescope so they will
have a firsthand experience on how to operate a telescope.
ALPer Chris Go gave his lecture
about astronomy around 9pm. They then focused
their scopes to M42 and let the students view the
majestic Orion Nebula. At around 10:30pm, Chris packed up along with his
telescope, but ALPer Jeffrey and his friends have
decided to stay on site the whole night and re-focused
their telescopes back to Saturn since the
students and several teachers were requesting for it. Jeffrey guessed they just want to see the rings of
Saturn once more. Besides, it's not an everyday
experience to actually see
Saturn's rings so they're really curious about it. At
around 4am, they decided to pack up and call it a night.
Everybody had their satisfaction of the skies. :-)
Aside from ALPer Jeffrey, his
friends, James, Rodion Herrera, MJ Dianne Camillon and
Sherwin Sia, are all backyard astronomers from
Cebu. Chris's Japanese friend, Tomio Akutsu, was also there to assist
him during the entire event.
For more images of the event,