March 8, 2009 ALP Monthly
by: James Kevin
Images by Jett Aguilar & James Kevin Ty
Last March 8, 2009 , members
of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP)
held their monthly meeting at the Manila Planetarium.
Members who were present are ALP President James Kevin
Ty, wife Dr. Charito Ty and son Kendrick Cole Ty,
VP Dr. Jett Aguilar, Treasurer Henry So,
Membership Chairperson Angie Tan, Secretary Rich
Pijuan, Directors Alfonso Uy , Edgar Ang & Peter
Benedict Tubalinal, NAW Chairman Dr. Armando
Lee, wife Mia and son Jason Lee , Vincent Lao, Dennis
Buenviaje, Andrew Ian Chan, Tommy Tan, Antoinette Icot,
Rosalyn Penol, Marc Anthony Honrade, Planetarium OIC Bel
Pabunan , staffs Nel Lagda & Desiree del Rosario .
The meeting started at 3:15pm
with a solar observation on both white light and H-Alpha
light at the grounds of the Planetarium. It was
also time for ALP President James Kevin Ty to teach the
newbies on how to center the Sun into the telescope field
of view using the scope's shadow and tube alignment techniques
without getting their eyes hurt. They first use
the Orion ST80 refractor to view the Sun in white light
and, later, James used another scope, the PST, for
members to get a chance to view the Sun in H-Alpha
light. Although the Sun was very silent in white
light, there was a large eruptive prominence
visible at the 8 o'clock position, much to the
delight of the ALP members.
Everyone gathers around the
PST to get a glimpse of the Sun in H-Alpha light.
Hey! It's posing time
again :) Smile!
ALPer Edgar Ang gets to view the large eruptive
prominence at the 8 o'clock position!
ALP President James Kevin Ty
reads the content of the MOA between ALP and RTU to
Shown here is ALP President, James Kevin Ty,
discussing the training program for the total
solar eclipse expedition team members.
ALP NAW Chairman Dr. Armando
Lee gives an overview of what transpired during the
just concluded National Astronomy Week (NAW)
At around 4:30pm, ALPers went
inside the Planetarium dome and meeting proper started
with ALP President James Kevin Ty introducing NAW
Chairman Dr. Armando Lee as speaker. Dr. Lee gave the members an
overview of what transpired during the National
Astronomy Week (NAW) particularly the 1st Philippine
Astronomy Convention (PAC), as well as the closing Free
Public Stargazing Session at Baywalk.
James added that although
the events were successful , he still stressed the need
for members particularly the directors to participate
more to ALP activities and put some priorities
to the organizational activities as they should show
good works for new members to follow. Also
stressed out was the need for members to sacrifice
a little of their own time, whether personal chores or
own observations, to help the organization promote its
activities, specially what transpired in the closing free
public stargazing session at Baywalk.
He told them that he will
expect more participation on the part of the members,
particularly the directors, to be present during
ALP-initiated activities, especially in
the upcoming March 28th 3rd Philippine Messier Marathon
Open in Caliraya, Laguna and 100 Hours Global Star Party
at Baywalk on April 4, 2009.
James then introduced ALP director
Peter Benedict Tubalinal, who is tasked to head the
Messier Marathon event. Dr. Lee informed Peter that 4
of the RTU Asro Tech student 2nd batch will participate
in the event while ALPers Vincent Lao, Dennis Buenviaje,
Edgar Ang, Andrew Chan also signified their intention to
join as well. All are invited to join the event, whether
members or non-members. For details, please
contact Messier Marathon 2009 Chairman, Peter Benedict Tubalinal, at (0928) 9379479 and ALP Membership
Chairperson, Angie Tan, at (0917) 3265577 if you want to
Also mentioned during the
meeting is the designation of ALP director Jomar Lacson
to handle the Fund Raising Project for the ALP LCD
project. He will be given a free hand in using
different methods of fund raising to help ALP reach its
goal of owning its own projector.
Afterwards, James invited the
total eclipse team members to join their first training
day that is scheduled this coming March 15 (Sunday) 1pm
at PAGASA Observatory.
The meeting ended at around