ALP April 4, 2009 100 Hours of
Astronomy's Global Star Party Report
by: James Kevin Ty
Last April 4, members of the
Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) staged a free public stargazing session at Rajah Sulayman Park in Baywalk, Luneta
from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Members who were there to help stage the event were ALP
President James Kevin Ty, wife Charito & Kendrick Cole
(KC) Ty; Treasurer Henry So, Secretary Rich Pijuan,
Auditor Brian Davis, Membership Chair Angie Tan,
Director Edgar Ang, ALP / ISAN 100 HA Philippine
Coordinator Armando Lee, wife Mia and son Jason Lee,
Vincent Lao, Dennis Buenviaje, Andrew Ian Chan & sister
Bernice; Aldrin Palacio, Tommy Tan, Lea Visaya,
Nathaniel Custodio, Rosalyn Penol, Mark Anthony
Honrade, Antoinette Icot, Irving Raymundo, Bel
Pabunan & Planetarium staffs Nel Lagda, Roberto
Silvestre, Liza Quitlong, Desiree del Rosario &
Lalaine Yorobe. Also with them were Astro Camp
members Benci Lee, Wilbert Palma, Chris Sabijon, RTU BS Astro
Tech student Miguel Artificio and
representatives of Sun East Asia Corporation lead by Mr.
Yoshikatsu Chikira and Jojo Doliente and members of
James brought along his TV-101
refractor on GPDX mount as well as ALP's Meade 8" SCT on
LX10 mount; Brian with his Celestron C8 SCT on EQ-6
mount; Planetarium staffs with their Celestron C8 SCT
on fork mount with Skywatcher 102 refractor on EQ-4
mount; Andrew Ian with his Skywatcher 80ED refractor on
EQ-1 mount; Edgar with his Orion XT6 dobsonian
reflector; Armando with his Apex 127 Maksutov-Cassegrain on EQ-1 mount & 10" Dobsonian
reflector. Sun East Asia's staffs brought along 4 units
of Galileo Scopes as well.
All the telescopes were
deployed along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard, across
the Sulayman Park facing the seawall side. As the
scopes were set up, people started to fall in line to
observe the Quarter Moon, beautiful ringed planet Saturn
as well the brightest star Sirius.
It was the first time for this
Indian student to observe the Moon through a
telescope! What an experience!
Nel Lagda of Planetarium
assisted some students to get their view of the
The Indian student narrates to
the other viewers how the Moon looks like through
A student tries afocal imaging
at the telescope with his DSLR on the Moon.
KC can't help himself to try to
observe the Moon by himself - an heir apparent
to follow the footstep of his dad in pursuit of
"There you are!" is how ALP
President James exclaimed when he found his kid
observing the Moon by himself. :)
ALPers scattered their
telescope setups across the Rajah Sulayman Park.
Hey! Its still too early to
have chowtime! :)
Many foreigners also took
their time to look through the scopes.
ALPer Andrew Ian Chan and his
sister Bernice took some time off to look
through their telescope at the Moon.
People lined up to get their
chance to view Saturn.
Mr. Chikira of Sun East Asia
Corp looked at the Mon through the Meade 8" SCT.
"Beautiful !", he said.
Planetarium staffs strike a
Great crowd that evening!
Peek-A-Boo ! :)
ALPer Edgar Ang's friends are
there to support the event. (R-L) ALPer James Kevin
Ty, Mariam Coo, ALPer Edgar Ang, Nancy Rostata,
Dorothy Yu, Roger & Tommy Tan. 2 kids
are Nancy's nieces.
More people arrived at the
site as the night progressed.
Everyone had a great time that
ALP Ladies beside Galileo
Scopes - (L-R) Rich Pijuan, Angie Tan, Sun East
Asia's Jojo Doliente & staff member and Lea Visaya.
Astro Camp's Wilbert Palma
(pink shirt) was also there to help out.
Armand's 10" Dobsonian was
also a crowd drawer.
It's CHOWTIME after the
It was almost a dream come true
for most of the people as it was their first time to observe the Moon and Saturn through a
telescope! The usual Ohhhh and Ahhhs were clearly heard
in the background as they peeked at the eyepiece. The
magnificent Moon was shown by ALPers through different
magnifications that ranged from low power full disk
observation to high power close up views of
the craters near the terminator! Saturn was viewed
ranging from low power view which included one of its
moon Titan to close up views of the ringed planet that
looked like a "squid ball on a stick !"
People kept lining up at the
telescopes the whole 4 hours and safe estimates on the
total people that were able to view through all the
scopes can be placed at around 1000+. ALPers
continued to let the public view the celestial sights 'till
10:00 p.m. before they called it a night. They had
their traditional group shot taken before they packed up
and some of them went to Aristocrat Restaurant to have a
late dinner while others opted to go home afterwards.