ALP April 5, 2009 100 Hours of
Astronomy's SUN-Day Report
by: James Kevin
Last April 5, members of
the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) that included ALP President James Kevin Ty,
ALP Vice President Jett Aguilar, Edgar Ang, Dennis Buenviaje
& girlfriend Juneseven Estolloso, ISAN (International
Sidewalk Astronomers Network) 100 HA Philippine
Coordinator Armando Lee, wife Mia and son Jason, as
well as 100 HA IYA Philippine Coordinator Bamm Gabriana and
Astro Camp members Benci Lee & girlfriend Sandra, and
Wilbert Palma and girlfriend went to Boardwalk, Luneta
beside the parking lot of Manila Oceanarium at
around 2:00 p.m. to promote the 100 Hours of Astronomy's
SUN-Day free public solar observation.
Well... It was one hot
afternoon for solar observation. :)
Everyone was excited to observe the Sun through the
H-Alpha scope (PST).
ALPer / ISAN 100HA Philippine
Coordinator Armando Lee beside his Apex 127
Maksutov-Cassegrain on ASGT mount.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
beside his solar setup- Orion ST80 refractor
for white light & Coronado PST for H-Alpha viewing
on Vixen GP-DX mount.
Amid a hot sweating afternoon,
some curious bystanders took a peek at the different
solar scopes setup at the site.
(R-L) 100 HA IYA Philippine Coordinator Bamm Gabriana
and ISAN 100 HA Philippine Coordinator Armando Lee
posed beside one of the several solar scopes setup
at the site.
First timers to observe the
Sun through a solar telescope.
Around 40+ people got a chance
to observe the Sun that afternoon.
James brought along an Orion
ST80 refractor with Baader Solar
Filter (for white light viewing) and Coronado PST (for
H-Alpha viewing) on Vixen GP-D mount; Jett brought
along a Celestron Nexstar 5i SCT (white light) as well as
Takahashi TSA-102 refractor (white light) and Stellarvue
AT1010 refractor equipped with Coronado SolarMax 40
H-Alpha filter (for H-Alpha viewing) on Vixen GPDX mount; Armando brought along an Apex 127 Maksutov-Cassegrain
fitted with Thousand Oaks Glass Filter (white light) on
More than 40 people braved the
hot sweating afternoon, which run as high as about 37
deg C at around 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to get a chance to observe the
Sun through both types of solar telescopes.
Although the Sun was blank (No sunspot group), the Sun
was alive at the H-Alpha wavelength and one of the large
eruptive prominence was easily visible to most viewers
at the site.
The group concluded the free
public solar observation at around 4:00 p.m.