ALP May 23, 2009 Stargazing
by: James Kevin
Last May 23, members of
the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) that included ALP President James Kevin Ty,
Vincent Lao, Hernando Bautista, Rosalyn Penol, Mark
Anthony Honrade, Aileen Rosa Sasot, Ellaine Pena, Rommel
Candaza & fiancee Diane Karen Callanta , guests
Roldan Guia and Edward Delelis went to PAGASA
observatory at around 9:30pm to do an urban stargazing
session. It was also a good opportunity for new
ALPers Aileen, Ellaine & Rommel to have their first
stargazing session with veteran members of the society.
ALPer Ellaine got her first
look at ringed planet Saturn.
ALPer Hernando showing to
fellow ALPers on how to use the Celestron Sky Scout
"This is the correct way to
point the Sky Scout at the stars........
ALPers shared their views &
observations after looking through one of the 2
scopes setup that evening.
James brought along a Meade
ETX-90AT ; Vincent with his Orion Starblast 130
reflector on EQ-1 mount & Hernando with his Celestron
Sky Scout sky navigator. James and Vincent aimed
their scopes at the magnificent ringed planet Saturn
which showed an edge on ring. Ellaine was
captivated by the beauty of the planet and together with
other members were looking forward to seeing more
celestial objects as the night progresses.
Hernando, on the other hand, was himself very excited to
share with fellow ALPers on the use of his Sky Scout !
Once calibrated, it correctly showed him the correct
star positions as well as narrated a short description
of each object it was pointed.
James, on the other hand teach
some of the new members how to use a star map and the
use of green laser pointers also help the new members
locate the stars and constellation figures.
Some of the objects that the
group observed that evening were M4 globular star
cluster, M6 & M7 star clusters, M8 Lagoon Nebula, etc.
The group concluded their urban
stargazing session at around 1:00 a.m.