July 22, 2009 ALP Partial
Solar Eclipse Observation in Manila
by Henry So
by Henry So, Vincent Lao & Rommel Candaza
22, 2009 ALP members who are here in Manila went to UP
PAGASA to observe the total solar eclipse (partial only
in Manila). ALPers who are present were Alex Loinaz,
Angie Tan, Henry So, Tommy Tan,
Roldan de Guia, Rommel Candaza, Dante Cruz, Jomar
Lacson and Vincent Lao.
They arrived at UP
around 7am and started setting up telescopes and proper
solar filters. Some astro organization who were also
there are UP astrosoc and DOST. Media are also present.
Around 7:30am, the sky becomes cloudy and they
even thought it will rain but after 15 min it cleared.
Then 10 min before 1st contact, another group
of clouds covered the sun, and they weren't able to
observe the 1st contact.
ALPer Alexander Loinaz here
aiming his Maksutov telescope at the eclipsed Sun.
ALP Manila Eclipse Coordinator
Henry So answers some questions on the eclipse
from the TV news reporters at PAGASA Observatory
Partial Eclipse Image taken by ALPer Henry So near
Maximum Partial Eclipse
It cleared again
after 5min. and they were then able to start
observing and imaging the partial solar eclipse. Patches
of clouds come and go but not lasting for more than
10min each time and they were fortunate to have mostly
clear sky the whole morning. Some of them even got
sunburn. Most of the media wants to image and take video
of the eclipse but they don’t have the proper solar
filter so members of ALP helped them out by lending them
some of their extra solar filters. The eclipse that was
observe in manila turn out to be a success. At around
11:30am most of the crowd went home with the feeling of
happiness and success.
Partial Solar Eclipse Sequence made by ALPer Vincent Lao
of his images taken at PAGASA observatory.
Partial Solar Eclipse Sequence made by ALPer Rommel
Candaza of his images taken at PAGASA observatory.
ALPers took a customary group pic after the
conclusion of the eclipse observation at PAGASA
TV Patrol Video Clip of ALP
Partial Solar Eclipse Observation at PAGASA