December 19, 2009 ALP Astro
by James Kevin Ty , Jett Aguilar , Armando
Lee , Erika Valdueza
Last December 19, 2009, members
of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) went
to Caliraya , Laguna to have an Astro Camping Session.
Among the members who participated were ALP President
James Kevin Ty, wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole Ty,
VP Jett Aguilar, Armando Lee, wife Mia and son Jason
Lee, Christopher "Benci" Lee and Sandra Torita, Erika Valdueza
and Mark Anthony Rivera , Kevin Dagunan and Mary Grace
Guide , Crispin "Mopper" Riosa and Ma. Theresa Masuay.
ALPers Christopher Lee lead the
first group on his van going to Caliraya at around
12:00pm with Armando Lee and his family proceeding half
an hour later as they have to get his Kayak at Calamba
en route to the site. James and family as well as
Jett proceeded half an hour later. James brought
his TV-101 refractor on Vixen GP-D mount ; Jett brought
his Takahashi TSA-102 refractor on EM-200 Tenma II mount
; Armando with his William Optics Zenithstar 80ED
refractor on Atlas mount while Erika brought her small
and cute AstroScan reflector.
The first batch arrived at the
site at around 4:00pm and started to set up their tents.
While waiting for the other ALPers to arrive, they were
able to see a double rainbow! It has a primary and
secondary rainbow and ALPer Erika was able to image it
beautifully! While waiting for the entire group to
arrive, ALPer Christopher Lee (our official cook of the
event) started to barbecue as well as cook rice.
Double Rainbow !!!
At around 6:30pm, the sky was
partly cloudy and with some mild drizzle so most of the
ALPers decided to relax and had a hearty dinner while
waiting for the sky to improve. At around 9:30pm,
sky started to clear and they were able to glimpse
Taurus as well as Orion coming out of the clouds so
James and Jett started to setup their telescopes in
preparation for some astro-imaging later.
But unfortunately, the weather
that evening was for the visually oriented observers
only as the clouds and drizzle alternately forbids any
imaging to be done :( Nevertheless, visual
astronomy was not that much compromised as some members
used binoculars to look at double cluster as well as
Andromeda Galaxy. Orion Nebula as well as Pleiades
were also observed that evening.
Unfortunately, mild rain
started to ruin the observation session so some of the
members opted to take some nap and sleep while James and
Jett opted to stay awake and chat on astro stuffs while
waiting for the sky to clear. But after an hour,
Jett got tired and decided to sleep on his car as he
didn't setup his tent.
At around 3:00am, the sky
partly cleared up and James was able to align his scope
for imaging but since the clouds come and go, he decided
to forgo imaging and did some visual view of Orion
Nebula as well as Pleiades star cluster. Erika
also use that opportunity to try dong some constellation
shots and was happy to image Ursa Major as well as
At around 4:00am, clouds
started to cover the sky again and most of the members
decided to call it a day and get some sleep. At
around 7:00am, some of the members were awake and Benci
started to cook again for the group.
Delicious smoke Ham and egg as well as hot coffee and
chocolate fill their stomach :)
Benci cooking breakfast for
the group with Kevin helping out.
Armand, Jett and James talking
astro stuffs while having breakfast.
At 8:45am,. the Sun peek out of
the clouds and James pointed his solar filtered
refractor toward the Sun and was able to see three
sunspot groups namely AR 11035, 11036 and 11037.
James, Armand and Jett got to take a look at The Sun
before James started to image the Sun.
Unfortunately, the seeing was bad and he was only able
to image the Sun at whole disk. While James was
imaging the Sun, some of the members use the Kayak
brought along by Armand Lee to row around the lake while
Armand, Mia, Chat , KC and Jason went to do some
Jett looks at the 3 sunspot
groups visible that morning.
James preparing to image
Armand brought along a kayak
for members to enjoy boating.
Astro kids KC and Jason taking
time off to try fishing.
Who is the cutest of them all?
Of course the Astro Scan ! :) LOL
At around 11:00am, they started
to pack up their tents and things and take a group pic
before heading home. Armand and his family
as well as Jett , James and his family opted to stop
over at Bay and had lunch at Palaisdaan sa Bay and had a
delicious lunch! While waiting for the food to be
served, Armand try fishing at the pond and was able to
get a catfish. He was supposed to catch 2 catfish
but the last one was huge and the fishing line snap and
it got away :(
Armand got to caught a catfish
while awaiting for the food to be served during
Delicious Lunch at Palaisdaan
sa Bay !!!
After finishing their lunch,
they went home satisfied and planned to do another
astrocamping maybe in the month of March.
ALPers posed for posterity after
the conclusion of the Astro Camping !
Wacky Shot !!!