February 7, 2010 ALP Monthly
Last February 7, 2010, members
of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held
their monthly meeting at the Manila Planetarium at
3:00pm. Members who attended were ALP President
James Kevin Ty , Charito Ty & son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty , Vincent Lao, Tommy Tan,
Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Ma. Belen Pabunan ;
Desiree del Rosario, Dennis Buenviaje, Andrew Ian Chan,
Jennifer Sy and son Tyler Sy, Romel Palacpac, Dante
Cruz, Mark Ian Singson, Christopher Lee , Kevin Dagunan,
Crispin Riosa, Michael Cruspero, Rosemarie Balatbat, Mark Joven Cortel
and newest ALPer Pejvak Parhizkari.
James setup 2 telescopes for
solar observation that afternoon with the Meade ETX-90AT
set for white light observation while the Coronado
PST-Ha was set for Hydrogen-Alpha observation. There was
a large sunspot group named AR 11045 while was observed
by the members as well as a large eruptive prominence .
James also show the members 2 images that he took of the
Sun that morning so that they can compare with what they
saw in real time.
ALPers lined up to get a
chance to view the Sun in White Light and Hydrogen
ALPers (L) Rosemarie
Balatbat and Jennifer Sy (R) looked through the 2
telescopes brought by James to let the members view
the Sun safely.
Newest ALPer Pejvak Parhizkari
look at the Sun safely through a solar filter
equipped Meade ETX-90AT.
This is how the Sun looks like
through the ETX-90AT
Close Up view of the AR 11045
This is the H-Alpha view of
the Sun through the Coronado PST.
The meeting started at around
3:45pm with ALP President James Kevin Ty and ALP NAW
2010 Chairman Peter Benedict Tubalinal discussing the
National Astronomy Week preparations a the 2nd
Philippine Astronomy Convention which will be held at
Manila Planetarium. 2 public stargazing sessions
will also be held that week on February 14 and 20, 2010
at Rajah Sulayman Park in Baywalk (in front of
Aristocrat Restaurant facing the seawall side) wherein
ALPers will setup telescopes for the public to get a
chance to view the planets, Moon , bright deep sky
objects free of charge. Stargazing session will
start at 6:00pm till around 9:30pm.
As for the Philippine Astronomy
Convention, tentative schedule of lecturers and their
topics are as follows:
* The Universe On A Desktop by
Thijs Kouwenhoven , PHD
* How To Apply HDR and Time
Lapse Technique in Astrophotography by Babak Parhizkari
* Chandra View Of The Hot Gas
In The Elliptical Galaxy NGC 5044 by Jelly Grace Nonesa
* Operational Research Preview
On Operating A Commercial Astronomical Observatory In
The Philippines by Armando Lee, ALP
* Observing Shooting Stars by
Peter Benedict Tubalinal , ALP
Another lecture topic waiting
for confirmation is the EQMOD Updates by Raymund
For the above activities during
the NAW, ALP President James Kevin Ty encourage ALPers
to volunteer and help out in the 2 stargazing sessions
as well as Philippine Astronomy Convention (PAC).
Lastly, ALPer Dante Cruz give away free handy planner to
those who attended the meeting. Thanks Dante!
The meeting ended at around