ALP February 14, 2010 NAW
Public Stargazing Session Report
by: James Kevin
Ty & Armando Lee
Images by James Kevin Ty & Armando Lee
RAJAH SULAYMAN PARK , BAYWALK
Last February 14, members of
the Astronomical League of the
(ALP) staged a free public stargazing session at Baywalk
to start off their National Astronomy Week
celebration. Among the members who were there to help
out that evening were ALP President James Kevin Ty and
son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty, ALP VP Jett Aguilar , ALP
Treasurer Henry So, Dennis Buenviaje, Vincent Lao, Dante
Noche and wife Rosie, Lou Balayan, Ellaine Pena, Mark
Ian Singson, Michael Cruspero, Kevin Dagunan, Crispin "Mopper"
Riosa, Christopher Lee, Bel
Pabunan, Maximo Zabanal, Cornelio Lagda, Lalaine Yorobe,
Liza Quitlong, Mary Ann Ramirez, Desiree del Rosario,
Procula Amarillo, Rosemarie Balatbat, Jennifer Sy, Mark
Joven Cortel and Reynen Rose Pausanos. Friends of our members who were also there to support
the event were , Lara Roldan , Bernie Esporlas, Kim Hye
Sung or Mike, Kristy Abello and Ellaine Pena's
They started to setup their
equipment at around 6:30pm and
setup their free public viewing
banner to informed the public that there is a free
public stargazing session that will be held that
evening. Among the members who brought their
equipment to share the night sky with the public were
James with his TV-101 refractor on GP-DX mount and ALP's
8" Meade SCT on LX10 mount ; Jett with his
Celestron Nexstar 5 SCT; Planetarium's 4" Skywatcher
refractor on EQ-4 mount and Celestron C8 SCT; Armando
Lee, although was not around as he is in charge of the
AstroCamp Observatory that day, brought along his
William Optics ZS80ED refractor on CG5 mount and Orion
Mak127 on CG5 mount and Dante brought his homemade 8"
f/6 Newtonian reflector on dobsonian mount.
Wow! Mars is beautiful !
ALPer Dante Noche is all smile
as he share the beauty of the universe with his
homemade 8" f/6 Newtonian.
(L-R) ALPers Marc Ian
SIngson and Michael Cruspero pose beside their WO
Zenith Star 80ED refractor.
ALP VP Jett Aguilar posed
beside his Celestron Nexstar 5 SCT.
(L-R) ALPers Kevin Dagunan and
Crispin Riosa beside their Orion Mak 127 scope.
Its posing time! (L-R) ALPers
Kevin Dagunan, Crispin Mopper Riosa, Benci Lee and
Kim Hye Sung (Mike)
The Gwapings - ALPers Henry
So, Dennis Buenviaje and Vincent Lao
ALPer and Planetarium Staff
Nel Lagda beside the Celestron C8 SCT
Lots of people got a chance to
view the universe for free that evening
ALPer Ellaine Pena and her
family were there to celebrate NAW stargazing
ALPer and Planetarium Staff
Nel Lagda and ALP Treasurer Henry So had their hands
full in containing the numerous people who attended
the free stargazing session! :)
ALPers Dennis Buenviaje, Henry
So and Vincent Lao manned the ALP 8" SCT
ALPer Kevin Dagunan shares the
night sky to the public with the Orion Mak127.
ALP VP Jett Aguilar points his
Nexstar 5 on planet Mars as the people waited for
their turn at teh telescope.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
and his astro kid KC Ty pointed the TV-101 refractor
on Orion Nebula.
ALP guests Bernie Esporlas and
Korean friend Kim Hye Sung or Mike as he is fondly
called had a great time at the stargazing session.
More than 500 people were able
to have a chance to look at stars and planets through
different type of telescopes that evening. As
expected , there were again sounds of "Wow!" , "Oh My
Gosh!" , "Is that planet Mars?" that can be heard
around the vicinity :) LOL .
ALPers then help each other to
accommodate the large crowd by asking
them to line up so that they can
wait in line for their turn at the scope. The sky
that night was good amid expected light pollution at the
site. ALPers first trained their telescopes at
planet Mars which shows a nice orange disk in which the
polar ice cap was clearly seen under fair seeing!
As the sky gets darker,
telescopes were trained at brightest star Sirius, M42
Orion Nebula, M45 Pleiades star cluster. The stargazing session lasted till around 9:15pm and ALPers
called it a night and set up for their traditional group
picture shot before they packed up and
went home with a happy heart that they were again able
to share the night sky with numerous people at the
Wacky Shot !!! See you again
on February 20th PAC at Planetarium and Free Public
Stargazing Session after the PAC!
ASTROCAMP OBSERVATORY, SM MOA SMBY
ALPers Dr Armando Lee and wife
Myra Lee celebrated the opening of NAW 2010 in San
Miguel by the Bay Park together with their son Jason Lee
by spending time watching the 1st night/round of the
2010 Pyromusical Competition held at the seafront of
SMBY Park. After the fireworks from the Philippines and
USA, the Astrocamp
Observatory opened its doors to the people inside
the park in celebration of NAW 2010. There were around
70 people who availed of the entrance to the Astrocamp
Observatory provided for by the VIP tickets of the
Pyromusical event that night and looked through the 11
inch SCT telescope pointed at
Mars and Saturn. A 10
dobsonian telescope was already used to show
views of Pleiades
cluster and the
great Orion Nebula.