ALP February 20, 2010 NAW
Public Stargazing Session Report
by: James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty
Last February 20, members of
the Astronomical League of the
(ALP) after the conclusion of the4 2nd Philippine
Astronomy Convention at Manila Planetarium proceeded to
Rajah Sulayman Park at Baywalk, Luneta to staged a free
public stargazing session
to conclude their National Astronomy Week
celebration. Among the members who were there to help
out that evening were ALP President James Kevin Ty ,
Charito Ty and son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty, PRO Armando
Lee, Myra Lee and son Jason Lee, Treasurer Henry So,
Secretary Rich Pijuan, Tommy Tan, Vincent Lao, Andrew
Ian Chan, Berenice Viola Chan, Rosalyn Penol, Mark
Anthony Honrade, Roldan de Guia, Rommel Palacpac,
Ellaine Pena, Lou Balayan, PLM Astrosoc / ALPers Procula
Amarillo, Jennifer Sy, Rosemarie Balatbat, Marc Joven
Cortel, and Reynen Rose Pausanos ; Planetarium staff / ALPers Nel Lagda, Desiree
del Rosario, Mary Ann Ramirez, Lalaine Yorobe, Maximo
Zabanal and members of the PLM Astrosoc. Guests
professional astronomer Thijs Kouwenhoven and friends
Jon Jon Dimaano , Laysa Salonga of UPLB, Henry's friend
Marilene Ng also attended the event.
They started to setup their
telescopes at around 6:00pm . ALP President James Kevin
brought along KC's Meade ETX90AT and ALP's Meade 8" SCT,
PRO Armando Lee brought along his newly bought telescope
for his son Jason, an Orion GoScope 80 dobsonian
refractor, Andrew brought long his Skywatcher 80ED
refractor on EQ-1 mount and Planetarium staff brought
along their 4" f/10 refractor on EQ-4 mount.
ALPer Ellaine Pena trained the
ALP 8" SCT at the Moon!
RTU's MS Astro students were
also there to help the stargazing session as well as
enjoy viewing the Moon!
ALPers Andrew Ian and
Berenice Viola Chan brought along their Skywatcher
80ED refractor to show the public the lunar craters!
ALPer Mark Anthony Honrade
used his digital camera to image the Moon afocally
while ALPers and RTU MS Astro students watch his
Thijs Kouwenhoven was also
there to observe Moon and Mars as well as observe
how ALPers operates a public stargazing session.
Thijs Kouwenhoven stood tall
beside the ALP's Meade 8" SCT.
Telescope queue lines started
to pile up as curious people wanted to know what
objects can be seen by the telescopes that evening.
PLM Astrosoc members as well
as PLM/ALPers posed for a group shot. Say
ALPer Andrew Ian Chan pointed
his refractor at the Moon while the people waited
for their turn at the scope.
The viewers not only take this
opportunity to look through the telescope but also
use the time to have their picture taken beside a
PLM / ALPers take a rest after
helping out at the queue lines .
ALPer Rommel Palacpac relieved
ALPer Ellaine Pena to had her rested while he handle
the 8" SCT that was pointing at planet Mars.
Observing the planet Mars
through the 8" SCT has the longest queue line :)
Oh My God! Mars is
ALP President James Kevin Ty
also helped out in assisting ALPer Rommel Palacpac
at the 8" SCT.
ALP PRO Armando Lee posed with
RTU MS Astro students.
The Cute Astro Boys and The
Fair Ladies :)
It was the first time for
Thijs' friend Jon Jon Dimaano to look at the planet
Mars through a large scope. Nice!
More than 300 people were able
to have a chance to look at stars and planets through
different type of telescopes that evening. 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.
Among the objects that were shown that evening were
planet Mars, the quarter Moon, M42 Orion Nebula and M45
Pleiades star cluster. Seeing that evening was
surprisingly clear with Mars showing tremendous amount
of Martian features as well as polar ice cap at 339x !
The Quarter Moon was also a show stopper with viewers
awed by the many craters that were visible to them both
at low and high power!
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
With the conclusion of the
National Astronomy Week celebration, ALP would like to
thank its members who were able to help out on the
February 14th and 20th Baywalk stargazing sessions as
well as the 2nd Philippine Astronomy Convention!
Without their unselfish dedication, be it small or
big, the 2010 National Astronomy Week celebration would
not have been a success! Thank you ALPers!
ALPers posed for posterity at the end of the stargazing
Wacky Shot !!!