April 30 - May 1, 2011 ALP Caliraya
Stargazing Session Report
Images by James Kevin Ty & Pejvac Parhizkari &
Christopher Louie Lu
Last April 30, Members
and families of Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) went to Caliraya ,
Laguna to continue their observing & imaging session.
They were ALP President James Kevin Ty, wife Charito and
son Kendrick Cole KC Ty, VP Jett Aguilar , Treasurer
Andrew Ian Chan and Iah Serna , PRO Armando Lee , wife
Mia and son Jason Lee, Special Event Chairman
Christopher Louie Lu , wife Karen and Frances Lu, Pejvac
Parhizkari, Arnel Campos , wife Michelle , nieces Phoebe and Jaimee.
They arrive at Caliraya around
6:00pm and setup their
equipment. ALP President James Kevin Ty brought along
his Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EF 100-400mm
f/4.5-5.6 IS L Lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R mount ; Pejvac Parhizkari with his Canon Astro 50D DSLR with Canon EF
100mm f/2.8 lens on Takahashi Sky Patrol 2 mount ; Jett
Aguilar with his Canon EOS 50D DSLR and Atik 16HR
CCD camera on Takahashi TSA102 refractor on Vixen GP-DX
mount with Skly Sensor 2000; Armando Lee with his
Canon EOS 350D DSLR on William Optics Zenithstar 80ED
refractor on EQ-6 mount ; Andrew Ian Chan with his Canon
EOS 500D DSLR on Skywatcher 80ED refractor on Vixen GP
mount with Sky Sensor 2000 ; Arnel Campos with his
Celestron Powerseeker 127 Newtonian reflector on EQ-1
Christopher Louie Lu brought along his binoculars.
The sky was clear when they arrive and it stayed that
way almost the whole session and they all had a
good time observing as well as imaging the night sky.
ALPers Andrew and Christopher arrived a little late in
the evening as they have important things to finish in
the afternoon before they proceeded to join the group.
It was also Arnel's first observing session at Caliraya
and was amazed at the dark skies and numerous DSO and
stars that he can observe that morning with his
Unfortunately, the wind was very strong as well thus
they have to use their cars try to make a wind breaker
out of them :( They had to struggle with the strong wind
that the had ruin numerous exposures that they did that
whole session. Nevertheless, they still mange
to get some shot of amid the windy situation.
Milky Way under dark sky condition at Caliraya
by Christopher Louie Lu
James tried out the Coal Sack Region n Crux as well as
Cat's Paw & Lobster Nebula in Scorpius. Pejvac , on the other hand,
did wide field region
section of the Milky Way. Jett concentrated
on M51 and Milky Way wide field shot. Armand image
several bright DSOs; Christopher Louie
also tried to image the Summer Milky Way , Andrew test
shot some DSO images while Arnel test shot the Crux
region with his Olympus digicam on sturdy
At around 5:00am , some ALPers
also image the beautiful Earthshine as well as nice
planetary conjunction of Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and
Mars together with the crescent Moon .
They hope to try it again this
coming June 4 session at Caliraya again with
ALPer Mia Lee points a nice
Rainbow arching across the lake.
Astro Moms and Kids
ALPer Jett Aguilar posed
beside his Takahashi TSA102 refractor on Vixen GP-DX
ALPers James Kevin Ty & Pejvac
Parhizkari posed beside James' portable imaging
ALPer Armando Lee beside his
William Optics Zenithstar 80ED refractor on EQ-6
ALPer Arnel Campos brought
along his Celestron Powerseeker 127 Newtonian
reflector on EQ-1 mount
ALPer Arnel Campos together
with his wife and nieces were there the first time
to enjoy the dark skies.
ALPer Armando Lee give
pointers to the Astro Kids on how to do proper
Astro Kids trying their luck
in Fishing :)
The 3 Astro Kids
The New Wackier Astro Kids!!!
Hungry ALPers waiting for
meals to be served.
ALPer Charito Ty posed with
the Astro Kids
Astro Kids had fun on the
slide at the Palaisdaan sa Bay restaurant while
waiting for the food to be served.
It's Chow Time !!!
Astro Kids took a stroll after
a hearty meal.
ALPers and families posed for traditional group shot.
Wacky Shot! See you again on June 4!!!
For Astro Images taken by ALPers,