June 16, 2011 ALP Total Lunar
Eclipse Observation Report
Kevin Ty & Jett Aguilar
Images by James Kevin Ty , Jett Aguilar , Pejvac
Parhizkari, Armando Lee & Iah Serna
Last June 16, members of the
Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) observe the total lunar eclipse at AstroCamp
Observatory in SM Mall of Asia San Miguel by the Bay.
Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin
Ty, VP Jett Aguilar, Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan, PRO
Armando Lee , wife Mia & son Jason Lee, directors Rich
Pijuan & Christopher Lee & wife Sandra Lee, Iah Serna,
Victor Espartero & son Sheldon Espartero, Pejvac
Parhizkari, Kevin Dagunan , Arnel Campos & wife Michelle
Campos & Zareer Contractor.
James Kevin Ty
brought along his Canon EOS 500D on Canon EF 100-400mm
f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens with EF 1.4x II extender on Vixen
GP-D mount ; Jett Aguilar brought along his Takahashi
TSA-102 refractor with Canon EOS 50D on Vixen GP-D mount
; Andrew Ian Chan brought long his Skywatcher 80ED
refractor with Canon EOS 500D on Vixen GP mount ;
Armando Lee with his Celestron C90 Maksutov with Canon
EOS 350D on Celestron ASGT mount ; Christopher Lee on
William Optics Zenithstar 80ED refractor on Celestron ASGT mount ; Kevin
Dagunan on Orion Apex 127 Maksutov on Celestron ASGT
mount ; Victor Espartero on William Optics 66SD
refractor on EQ-1 mount; Rich Pijuan with
Celestron C90 Maksutov with Canon EOS 550D on sturdy
tripod ; Arnel Campos on Celestron Powerseeker 127mm
Newtonian reflector on EQ-1 mount .
Jett Aguilar beside his
Takahashi TSA-102 refractor on GP-D mount.
Pejvac Parhizkari beside his
William Optics Zenithstar 70ED refractor on
Takahashi Sky Patrol 2 mount.
Christopher Lee is adjusting
exposure of his webcam installed on William Optics
Zenithstar 80ED refractor on Celestron ASGT mount
while Victor Espartero looks on.
Kevin Dagunan beside his Orion
Apex 127 Maksutov on Celestron ASGT mount.
Victor Espartero (left) and
his son Paolo beside William Optics Zenithstar 66SD
refractor on EQ-1 mount.
Armando Lee beside his
Celestron C90 Maksutov on Celestron ASGT mount.
James Kevin Ty beside his
Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens with EF 1.4x
II on Vixen GP-D mount.
Andrew Ian Chan (right) and
Iah Serna (left) beside his Skywatcher 80ED
refractor on Vixen GP mount.
Rich Pijuan beside her
Celestron C90 Maksutov on sturdy tripod.
Arnel (left) and Michelle
(right) Campos beside their Celestron PowerSeeker
127 Newtonian refractor on EQ-1 mount.
Jett Aguilar being interviewed
by ABS-CBN crew.
Armando Lee (left) and James
Kevin Ty (right) being interviewed by ABS-CBN
Penumbra started at around
1:24am but it was around 1:45am that they were able to
start detecting the slight hint of penumbral shading
though their images but visual shading started at around
2:15am. Umbra started more or less around 2:25am and the
magnificent 3D view of the penumbral and umbral shadings
were a sight to behold as the umbral shadings
progressed. Midway through totality, one can see the
bright coppery orange tint on the penumbra area as early
as 2:50am. As it enters totality at around 3:23am,
the eclipsed Moon shows a bright orange tint in the
early stage of totality .
As it progressed towards maximum
totality at around 4:13am, the bright light orange tint
started to dimmed a bit and becomes dull orange through
visual observation with naked eye, binoculars and
telescopes. Using telescopes and camera
lenses exposed for longer duration, the images came out
as dark red orange which most of the people referred to
it as the "Red Moon." By this time, stars started
to be visible as the ALPers were able to witness 2
lunar occultation of HIP85703 and another magnitude 8
star. ALPer Pejvac Parhizkari was able also to
image a wide angle shot of the eclipse to include the
Milky Way! Estimated Danjon scale for this eclipse
is more or less around 2.5 as amid its dull red tint,
James reported that he can still see it through his
ALPers were able to observe the
eclipse till around 5:00am before the Moon got covered
by thick haze in the SW horizon. They then
started to packed up their equipment as well as get a
customary group shot before they go home to get some
rest as well as report for work :) Aside from
this, ALPers Armando Lee and James Kevin Ty were also
interviewed by ABS-CBN news reporters.
Till Next Total Lunar Eclipse on
December 10, 2011 !
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