December 10-11, 2011 Total
Amid a rainy and cloudy weather condition last
December 10th, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP)
stationed at Astrocamp Observatory Services in SM Mall of Asia San Miguel by
the Bay in Pasay City as well as in other areas were blessed with light
clouds only thus permitting most of them to document the total lunar eclipse
At Astrocamp, the main site of
the ALP total lunar eclipse observation , ALPers which
include ALP president James Kevin Ty, wife Charito and
son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; ALP PRO Armando Lee, wife Mia
and son Jason Lee; ALP Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan,
girlfriend Iah Serna and sister Berenice Viola Chan; ALP
Special event chairman Christopher Louie Lu , wife Karen
and daughter Frances; directors Edgar Ang & Christopher
Lee; John Ray Cabrera, Victor Espartero, Arnel
Campos & wife Michelle; Ronald Sison, Mark Ian Singson ,
Joanne Escober, staffs of Astrocamp Observatory ,
Bernie Esporlas, etc.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
brought along his portbale imaging setup in Canon EOS
500D DSLR on Canon EF100-400mm IS L lens mounted
on Kenko Sky Memo-R tracker, ALP PRO Armando Lee with
Canon EOS 1100 DSLR on Celestron C90 mounted on Atlas
EQ-6 mount; ALP Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan with his Canon
EOS 500D DSLR on Skywatcher 80ED refractor on Vixen GP
mount; ALP special events chairman Christopher Louie Lu
on Canon EOS 450D DSLR on Celestron Powerseeker 80 EQ on
EQ-1 mount ; Arnel Campos with Canon EOS 550D DSLR on
Celestron C50 Mak and Powerseeker 127 Newtonian
reflector on EQ-1 mount ; Ronald Sison with Nikon D70
DSLR on Celestron C90 on EQ-1 mount ; Joanne Escober
with Nikon D80 DSLR on Nikon 18-135mm lens ; Director
Edgar And and John Ray Cabrera used WO 66SD
refractor and Orion GoScope 80mm Tabletop Refractor
provided by Astrocamp were used to let the public get a
good telescopic view of the eclipse in progress :)
The sky in the early evening
was cloudy and was only able to
out of the clouds at around 8:25pm midway on the
penumbral phase and was visible almost in its entirely
till the end of the penumbral egress at around 1:30am
the next day :) The Moon at totality was slightly
bright on the southern limb because the Moon passed
through the southernmost umbral shadow. ALP
president James Kevin Ty together with ALPer John Nassr
in Baguio City were able to image the "turquoise fringe"
often seen during total lunar eclipses and their images
mentioned in spaceweather.com! Atmospheric
scientist Richard Keen of the University of Colorado
explains: "Light passing through the upper stratosphere
penetrates the ozone layer, which absorbs red light and
actually makes the passing light ray bluer. This can be
seen as a soft blue fringe around the red core of
While ALP imagers were firing
away their cameras on the eclipsed Moon, ALPers Edgar
Ang and John Ray Cabrera as well as Christopher Louie
also helped out and treated the public onlookers and
guest the beauty of the eclipse through different scopes
:) During totality phase, some stars on the
constellation Taurus were easily visible near the Moon
As for the color of the
eclipsed Moon during totality, it was not as dark as
last June 16th total lunar eclipse which passed through
almost centrally into the Earth's umbral shadow thus
showing a very red eclipse. For this eclipse, the
northern part of the Moon shows a coppery light reddish
hue with bright limb showing whitish and bluish tint in
the southern limb part of the Moon. Nevertheless,
it was a sight to behold as members as well as the
public onlookers had a great time were treated with a
good view of the eclipse!
Members stayed till around
1:00am before they start to packed up and were glad that
the sky cooperated with them and let them see the beauty
of the total lunar eclipse that evening!
ALPer Edgar Ang manned one of
the scopes for public viewing of the lunar eclipse.
Public onlookers got a chance
to look at the eclipse free.
ALPer James Kevin Ty beside
his Canon EOS 500D with Canon 100-400mm
f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R tracker.
ALPer Armando Lee strike a
pose beside his Celestron C90 piggybacked on
Celestron C11 SCT on Atlas EQ-6 mount.
ALPer Edgar Ang posed for a
moment beside the Orion GoScope 80mm Tabletop
ALPers Armando Lee, Edgar Ang
and John Ray Cabrera posed beside the Orion GoScope
80mm Tabletop Refractor being used for public
viewing of the eclipse.
Astrocamp also got some
foreigner guests to view the eclipse :)
ALPers and Astrocamp staffs
joined hands to facilitate the lunar eclipse
ALPer Ronald Sison posed
beside his Celestron C90 on EQ-1 mount.
ALPers Chrsitpher Louie Lu and
Mark Ina Singson posed beside Chris' Celestron
Powerseeker 80 refractor on EQ-1 mount.
ALPer Joanne Escober enjoys
observing and imaging the total lunar eclipse
through her Nikon D80 on Nikon 18-135mm lens.
ALPer Andrew Ian Chan strike a
GQ pose beside his Skywatcher 80ED refractor on
Vixen GP mount.
ALPer John Ray Cabrera
entertain questions on the lunar eclipse from a
group of Indian guests.
ALPers James Kevin Ty and
Charito Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty posed
together beside James' portable imaging setup.
ALPer Christopher Louie Lu
aims high almost to the zenith as totality is
in progress ! Stiff neck for sure! :) LOL
ALPers Edgar Ang and Armando
Lee are discussing on the eclipse inside the
ALPer Arnel Campos and wife
Michelle posed between their 2 astro babies :)
ALPers Andrew Ian Chan, Iah
Serna and Berenice Viola Chan posed beside Andrew's
After pass totality, ALPer
Christopher Louie Lu helps out ALPers Edgar Ang and
John Ray Cabrera by using his scope to let other
guests view the Moon.
Who is more handsome of the 3?
ALPer Chris, Arnel or Powerseeker 127? :) LOL
You know the answer :) LOL
Wacky Shot! Merry Christmas and a Happy ALP Year!!!
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