March 4, 2012 ALP / AWB Hello
Mars Stargazing Report
After the ALP
monthly meeting last March 4, some members of the
Astronomical League of the Philippines went to Rajah
Sulayman Park to set up a free stargazing session in
line with the joint ALP / Astronomy Without Borders
project named Hello Mars!
were there to facilitate the event were ALP President
James Kevin Ty with wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole
KC Ty; ALP NAW Chairman / Secretary Christopher Louie Lu,
director Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Gary Andreassen with
wife Irma and son Steinar Andreassen; Norman Marigza and
James Kevin Ty brought along the Meade 8" f/10 SCT while NAW Chairman Christopher Louie
T. Lu with a Celestron Powerseeker 80mm refractor on a
equatorial mount, Gary Andreassen brought his 114mm reflector on
a equatorial mount. Norman Marigza brought his Celestron
Travel Scope 70mm refractor on sturdy tripod; Anthony
Urbano brought along his Skywatcher 100mm f/9 ED
refractor on Kenko NES mount.
a quick dinner, they started to setup their telescope
around 7:45pm and aim on the night's main subject which
is the red planet Mars. More than a 100
people were able to get a chance not only to view the
red planet but also the Waxing Gibbous Moon,
stargazing session is concluded at around 10:30pm, all
ALP members gathered to have their traditional group
picture taken before they called it a night with a
fulfilled feeling of being able to share the night sky
to the people!
ALPer Peter Benedict Tubalinal:
It's Mars Time !!!
ALPer Christopher Louie Lu
aimed his telescope toward the red planet Mars!
Another ALP Father and Son
tandem Gary and Steinar Andreaasen, Way to go
ALPer Norman Marigza is all
smile as he was able to share his telescope view to
numerous people at the park.
Newest ALPer Anthony Guiller
Urbano beside his Skywatcher 100mm f/9 ED refractor
on Kenko NES mount. Welcome to ALP Eteny!
ALP's Messier Marathon King
Peter Benedict Tubalinal show his observation skills
as well on planetary observation.
Peter: Mars is the red
bright dot over there!
Viewer: Wow! I can see Mars with its north polar
caps and Martian features! Cool!
More than a 100 people got
their chance to view Mars as well as the Gibbous
Moon that evening!
ALP set up around 5 telescopes
to share the beauty of the night sky to the people
at the park!
ALPer Peter Benedict Tubalinal
explains to the viewers on what is Hello Mars
project that ALP had participated together with
other astro communities around the world.
ALP Banner and Hello Mars mini
posters were setup to let the people know
about the event.
Wow! Astig! Ganda ng Buwan!
(Wow! Awesome! Beautiful Moon!)
Wow! The Moon is so beautiful
Newest ALPer Anthony Urbano
shows his full support to ALP activities by
joining and helping out in his first attendance as
ALP President James Kevin Ty
posed beside Meade SCT and ALP banner. Nice combo :)
Pose muna before I view Mars
Give me a second to center
Mars on the eyepiece .
ALPer Anthony Urbano beside
his friends and scope
Oh my God! I haven't seen that
much details on the Moon that close! Can
almost feel as If I'm there on a spaceship hovering
above the Moon!
Look Man! I even got to
have a Moon photo taken through my Ipod with the
help of James! You guys at ALP rocks!!!
Wacky Shot !!!