April 7, 2012 ALP Global
Astronomy Lunar Week Stargazing Report
Christopher Louie Lu
Images by Gary Andreassen and Christopher Louie Lu
Astronomical League of the Philippines joins the world
in celebrating the last night of Global Astronomy
Month's Lunar Week by setting up their telescopes at
Astrocamp Observatory Services, SM Mall of Asia, By the
Bay, Pasay City. Member who participated are Christopher
Louie Lu with his Celestron Powerseeker 80eq, Gary
Andreasen and son Steinar with their Celestron C6N on a
Orion Skyview Pro EQ5 mount and Sheldon Espartero
manning the Astrocamp's Celestron C11 gave Astrocamp
paying patrons views of not just the Moon but also
exquisite sites of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
With their set up just outside Astrocamp's perimeter,
ALPers treat the public with lovely views of the full
viewing started at around 7:30 when the Moon appeared
just behind MOA building complex. There was at least
180 people who were catered before Christopher and Gary
decided to take a 30 min break. Public viewing resumed
at around 10 pm where we expect to be done by 11pm.
Because of public interest and curiosity the viewing
session finally ended at around 12 pm. By then we
realized that we catered to almost 250 people.
More than 250 people got to
observe the Moon, as well as the planets Venus,
Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
Wow! The Moon view is
All scopes got long queues
from curious people wanting to get a chance to get a
glimpse of the Moon and planets.
ALP GAM Lunar Week Team Group
ended with Christopher and Gary with son, Steinar taking
a group picture in remembrance of this nights successful