April 15, 2012 ALP Global
Astronomy Saturn Watch Stargazing Report
Christopher Louie Lu
Images by James Kevin Ty, Gary Andreassen and Christopher Louie Lu
LOOKED SO GOOD! Fielding their telescopes to give the
public free views of the Ringed Planet, the Astronomical
League of the Philippines with special participation by
the Manila Museum Planetarium celebrated Global
Astronomy Month's SATURN WATCH at Astrocamp Observatory
Services, SM Mall of Asia By the Bay, Pasay City last
April 15. Members who attended are ALP President James
Kevin Ty with wife Chat and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty, ALP
PRO Dr. Armando Lee with wife Mia, ALP Secretary
Christopher Louie Lu with wife Karren and daughter
Frances, Gary Andreassen with wife Irma, son Steinar and
their family, Sheldon Espartero, Mike Enage and Mark Ian
Singson. Representatives of the Manila Museum
Planetarium, Curator Bel Pabunan and Liza Quitlong were
also on hand to assist in the event. Besides the
Celestron C11 inside the Astrocamp dome, members also
brought various telescopes to the event. Christopher Lu
has his Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ, Gary & Steinar with
their Celestron C6N reflector on a Orion SVD EQ-5 mount
and Mike Enage with his Sky Watcher 114 Newtonian
reflector on a tripod mount.
assembled at Astrocamp grounds at around 7:00 pm and
began assembling their various telescopes. After
calibration of their scopes free public viewing
officially began at around 8pm. Since Saturn is in
opposition with the Sun the ringed planet is really a
sight to behold. Various "oohhs" and "aahhs" was heard
throughout the night as people from different walks of
life see Saturn for the first time.
Long queue awaited their
turn at ALPer Gary's scope.
ALPer Maike Enage also had his
hand full showing Saturn with his scope.
ALPer Christopher Louie Lu
explains to the guests on what they are seeing
through his telescope.
More than 350 people were able
to observe Saturn through various scopes from
The Andreassen Dynamic Duo
strike a pose with National Museum Planetarium
curator Bel Pabunan.
Newest ALPer Steinar
Andreassen helps his dad in showing Saturn to the
catering to some 350 people along the baywalk, Saturn
Watch officially closed at 10pm after which ALP members
pause to take their official group picture.