June 6, 2012 ALP Venus Transit
Luneta Team Report
Kevin Ty & Belen Pabunan
Images by Armando Lee , Bel Pabunan & Mark
most awaited astronomical phenomena, the Venus Transit,
had been observed on June 6, 2012. The National Museum
Planetarium together with the Astronomical League of the
Philippines, Inc. (ALP) in cooperation with National
Parks Development Committee (NPDC) documented and
conducted a free public viewing of the 2012 transit of
Venus, the last in the 21st century at
Rizal Park, Manila. ALP Binondo team comprises ALP PRO
Armando Lee, wife Mia and son Jason Lee; ALP
directors Christopher Lee & John Ray Cabrera; Kaye
Banaag, Jerome Clemente, Mark Ian Singson, Jan Karlo
Hernandez, Mark Vornhusen, Sheldon Espartero, Hernando
Bautista, Pia Cuarteros, Bel Pabunan and staffs of
They started to setup before
sunrise at 5:00am,
the beginning of the transit / ingress that was why they
were not able to get good contact timings of Ingress
but still manage to capture some images between
the 1st and
. But as the sky cleared at 7:45 am, documentation and
observation continued to the delight of
all those present. Armand setup his Orion
Apex 127 Mak on CG-5GT mount; Christopher Lee with his
Celestron 80mm refractor with Canon EOS 350D DSLR on
CG-5GT mountl; Jan Karlo with his Orion Apex 105 Mak on
EQ-1 mount; Mark Vornhusen with his 1000mm Mirror
lens and Coronado PST-Ha; Kaye with her Tasco 5" Mak-Newtonian
reflector on EQ-2 mount; Bel and staff brought along
Celestron C8 SCT and 4" Skywatcher 102 refractor on EQ-3
greatest transit at around 9:35 am, they had the
traditonal ALP group picture and then waited for
the 3td and 4th contacts. Promenaders of Rizal
Park had also the chance to view and witness the transit
ABS-CBN was present
to cover the event. Hosts Venus Raj and Andrei Felix,
interviewed Ms. Belen Pabunan, Curator II
NM-Planetarium. The interview was aired live on their
morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda”. Channel 5 also covered
the event and had a chance to interviewed Dr.
Armando Lee and Ms. Joey Ubana of Philippine Airlines.
The same was aired on their early morning news show.
Also present to document the event were Ms. Girlie Linao of
German press and other local press. They
stayed till around 9:30am more or less to cover the
Weather started to get clear when
it reached greatest transit at around 9:30am.
ALPers were also able to let a lot of people get their
chance to view the transit through their numerous
telescopes! weather continues to be clear till the end
of the event which more or less ended at around 12:49pm
with all of them having s a good time and
not minding the
heat of the sun and perspiration. What an amazing and
Greatest Transit Time
Umaga Kay Ganda (UKG) host
Venus Raj tries to look at her astro counterpart
Venus through ALP PRO Armando Lee's telescope.
ALP Venus Transit Luneta Team
ALP director Christopher Lee
beside his Venus Transit Imaging Setup
ALPer Sheldon Espartero beside
his Venus Transit Imaging Setup
Hundreds of curious spectators
swarmed the ALP Luneta Team to get a chance to
view the rare Venus Transit spectacle!
ALPer Mark Vornhusen setup his
1000mm mirror lens to image the event!
ALP Mia Lee beside Armand's
Venus Transit Imaging Setup
ABC 5 crew and reporters got
their chaNCE TO
ALPer Christopher Lee
checked on ALPer Jan Karlo's image through Jan's
Apex 102 Mak.
Who is the fairest of them all
UKG hosts lead Planetarium
staffs as well as ALP lady members in doing early
aerobic sequence :) Nice!
UKG hosts posed with ALPers
and Manila Planetarium staffs :)
ALPers Jan Karlo
Hernandez and Mark Ian Singson had a great time
viewing the Venus Transit!
ALPer Hernando Bautista
checked out Armand's setup.
A battery of telescopes were
pointed at the Sun to view Venus as it transits
across the Sun!
UKG hosts Venus Raj and Andrei
Felix interviews Manila Planetarium curator Belen
ABC 5 news interview ALP PRO
Venus Transit Luneta Team Group Shot
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