December 15-16, 2012 ALP Caliraya Stargazing Report
Images by James Kevin Ty, Gary Andreassen , Mike Enage &
December 15, despite the prediction of a so so weather,
some members of the Astronomical League of the
Philippines (ALP) decided to proceed to Caliraya , Laguna to have
their monthly weekend stargazing session under dark sky. Members who were present were ALP President James
Kevin Ty, wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; Gary Andreassen
and wife Irma Andreassen ; Mike Enage and dad Alex
Enage, Arnel Campos and friend Jerry Calvadores and
newest ALPer Per Edman and son Oliver Edman.
individually proceeded to the site at their own pace but
mostly arrived at the site at around 6:30pm. The sky was
partly clear with clouds passing in between intervals.
Overall, it was still clear most of the evening although
heavy dewing was present that evening. ALP President
James Kevin Ty and family arrived late in the evening as
they were caught in heavy traffic in Calamba area!
James brought along his
Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens on Vixen GP-DX mount with ATIK-16HR ccd
camera as well as Vixen Polarie star tracker ; Gary
with his Celestron C6N Newtonian reflector and Canon
EOS1100D DSLR on Orion SVP EQ-5 mount, Mike with
his Vixen Polarie mount and Nikon wide angle lens, Arnel
brought along his Celestron C130 Newtonian reflector on
EQ-1 mount ; Per brought his Orion XT6 Dobsonian
clouds interfering a possible long exposure shots
through the CCD camera, James opted to cancel his
imaging session and observe visually as well as observe
a few Geminids along the way. Gary and Mike opted
to shoot wide field this time around while Per observe
through his Orion XT6 visually.
2:45am, light rain started to pour until the early
morning time :( They then get their traditional
group shot and headed top Jollibee Pagsanjan and had
their breakfast before heading home. ALP President
James Kevin Ty as well as some ALPers set up plan
to observe again this coming weekend to make up for his
failed imaging session.
Newest ALPer Per Edman and his
son Oliver join the veteran ALPers to get his first
baptismal of fire under dark skies.
ALPer Mike Enage is all smile
with his portable Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.
Accompaning Mike is his dad Sir Alex.
ALPer Gary Andreassen posed
seriously beside his Celestron C6N Newtonian
reflector on Orion SVP EQ-5 mount.
ALPer Arnel Campos beside his
Celestron C130 reflector on EQ-1 mount.
Joining him is his friend Jerry Calvadores.
ALPer James Kevin Ty beside
his CCD imaging setup
ALPers had a good breakfast at
Jollibee Pagsanjan before heading home.
Winter Milky Way through a
wide angle lens mounted on ultra portable Vixen
Polarie Star Tracker by ALPer Mike Enage.
Winter Milky Way in Canis
Major Region by ALPer Gary Andreassen.
Short North Polar Trail by
ALPer Gary Andreassen
Long Exposure North Polar
Trail by Alex Enage.
See you in our next Caliraya