April 7, 2013 ALP GAM
Images by James Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu
Last April 7, members
of the Astronomical League of the Philippines went to
Rajah Sulayman Park at Baywalk after their monthly
meeting to conduct a free public
solar viewing session to celebrate the Global
Astronomy Month SUNday. ALP is also coordinating
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Astronomy Society to conduct this
events as both countries are under segment 2 of 30
nights of StarPeace Project.
who were present to help were ALP President James Kevin
Ty, wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; ALP
Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, Gary Andreassen with wife Irma Andreassen;
Ronald Sison, Per Edman with son Oliver; Mark Vornhusen and wife Arlene
Vornhusen ; Bel Pabunan & Liza Quitlong; guests Canadian
amateur astronomer Nolan Smith and German amateur
astronomer Patrick Schmeer.
James brought along Coronado
PST-Ha on Vixen Polarie Mount; Per with Orion XT6 dobsonian
reflector ; Louie with Celestron Powerseeker 80
refractor with EQ-1 mount and Mark with Coronado PST-Ha
on sturdy tripod and Ronald Sison with Celestron C90 Mak
on sturdy tripod. They started out at
around 4:30pm and pointed their telescopes to our
solar system's closest star, the Sun.
They let the viewers look at the Sun through white light
as well as Hydrogen Alpha wavelength . NOTE:
DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT THE USE OF SAFE SOLAR
FILTERS OR EYE DAMAGE WILL OCCUR !!!
The viewers were able to see huge
sunspot AR11711 Sunspot Group in white light wavelength
as well as several smaller sunspot groups and 2 huge
eruptive prominences, AR11711 Sunspot Group and numerous
flares and long twisting dark filaments!!! More than 150+ people were able to get their chance to
view the Sun up close and personal that late afternoon.
They were also able to see a good clear view of sunset
as well as seeing International Space Station (ISS)
flyby! At around 6:30pm, they had their traditional
group shot taken before packing up their telescopes and
went to Aristocrat restaurant for dinner before
heading home. A perfect SUNday indeed !!!
Canadian amateur astronomer
Nolan Smith join ALPers in GAM SUNday solar
Astro Kid KC take a peek at
the Coronado PST-Ha.
More than 150+ people got to
view the Sun in white light and Ha wavelength.
ALPer Per Edman had a great
time showing the Sun to the public with his XT6
German amateur astronomer
Patrick Schmeer also join ALPers in conducting free
solar observation to the public.
ALPer Gary Andreassen posed
beside the Coronado PST-Ha on Vixen Polarie Mount. "
I will take her home anytime :) LOL"
ALPer James Kevin Ty beside
his Coronado PST-Ha on Vixen Polarie Mount. "Look
guys! No drift! The Sun is still at the
center of field for more than 2.5 hours!!! "
ALPer Christopher Louie Lu
Celestron Powerseeker 80 refractor
with EQ-1 mount .
ALPer Ronald Sison is all
smiles as he guide the viewers on how to observe the
A foreigner guest takes a peek
at the Sun through the Coronado PST-Ha.
Another foreigner guest
takes a peek at the Sun through the Coronado PST-Ha.
ALPers had a power dinner
after a successful SUNday free solar observation!!!
See you on April 13 GAM Deep Sky
Watch at Caliraya Laguna !!!