April 13-14, 2013 ALP  Caliraya Stargazing Session Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty , Jett Aguilar, Mike Enage , Mark Vornhusen , Ronald Sison


Last April 13, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines went to Caliraya , Laguna for their monthly dark skies stargazing session.  Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty, wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; VP Jett Aguilar, Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan & Iah Serna ; Mike Enage, Ronald Sison with sons Adrian & Aldrin Sison,  Mark Vornhusen , Per Edman & son Oliver Edman ; guests German amateur astronomer  Patrick Schmeer & Sky Wei.

They departed after lunch individually and most of them arrive late at around 8:00pm more or less because of  heavy trafiic along Calamba , Laguna!  James brought along his Canon EF100-400mm IS L lens mounted on Vixen GPDXmount & Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.  Jett brought along his MicroTech 6" RC & William Optics Megrez 90 refractor on Vixen GPDX mount. Andrew with his Skywatcher 80ED refractor on Vixen GP mount; Mike with his ETX125 Mak OTA mounted on Vixen GPDX mount; Mark with his Nikon 180mm lens on Polarie Star Tracker, Ronald with his Nikon lenses mounted on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

The sky was mostly clear the whole night although some passing clouds did interfere once in a while. They were able to image the Milky Way as well as some deep sky objects such as Orion Nebula, Omega Centauri globular star cluster, Lagoon & Triffid Nebula & M101 Pinwheel Galaxy.  They attempted to image Comet 2011 L4 PanSTARRS but was  foiled by low NE horizon clouds :(

At around 8:00am, they packed up their stuffs and had their customary group shot taken before going to Jollibee Pagsanjan  to have their breakfast before going home.

M42 Orion Nebula by ALPer Mark Vornhusen

Summer Milky Way by ALPer Mark Vornhusen

Eta Carina Nebula by ALPer Mike Enage

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy  by ALPer Mike Enage

Omega Centauri Globular Star Cluster  by ALPer Mark Vornhusen

Polaris Star Trail by ALPer Ronald Sison

M8 Lagoon & M20 Triffid Nebula by ALPer James Kevin Ty

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy  by ALPer Jett Aguilar

Summer Milky Way by ALPer James Kevin Ty

Summer Milky Way by ALPer James Kevin Ty

Rho Ophiuchi by ALPer Mark Vornhusen

Breakfast before going home !

Group Shot

Wacky Shot :)



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