June 2, 2013 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu
Last June 2,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) held their monthly meeting at Manila
Planetarium. Members who attended were ALP
President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick
Cole KC Ty ; Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, directors
Edgar Ang and John Ray Cabrera ; Mike Enage, Ronald Sison,
Justine Mae Garcia , Marlon Monzon , Mark Vornhusen &
wife Aileen Vornhusen, Norman Marigza, and Bel Pabunan.
started at around 3:30pm with
ALP president James Kevin Ty introducing the 2
lecturers for the day namely Nathaniel Custodio & ALP
Secretary Christopher Louie Lu.
First lecturer was
ALPer Nathaniel Custodio who share his DSO imaging as
well as image processing skills entitled "DSO Imaging
with DSLR with Tips & Techniques in IRIS Software
Processing." He started out by introducing the
DSLR as one of the most commonly used consumer camera
that is both easy to use as well as handle. He
also touched on the pros and cons of the DSLR compare to
the dedicated CCD astro cameras. He then gave good
pointers on how to start image acquisition and what
correct procedures needed to get yourself a nice
deep sky object (DSO) image for you to be proud of.
He then touched on some basic procedure on how to get
started with an astro image processing software called
IRIS. He has a scheduled Part 2 on July monthly
meeting to discuss further on how to set the basic
settings on IRIS software.
This was followed
by ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu gave an
interesting lecture on " Relating to Strings."
This talk is
made to feature what is to be the next step in particle
physics, String Theory. It is a proposed yet unproven
theory back in the 1970's, redefining our understanding
of particle physics. It states that particles that made
up atoms are composed of 'strings' of energy that
vibrates and resonates in different ways to create
different kinds of atoms.
understanding of our universe is explained by two
concepts. the Theory of General Relativity and Quantum
Mechanics. The goal of String Theory, is to unify these
two concepts as a single, simple equation that will
encompass everything we see (or do not see) in our
universe. However, this idea of a unified 'Theory of
Everything' has became the 'holy grail' of particle
physics simply because there is not enough evidence to
prove its validity. According to our current
understanding, String Theory can only work with an
additional 6 dimension and a particle that has 0 mass
and a spin value of 2.
Einstein, during his final days, tried his best to solve
this problem. Unfortunately, he passed on before he
could. Today's generation of Theoretical Physicist is
now on a race to unify the Relativity and Quantum
Mechanics. With the help of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
in Geneva, Switzerland, the answer to this problem might
not be too far away.
Custodio gave an interesting lecture entitled
"DSO Imaging with DSLR with Tips & Techniques in
IRIS Software Processing."
ALP Secretary Christopher
Louie Lu gave an interesting lecture on "
Relating to Strings."
President James Kevin Ty inform the members of the
organization's plans to come out with its 10th year
anniversary Souvenir Yearbook and encourage memebrs to
submit their articles and images for use on the planned
yearbook which will come out this September in time for
their anniversary party. The meeting ended at around 6:30pm.