April 26-27, 2014 ALP Caliraya Stargazing Session Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty , Nathaniel Custodio, Val Villanueva, Manuel Goseco, Gary Andreassen

Last May 31, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) proceeded to Caliraya, Laguna to do some observation and imaging under dark skies.  Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty, wife Charito & son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; PRO Gary Andreassen, directors Arnel Campos, Mike Enage ,Armando Lee, wife Mia , son Jason Lee & friends ;  Nathaniel Custodio and family ; Val Villanueva and friends; Manuel Goseco.

Along the way, James was able to see a double rainbow along Calamba area but the secondary raibow didn't last long but the primary rainbow was visible more than an hour! They arrive at the site at around 5:00pm and set up their equipment after having dinner. ALP President James Kevin Ty brought along his modified Canon EOS 1000D camera with Canon EF100-400mm L lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R mount ; director Mike Enage with his ATIK 314L CCD camera & modded Canon EOS 350D DSLR with TMB 92 refractor on Vixen GP-DX mount ; Nataniel Custodio brought along his SBIG STF8300 CCD camera on Canon EF 200mm f /2.8 lens on Vixen GP-DX mount ; Val Villanueva with his Nikon DSLRs and Lenses on Vixen Polarie mount; Arnel Campos with his Explore Scientific AR102 refractor with Skywatcher HEQ-5 mount; Manuel Goseco with his Celestron C6N on EQ-5 mount.

The sky was clear most of the evening except for a few small patches of clouds and some short burst of light drizzles that dissipated quickly.  The entire stretch of Milky Way from Crux to Cygnus was visible !!!  James image Cat's Paw and Lobster Nebula in Scorpius ; Nathaniel Custodio imaged IC Elephant Trunk Nebula in Cepheus ; Val Villanueva image Milky Way  ; Gary Andreassen image the Milky Way as well as Sadr Region ; Manuel Goseco imaged Milky Way and Lagoon Nebula .

The group unfortunately was not able to get a traditional big group photo before leaving Caliraya in the morning as some had left early in the morning as the rest were sleeping. Nevertheless, the remaining members and guests had a quick group shot along the road overlooking Caliraya Lake. The session is still quite ok and looking forward for another good stargazing session in end of the month of June weather permitting!

NGC6334 Cat's Paw & NGC6357 Lobster Nebula in Scorpius by James Kevin Ty

IC1396 Elephant Trunk Nebula in Cepheus by Nathaniel Custodio

Milky Way by Gary Andreassen

Milky Way by Val Villanueva

Rho Ophiuchi Region by Gary Andreassen

Sadr Region in Cygnus by Gary Andreassen

Milky Way by Manuel Goseco

M8 Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius by Manuel Goseco

ALPer Mike Enage beside his TMB92 refractor on Vixen GP-DX mount

ALPer James Kevin Ty beside his Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R star tracker mount.

ALPer Arnel Campos beside his Explore Scientific AR102 refractor on Skywatcher HEQ5 mount.

ALPer Gary Andreassen beside his Canon EFS55-250mm f/5.6 lens on Vixen Polarie mount.

ALPer Manuel Goseco beside his Celestron C6N on EQ-5 mount.

ALP Astro Kids Kendrick Cole KC Ty & Jason Lee

ALP Astro Parents and Kids

ALPer Armando Lee with wife and fellow student friends.






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