April 12, 2015 ALP Global SunDay Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty, Jett Agular  and Alberto Lao

Last April 12, ALP in partnership with Exploreum held their Global Astronomy Month's SunDay free public solar viewing event at  SM By The Bay  in Pasay City.  Members who attended were ALP President James Kevin Ty, wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty;  VP Jett Aguilar, Secretary Christopher Louie Lu and daughter Frances;Auditor Edgar Ang,  director Edge Lat, Ronald Sison , John Ray Cabrera , Rich Pijuan and Mike Enage ;  Shubhashish Banerjee, Saju Pillai , Justine Garcia, Miguel Cajita, Jason Comia, Mark Ian SIngson, Val Villanueva and Norman Marigza.

The event started at around 4:00pm with numerous solar filter equipped telescopes setup by both ALP and Exporeum. ALP President James Kevin Ty brought along his Coronado PST-Ha on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker; VP Jett Aguilar with his Kenko 60mm f/9 refractor on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker, Secretary Christopher Louie Lu with his Celestron Powerseeker 80mm refractor on EQ-2 mount , director Ronald Sison with his Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain scope on strudy tripod ; Mark Ian Singson with his Meade 60mm spotting scope and Miguel Cajita with his Celestron AstroMaster C130 Newtonian reflector on CG3 mount. Exploreum brought aong their Celestron CPC8 SCT telescope.

More than 500+ people got the chance to look at the Sun (through a solar filtered equipped telescope.  WARNING: NEVER LOOK MAT THE SUN WITHOUT THE USE OF A SAFE SOLAR FILTER ON YOUR SCOPES, BINOCULARS OR NAKED EYES!!!) through the various telescopes brought along by ALP and Exploreum.  They were able to view the Sun and got to see features such as white light and hydrogen-alpha views of AR2321 Sunspot Group, long dark filament as well as bright flare on AR2321!

The event ended at around 5:45pm with members also scrambling to get a view and image the beautiful sunset after their traditional group shot to conclude this successful event.

ALPers setup their solar telescopes at SMBY

Its cool to wear CBSAP solar shades !

ALP VP Jett Aguilar beside his Kenko 60mm f/9 refractor on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

ALP Auditor Edgar Ang and President James Kevin Ty assisting the viewers to get a view through the Coronado PST-Ha scope.

ALP director Ronald Sison beside his Celestron C90 Maksutov scope with ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee.

Great view of the Sun through the CBSAP Solar Viewer!

Thank you Stephen Ramsden for the CBSAP solar shades for use on our free solar viewing events.

More than 500+ people got to view through the various solar telescopes that ALP and Exploreum  brought along for the great event!

ALPer Val Villanueva gets his chance to look at the Sun in H-Alpha wavelength.

ALP President James Kevin Ty here assisting ALPer Val Villanueva on taking an afocal shot of the Sun through the Coronado PST-Ha.

Some foreigners were also present in the event to get their chance to view the Sun in both white light and Hydrogen-Alpha scopes.

Wow!  Nice view of the Sun through the C90 scope!

ALP President James Kevin Ty here guiding ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee on where the see the bright flare on AR2321 Sunspot Group.


ALPers Edge Lat, Jason Comia and Norman Marigza

ALP director Edge Lat here helping a viewer on the Cororado PST-Ha while ALp President James Kevin Ty looks on.

ALP VP Jett Aguilar can't resist to take a glimpse at the bright flare on AR 2321 Sunspot Group thorugh the Coronado PST-Ha.

ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu beside his Celestron Powerseeker 80mm refractor on EQ2 mount.

People didn't mind the hot weather that afternoon just to look through the Sun in various solar telescopes!

Shubhs:  This is my future solar telescope this year :)

ALPer Mark Ian Singson beside his Meade 60mm spotting scope.


ALP Astro Mom Charito Ty together with the new ALP Astro Kids group.

ALPers Alberto Lao, Edgar Ang and Edge Lat hid behind the concrete sea wall to get some rest from the hot weather that afternoon.

ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee here helping a kid look through the Coronado PST-Ha scope,

ALPers Shubhashish Banerjee, Ronald Sison, Edge Lat, Mark Ian Singson, Norman Marigzam Jett Aguilar and Justine Garcia.......  hmmmm..... a rose among the thorns :) LOL

Pre Group Shot taken before the conclusion of the great event!

Group Shot

Wacky Shot




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