October 9, 2016 ALP Monthly Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu

Last October 9th, Astronomical League of the Philippines held its monthly meeting at Exploreum at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty and his son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, wife Karren and daughter Frances Lu; Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan, directors Iah Serna and Ronald Sison with his wife Adriel, son Raj and Adrian, daughter Allecia Sison; Fung Yu , Justine Garcia, Chris Benedict Solis with mom Marie Solis and guest Esmer de Leon.

Meeting started at around 3:30pm with ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu giving a basic astronomy lecture on Binocular Astronomy. 

When one decides to go into the hobby of astronomy, you usually think as essential equipment, for any amateur astronomer, a Telescope. However, before you bust out the bank book to buy your first telescope, consider the humble Binoculars as your first purchase.

Why Binoculars?

  1. Can be much less expensive.
  2. Easier to use for a beginner/novice astronomers.
  3. Helps to “hone in” ones skills & familiarity of the night sky & in finding celestial objects.
  4. Quicker to use.
  5. Provides a wider field of view.
  6. Can be used even after buying your first telescope.
  7. Also good for non-astro viewing.

Types of Binoculars:

Porro Prism Binoculars - Porro prism models will deliver good optics for the dollar, but lack the durability and compact styling of roof prism models. In addition, many Porros are not waterproof.

Roof Prism Binoculars - These binoculars are rugged and durable, and you no longer have to spend more money to get good optical quality in this design.

Things to consider when purchasing binoculars:

1.      Weight

2.      Prisms

3.      Craftsmanship

4.      Optics Check

5.      Coating Check

6.      Collimation

7.      Astronomical Testing


ALPers wait for ALPer Christopher Louie Lu to start his lecture.

ALPer Christopher Louie Lu gives an interesting lecture on Binocular Astronomy.




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