January 16-17, 2016 ALP Stargazing Session Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty , Shubhashish Banerjee and Joaquin Fajardo

Last January 16th, ALPers consisting of ALP President James Kevin Ty, Joaquin Fajardo, Shubhashish Banerjee, Joyce Gonsalves and guest David Gluchowski went to Tanay, Rizal to do a stargazing session under dark sky. They arrive at the site at around 10:00pm and the sky was cloudy . The sky partly cleared up in patches thus letting them conduct visual observations only untill past midnight when the sky open up but still with some haze for them to image Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina near double star Mizar in Ursa Major.  The comet was a bit fainter than past 2 weeks :(

James brought along his Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS Lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R star tracker ; Joaquin with his Canon 75-300mm lens on Vixen Polarie star tracker ; Shubhashish brought along his Celestron Powerseeker 70mm refractor on Altazimuth mount ,  Celestron Ultima 80 Spotting Scope, and Canon EF 24-105mm L lens mounted on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker. 

Despite the several abrupt cloudy skies and haze that hamper their observation session, they are still quite happy that they were able to some deep sky observing session as well as image Comet Catalina.  In the morning, they had a traditional group picture taken by going home.

ALPer Shubhashish beside his Canon EOS 70D DSLR with Canon EF24-105 L lens mounted on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.


ALPer Joyce  beside Shubhs' Celestron powerseeker 70mm refractor on Altazimuth mount.

ALPer Joaquin beside his Canon EF75-300mm lens on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker.

ALPers Shubhashish & Joyce beside Shubhs' Celestron Powerseeker 70mm refractor with altazimuth mount.

ALPer James in between his Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens on Kenko Sky Memo-R star tracker and Astro Trac star tracker.

Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina in Ursa Major by ALPer James Kevin Ty.

Group Shot

Wacky Shot!




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