February 18, 2017 ALP NAW
Astronomy Convention Report
Kevin Ty , Jett Aguilar, Shubhashish Banerjee and Mark
Images by James Kevin Ty, Christopher Louie Lu, Jett
Aguilar , Edge Lat and Angelito Sing
Despite a rainy afternoon last February 18th,
Astronomical League of the Philippines held its National
Astronomy Week Astronomy Convention at Rizal
Technological University in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong
City. Members who were present were ALP President James
Kevin Ty , VP Jett Aguilar, Secretary Christopher Louie
Lu, Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan,
Auditor Edgar Ang , PRO Edge Lat , directors Justine Garcia ,
Iah Serna, Shubhashish Banejee, Peter Benedict Tubalinal
, John Ray Cabrera
and Ronald Sison ; Mark Ian Singson , Vincent Gella ,
Manuel Goseco, Edwin Gatia and Michella Esparas.
Event started at around 1:30pm
with a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the
opening of one of the 2 RTU Observatory. Afterwards,
members and guest went to the penthouse of RTU SNAGAH
Building for the start of the Astronomy Convention.
Singing of the Philippine National Anthem was done by
Himig Rizalia and foloowed the Opening and Welcome
Remarks by RTU VP Dr. Edna Aquino and VP Dr. Salvacion
The awarding of the 2017 Father
Victor L. Badillo Astronomy Service Award to Dr. Jesus
Rodrigo F. Torres for his lead role in establishing the
first full academic program in BS Astronomy Technology,
as well as Graduate Diploma and Masters in Astronomy in
the Philippines at Rizal Technological University. This
award is given to an individual
who has contributed to the betterment of astronomy in
the Philippines. This award is given in honor of Fr.
Victor L. Badillo, S.J., PhD
whose dedication and guidance in the field of astronomy is
throughout the Philippine astronomical community.
ALP President James Kevin Ty cited
Dr. Torres' achievement in the field of Philippine
astronomy as well as his international recognition of
his research and paperworks as well as being one of the
6th Filipinos to have joined the International
Astronomical Union. He then presented the award to
Dr. Torres and was followed by an acceptance speech by
This was followed by a song
presentation by Himig Rizalia and a cultural
folkdance by Teatro Rizalia. Then , a buffet hosted by
RTU for members of Astronomical League of the
Philippines and guest follow before the start of the 3
astronomy lecture talks scheduled for the day.
The first lecture was made by ALP
VP Jett Aguilar entitled Basic Solar Observation .
The Sun is an easily accessible astronomical object for
amateur astronomers to observe and image all year round
using small to medium-sized telescopes equipped with
proper solar filters. In his lecture on basic Solar
Observation, Dr. Aguilar will introduce the basic
structure of our nearest star and he will discuss the
proper use of and the different types of solar filters
for solar observation such as white light filters (e.g.
mylar, glass, foil), solar projection, Herschel wedge,
and narrow band filters (hydrogen alpha and calcium-K
line). He will show images of the Sun taken at different
wavelengths and the corresponding basic solar features
that can be identified.
This was followed by another
interesting astro lecture by ALP director Shubhashish
Banerjee entitled Basic Lunar Observation.
The talk was aimed at encouraging interest amongst the
audience and uncover the rich features of the moon which
we often ignore. We tried to answer the question - Why
should we observe moon ? The discussion started with
basic terms and jargon which help in understanding
simple concepts of the moon. We discussed about the
various hypothesis pertaining to birth of the moon and
possible ways how the formation would have taken place
billions of years back. We discussed about the distances
and travel times to get to moon at various speeds as
well as the various comparative features between Earth &
Moon. We probed into various lunar phenomenal such as
Apogee & Perigee and how that impacts the size of the
moon, earthshine and why it happens, impact craters and
ejecta. This helped in understanding the basics of moon.
We shifted gears to practical observational aspects that
help in appreciating the beautiful features of the Moon
. Shubh illustrated various tricks on following lunar
phases with the help of simple tools in our day to day
life. We went to understand the features of moon as
shown on the moon maps and how to get moon maps for
quick observation . We compared the various equipments
that can be used to watch lunar features. We emphasized
on recording and log keeping of lunar observations with
simple observation logs.
Towards the end of the talk we drew attention of the
audience towards some of the most common questions that
our audience might have with regards to the Moon.
The talk finished some open question and answers and a
message & appeal to go out and appreciate the closest
heavenly body to earth which is beautiful and full of
features and thinking of the impact that Earth would
have if Moon wasn't around.
but not the least, the final lecture session was made by
ALPer Mark Ian Singson on Selecting the Right
This presentation and
discussion is part of an ongoing series of topics
that was determined to be of interest as the result
of our lectures series.
History of Telescopes: the
inventors and First known use for astronomical
Three important questions to
keep in mind
What do you want to look
Where will you be
How much money do you want
Some telescope fundamentals
Aperture, how does this
Magnification, how to
calculate and what is reasonable for a given
Power isn’t the whole
question, how is the “seeing”?
Is bigger always better?
Scopes of all sizes and
The basic principals of
the three major telescope types
Refractor, Reflector &
Tilt and Pan (Alt-Az) or
Manual, Driven or Go-To
What’s in a finder scope?
Everything has tradeoffs
and a price tag
Conclusions: what is
right for you?
The event ended at around 7:00pm
with ALP NAW Chairman Andrew Ian Chan thanking the
members and guests as well as Rizal Technological
University and RTU Astronmomical Society for hosting
this year's Philippine Astronomy Convention.
The planned free public stargazing session
at Sm By The Bay North Fountain area was cancelled due
to bad weather.
ALP Directors and Member's Group Shot
with 2017 Father Victor L. Badillo Astronomy Service
Awardee Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres.
ALP NAW Philippine Astronomy
Convention Group Shot