June 18, 2017 ALP International SUNDay Free Solar Viewing Report
by James Kevin Ty

Last June 18th, Astronomical League of the Philippines celebrated International SUNDay Free Solar Viewing Event at SM Mall of Asia By The Bay from 2:30pm-6:00pm. Members who attended were ALP President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty ; Secretary Christopher Louie Lu,  Auditor Edgar Ang and PRO Edge Lat ; directors Justine Garcia, Ronald Sison, Peter Benedict Tubalinal , members Arnel Campos , Adi Bontuyan, Mark Ian SIngson , Robert Gascon and Fung Yu.

Event started at around 2:45pm with ALPers setting up their solar equipped telescopes. James brought along his Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Filter on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens mounted on Celestron Nexstar Mount ; Christopher with his Celestron Powerseeker 80mm f/11 refractor on EQ-2 mount ; Peter with his Coronado PST-Ha on sturdy tripod ; Ronald with his Celestron C90 Maksutov on sturdy tripod ; Mark with his Celestron C90 Maksutov on sturdy tripod ; Arnel with his NatGeo solar 76mm f/5 Newtonian reflector on altazimuth mount.

The sky that after was fair with only a few minutes of solar obscuration by clouds while the rest of the session are clear. There are 2 sunspot groups namely AR2662 and 2663 Sunspot Groups , visible on the solar disk while in Ha wavelength, one can see 2 large eruptive prominences at 5 and 10 o'clock position as well as a faint long dark filament near the center of the Sun.  More than 600-700+ people got to get a great view of our nearest star, the Sun, through white light and hydrogen-alpha wavelength.

The session ended at around 6:00pm with a traditional group shot to conclude the said event.

Group Shot

Wacky Shot

Group Shot Part 2

Wacky Shot Part 2



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