July 28, 2018 ALP Planet Watch & Total Lunar Eclipse Observation  Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty , Christopher Go and Val Thomas Abapo

Last July 28, Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) set up with a free public planetary and total lunar eclipse observation session at SM By The Bay Amusement Park at SM Mall of Asia. Members who were present are ALP President James Kevin Ty  and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty; Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan, Secretary Justine Garcia , Auditor Edgar Ang , Edwin Gatia and Michella Esparas and Per Edman.

Despite a drizzling weather, they started to setup their  telescopes at  around 8:30pm . James brought along his Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens with Canon EOS M6 mirror less camera mounted on Kenko Sky Memo-R star tracker ; Andrew with his Skywatcher 80ED refractor on Vixen GP mount  ; Kendrick Cole with his Canon EFS 55-250mm f/5.6 IS lens with Canon EOS 500D DSLR on Vixen Polarie Star Tracker ; Edgar with his Celestron Nexstar 90GT refractor ; Per with his Orion ST80 refractor on sturdy tripod.  The sky was a very cloudy as well as intermittent drizzling the whole night! On short drizzling and cloud breaks, members were able to show the Full Moon to some public people at the park. No planets were observed that evening due to bad weather.

After past midnight, the total lunar eclipse started and members were able to observe and image the partial phase of the eclipse midway before the entire sky got clouded out as well as rained the whole event thereafter. Members were hopeful to get a chance to observe and image totality through clouds but failed miserably.

Some ALPers in the Southern Philippines as well as Thailand were more blessed to observe some totality phase. Christopher Go was lucky to observe the event past totality in Thailand before getting clouded out. Same goes to Val Thomas Abapo in Cebu.

Group Shot


Below are images taken by members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines. Therefore, all images are the property of ALP as well as the imager mentioned.  Any intention to use the images should seek permission to the ALP as well as the main author of the image.




Christopher Go

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Image taken using a Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor with Nikon DSLR.
James Kevin Ty Image taken using a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/8 with Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera mounted on Kenko Sky Memo-R star tracker.
Val Thomas Abapo

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Image taken using Celestron C8 SCT with Canon EOS 650D DSLR on Celestron AVX mount.




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