July 28, 2018 ALP Planet Watch & Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Report

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.