Last April 1, Astronomical League of the Philippines held its first of the 4 events planned for Global Astronomy Month this April. The April 1 event is Global Star Party and this is staged simultaneously with other astro organizations around the world to promote astronomy awareness. Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty ; Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, wife Karren and daughter Frances Lu; ALP directors Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Justine Garcia and Iah Serna ; Chris Benedict Solis, Robert Gascon and Marlon Cartel.
James brought along his 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 EQ2 mount ; Peter with his 114mm f/9 Newtonian reflector on EQ1 mount.
The event started at around 7:30pm but clouds were relentless that evening so they were only able to show some people good views of the Waxing Crescent Moon and bright star Sirius. Around 30 people get to view through the telescopes. They concluded the event at around 9:30pm and proceeded to ALP member Per Edman's residence to celebrate his 50th birthday with him.
The next GAM event will be held on April 8, 2017 for GAM Moon and Jupiter Watch at SM Mall of Asia By the Bay fro 7:00pm-10:00pm. See you there !
Full report and images can be viewed at http://astroleaguephils.org/archive/news/170401gam_starparty.html