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  1. Last night (Sunday to Monday), a rare event happens. A dim star (mag 10) was occultated by the trans-neptunian asteroid - Huya. The strip where this event was visible passed near by my observatory. So 2:53 local time I was outside to take pictures of this event. It was a very nice night, with clear sky and good temerature for this time of the year. My data obtained by me is already to the profesional astronomers in La Palma, where they will obtain new information about this remote celestial body. I was not alone in this enterprise - another 10 astronomers around the country being involved in the project. I used my data to make a short film of the event with the most important part - occultation itself. The strip where this event was visible:
  2. Here is a real-time video of the Moon/Aldebaran occultation last night (March 4). Aldebaran disappears around the 38s mark. Shot on my Sony Handycam. Soundtrack is an original composition called "dark energy" from my upcoming space music album, THE FALSE DAWN, due out on the vernal equinox! Enjoy! Reggie
  3. The latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. The nights are getting longer so, as well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * Several lunar occultations, including a (somewhat tricky) graze of HIP 38975 for observers in Eire and the north of England * Uranus and Neptune are now observable in the evening (as well as the morning) * Ceres and Vesta are difficult, but back! * A mini-review of the Levenhuk Sherman PRO 10x50 binocular To grab your (free!) copy, or to subscribe, log on to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab
  4. From the album: Jupiter

    I love to watch the Galilean Moons play out their celestial dance around Jupiter. In this image Europa is about to be occulted by the Jovian disc , Io is the nearer of the three planets with Ganymede as backstop. Callisto is out of the image frame. This image is the combination of two stills taken from two separate video runs. 127mm Meade Apo refractor, x2.5 Barlow, QHY5-11 planetary camera, NEQ6Pro on new permanent pier.
  5. While I had the patience to watch the occultation, my camera battery did not. It died about an hour before the spectacle, but it's okay - I've purchased more back-up batteries. This is a composite image with an accurate distance measured by taking the Aldebaran shot in focus with just a small portion of the moon on the right, then using the stacked moon photo from images taken immediately after. I was using a lunar filter for the contrast, but I don't like how I wasn't able to pull out some more colour. Next time. I'm really enjoying all these celestial events that seemingly went unnoticed by me years before, and the challenges of getting decent images. Using a Celestron Nexstar 127SLT and a Canon Rebel T5i at prime focus.
  6. Stu

    Moon occults Aldebarran

    Very tricky one unless you are further South. Occurs around 11.38pm with the Moon only 3.5 degrees above the horizon from London. Aldebaran will disappear behind the dark limb of the Moon, so fun if you can catch it. Good if you've got a sea horizon perhaps
  7. From the album: Solar System Objects

    Occultation of Saturn by the Moon on 12 August 2019. Start of the Occultation was at 08:34UTC and finished at approximately 09:22UTC. Captured from South Sydney, Australia.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  8. Hello Astronomers, On the 12th August, between 18:34 and 19:21 we had a occultation of Saturn by the moon. Of course I couldn't miss out of such a event so I took the day of work and setup my gear so that I could simultaneously capture the event as well as observe it. I had the SCT recording with the 618C while observing it in the dob... literally at high power it looked like a Saturn rise... massive lunar horizon filling the field of view with a big Saturn rising from under it, literally animated and visible slowly moving up... Looked amazing in the eyepiece... Photos or videos don't even come close to how good that looks live in the ep. I had my eye on the eyepiece in the 14" Skywatcher during the occultation and recorded the start and finish times as soon as I noticed them: Occultation Start 18:35.51 AEST Reappearance Start: 19:19.37 AEST Occultation Finish: 19:21.20 AEST I stuffed up the first part video, the covering of Saturn because I still had iCap set to capturing a maximum of 5000 frames left from my planetary imaging, so at 25fps I barely got a 3.5 minute video that stopped just before the actual occultation started... yes I was kicking my self... but at least I watched it... I wasn't going to do the same mistake on the re appearance on the other side... Sharing with you my photos and the video of the event... video is sped up to 400%. Clear Skies. MG Saturn Lunar Occultation 12Aug2019.mov
  9. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    This image was taken just before Aldebaran disappeared behind the moon - details from card 23.12.2015 18:13:18

    © Vicky050373

  10. We're currently in a pattern of monthly occultations of Aldebaran by the moon because of Luna's position relative to the ecliptic. I caught some cool images of the occultation as it happened! Here is just before the event at about 10:50 p.m. : and just after, at about midnight: The moon took on a sepia glow as it descended upon the western horizon. Don't you just love our cosmos?
  11. There is an asteroid occultation on 2013 April 30 that will be visible from parts of the UK. See http://www.astrosurf.com/eaon/Cartes/April%202013/22185_Stiavnica_3UC251-097751.htm 50mm or larger binoculars recommended.
  12. The latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * Asteroid occultation of a bright star * Neptune appulse with bright star * Vesta getting easier * Three Mira stars near maximum This should be enough to keep you gainfully occupied with your binoculars or small telescope. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab, where you can subscribe (also free, of course) to have it emailed each month, and get archived copies.
  13. The August edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * A grazing occultation of a bright star * Moon occulting stars in the Hyades * See both ice giants as well as Vesta * Review of the Celestron EclipSmart 10x25 solar binocular I hope it helps you to get the best out of these late summer nights with your binoculars or small telescopes. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free) and have it emailed each month. Warning: Do not attempt to observe the Sun with any optical system that is not specifically designed for the purpose.
  14. Did anyone try observing the predicted occultation of a faint star by the asteroid Massalia on 17th Nov 2017 at around 01.30 am? I saw a prediction and tried to observe it, but was defeated by my telescope misting up after a long spell in the open, despite a dew shield.
  15. The November edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * Uranus still available * Comet 46P * Mira brightening * Asteroid occultation for southern England So grab those binocs (or small telescope) and enjoy the glories that the night sky has to share with us. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free) and have it emailed each month.
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