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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%.
Saturn Lunar Occultation 12Aug2019.mov
9 August was a good night for the Moon, so I studied the region from Ptolemaeus to Arzachel at 231x. Especially Alpertragius stood out, with its oversized central mound. It has been suggested that this is a volcanic feature. Herschel too was quite prominent.
Thanks for watching.
Recently I was given a 4 inch skywatcher Newt for which I made a table mount. I thought I would see what you could do imagining wise using this scope and a mono ASI220.
200 frames at full resolution, stacked in Autostakert, processed in Registax6 and given a final polish in Windows Photo. Conditions far from ideal with thin high cloud.
I guess the previous owner will ask for it back...…..
Sunday 30th June.
NLCs started appearing as the skies cleared around 1.45am.
Grabbed gear and headed off around 2.15am to the same location as last two sessions. Another 90 shots taken!
Nikon D3 and Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, tripod mounted, cable release and mirror lock function.
Lightly processed in Adobe Lightroom and (where required), stitched shots together in Photoshop CC2017
Taken from north Lichfield (Staffordshire).
Clicking the pictures should open the hi-res images.
Panoramic 1 - 7 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 70mm, 2.56am. Note over in the far right the Pleiades.
Panoramic 2 (Detail) - 4 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 200mm, 3.01am
'The Saucepan and NLCs' - Single shot - (Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED). ISO 200, 2 sec, f/2.8, 24mm, 3.22am
Started to pack away just as 'Mr Blackbird' started to sing - the dawn chorus broke.... then noticed a beautiful sight over in the East, switched back to the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and added the TC-14EII 1.4x
A 7% Crescent Moon.
Single shot - ISO 200, 0.8 sec, f/4, 280mm, 3.28am