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The July edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. Astronomical darkness returns to the southern part of the UK this month, and we have:
* Yet another "promising" comet
* Asteroid Ceres
* Neptune and Uranus return
I hope this helps you to fill your evenings (actually, more likely pre-dawn mornings!) enjoyably.
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.
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
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.