- Well, I must apologize to those who braved the weather and went to T-hoe
for the occultation of the Moon and Saturn. My Lazyboy and the threat of
rain held onto me until about 7:15. When I walked outside I was amazed to
find a clear sky, full moon, and Saturn nugged up to the Moon at about the
8:00 position. So I quickly dragged out a 10" dob, set up a camera for use
on the scope, grabbed a couple binos, summoned Karen to the driveway, and
we watched the celestial event. Mother Nature provided enuf fast moving,
puffy clouds to hide the actual disappearance but in doing so She also
provided some spectacular views of moonlit clouds that reminded me of
huge, bright, close-up, nebulae. Quite frankly, I enjoyed the views of the
moonlit clouds as much as the occultation and spent the entire time Saturn
was occulted looking at the display. Karen and I used the binos to pan
away from the Moon so that we were looking at twisted, lighted clouds or
banks of clouds that were edge-lit. Quite an impressive display! Mother
Nature did clear the sky for the reappearance - we had a clean view of
Saturn as slid from behind the moon's edge.
Did you notice how steady the seeing was? I was amazed at the steadiness
of the Saturn image - it seemed to take all the power I could arrange with
eyepieces and barlow - maybe I need a second barlow for more power?
I hope you all - Vaughn, that's pronounced "yall", had great views of the
See you at the meeting Tuesday night.