Saturday, April 27, 2013
A Cloudy Occultation of Zubenelgenubi, April 26, 2013
Wouldn't you believe it. Today's occultation was a mirror image of this mornings eclipse. A beautiful afternoon of blue sky, and as soon as it came time for Moonrise, cloud.
Also, we had folks over for dinner, and the boys had friends over too. so I wasn't paying as much attention as I could have, but ingress of Zubenelgenubi and its dimmer companion Alpha2 Librae was totaly clouded out for me. I did get a couple of shots before the cloud made things impossible.
The cloud had thinned to a reasonable level by the time of egress. Due to being distracted by dinner guests and visiting boys I wasn't paying as much attention to the egress orientation as I should have. So I spent a good 4 minytes or so photographing a bright peak on the edge of the Moon, under the impression I was imaging Zubenelgenubi.
I wasn't, frustratingly it was just off the edge of the frame.
Still I did get some good shots of it near the edge of the Moon, and one decent shot of bot Zubenelgenubi and Alpha2 Librae together. Not a bad evenings work (and had a great dinner with friends as well).