Observer: Richard Nolthenius (831) 479-6506, rinolthe at cabrillo.edu
Asteroid, Star: (64) Angelina, TYC 1215-01306-1
Telescope: 10" Meade LX200 f/10+f6.3 telecompressor, AltAz, PC164c videocamera recorded on Canon ZR45 miniDV camcorder.
Location: Kramer Hills, longitude 117deg 28.34' latitude 34deg 55.19'. Elev 3050 ft.
Method: PC 164c digitial videorecording including audio WWV at 5Mhz
Sky: Clear, a bit hazy, some cirrus but not near star. Poor seeing, strong breeze.
Timings: Jul 3, 2004 UT
Comments: The 11.9 star is barely visible above the noise on the playback. Absolute limiting magnitude was perhaps 12.1. The star was actually invisible at the time of the recording. I blind positioned using the LX200 go-to feature after testing gave good confidence that the star was in fact on the frame. I shielded the telescope from the strong 20mph wind using the backdoor of my Toyota RAV4 SUV, and this did a pretty good job. Still, some small jitter and wandering did occur, but was not a major problem. The event lasted only about a second, and timings will await a light curve courtesy of Frank Anet.
Reported to: Notification of this web posting sent to Walt Morgan, David Dunham, Jan Manek
The IOTA report on this and the other California asteroid occultations associated with the 2004 Annual IOTA Meeting are here.