After deciding against going for the graze, up in southeastern Oregon, I wanted to try to videorecord the occultation at the observatory. Fog came in, and I retreated up Porter Gulch. The fog came in deeper. I figured the easiest way to reach decent elevation was to then try Rodeo Gulch Rd. It was a good choice! Great views of the sky and of the fog coming in over the redwoods on the ridges. Even ran into Astro 28 veteran Gwenyve and her mom, walking the dog; they apparently live right around the corner from the wide spot I set up on.

I wanted to get the color of the red giant star with the blue sky and white blue-white moon, and so opted for the ZR45mc camcorder over the PC164c. The optical zoom made for a huge difference in the star/sky contrast. High magnification was the way to go. Unfortunately, that left the moon out of the picture for the "D", on the dark limb. The sun was still 2 degrees up. Better, the "R" at 9:01pm was in deep twilight and showed up nicely. "Up" is also pretty much "up" in the telescope view below, and the greenish edge here is Antares' version of the famous "green flash" which can so often be seen at our Santa Cruz sunsets over Monterey Bay.

Here's a link to an .mpg of the daylight graze from Washington state.

OK, this was actually 2 days earlier - Chris Kitting (center) and I at the PAS star party at Foothill College

Fog coming up the canyons below

Setting up the Megrez APO and GM8 mount

Beautiful! Antares seconds after it reappeared -25n on the 85+ moon