2017 Astro Events


Mar 3-5 - Astro 25 at Carrizo Plain Results: Clear Fri and Sat, rain on Sunday. Got our Aldebaren occultation. Here's the story.

Mar 14 Tue eve 8:57pm - Occultation of 12.8 by Protogenia, from Cabrillo Observatory (during Astro 8). Altitude 74 . Planning page Results: We had a Keystone Cops wild scramble to find higher elevation close by and escape the incoming fog... and did set up in a neighborhood up Porter Gulch Rd with my students. And fog got us before the event.

Mar 17 Fri at 9:03 pm - Occultation of 9.4 by Saskia, from Half Moon Bay and San Jose. Planning page Results: I drove to Bear Creek Rd next to Lexington Reservoir, had scope trouble and could not get it to point to chosen RA/Dec and so got no data.

Mar 31 Fri - Comet and Hyades Occn photography at Carrizo Plain. Results: Clear and got some good images

May 26/27 Fri/Sat - Astrophoto trip to Mt Laguna w/ Kirk, JP, Anne, Chris K Results: Clear skys by midnight and an awesome set of photos and waterfall fun, here's the page

July 21-23 Fri/Sun - Astro 25 at Mono Hot Springs. Results: Went well, clear skies. Story pix to come

July 22 Sat 11:04pm - Occultation of 12.8 star by Friea, at Mono Hot Springs. Results: Didn't find target till 4min too late. But got planning and results pix here.

Aug 21 - Mon morning: Total Solar Eclipse, from Jackson Hole, WY . Planning page. Results: A great success! Photo page to come but will be a big project

Aug 31 - Thur eve 10:50pm - Occultation of 14.9 by Nerthus Results: Decided it was too faint after all. No observation.

Sept 9-10 Sat and Sun - IOTA Annual meeting in Carson City . Planning Page Results: Successful meeting, and successful observations of the Ninina occultation, reductions here

Sept 11 Mon 11pm - Occultation of 9.0 star by Germania, will observe from UCSC upper meadow. Results: A perfect "Nasoned" cloud out. Here's the story and light curve

Sept 15 Fri 4:30am - Occultation of 12.1 by Tamara, from south of San Juan Bautista planning and observations page Results: 8" LX200gps electronics went haywire and was lucky to get a visual ~4 sec occultation verification, from a few miles south of Paicines.

Sep 23 Sat morn 1:30am - Occultation of 12.5 by 10.5 Phocaea from Santa Cruz. drop=0.17, Planning and Observations Results: New Celestron 8SE worked fine, but swapping around miniDV tapes ended up making the camcorder fussy and the occultation didn't end up on tape. Visually could see the slight drop of .2 mag on the LCD screen.