2018 Astro Events

 

Jan 24 Wed eve 9pm - Graze of 4.3 in Los Gatos and San Mateo coast. Results: We'd planned a big confab for this, the brightest graze of the year for Bay Area IOTA'rs. We'd planned along Los Gatos Creek in San Jose, but enthusiasm faded with the weather, and in the end it was rained out

Jan 31 Wed morn 4-6am - Total Lunar Eclipse. Results: Went to UCSC Upper Meadow with Kirk for photography. Photo page

Mar 16-18 Fri-Sun - Astro 25 Field Astronomy course, to Laguna Mtn. Results: Cold, wild weather, but we did get clear skies Saturday night, and a rain-free hike to Laguna Gorge waterfall. Photopage.

Mar 26 Mon morn 6am - Occultation of 11.2 by Thisbe, drop 0.8, from Santa Cruz and the planning and results page Results: Got a ~4 sec occultation recorded in clear skies from home

Mar 27 Tue eve 8:38pm - Occultation of by Rockefellia 12.9 combined, 18% odds from home. Planning and results page Results: Got a ~3 sec occultation recorded in clear skies, from home, during Spring Break.

Apr 17 Tue eve 9:30pm - Occultation of 9.1 by the asteroid Whitford, low rank, try from Santa Cruz. Results: had a "no observation" from home, as clouds frustrated acquiring the star.

Apr 26 9:16pm - Occultation by Priscilla of 11.8, from Monterey Bay area. 12.8% odds but worth a try since I'll be at home anyway. Results: Got a video recording. A miss.

May 3 Thur 10pm -Occultation of 11.3 by Virginia, from Bay Area, high rank, good event. Planning Page Results: Scope got banged during packing, and it refused to power up after arriving at Alum Rock Park. It can't be operated manually, so that was the end of that effort.