Next week will bring a challenging photo opportunity, with Saturn due to be occulted by the Moon.
Here in Macarthur it will be low in the East and Saturn will reappear from behind the dark limb (six days after full Moon), so the photographic opportunity may not be quite so appealing and I’m not even sure yet if I will try for it this time.
My Eastern outlook is poor and as I am in-between two cataract procedures, I haven’t had the scope out for several weeks.
I took these two images of Saturn and the Moon with my Meade LX-90, following two separate occultations in 2014. The one above was taken 2014-08-04 (a first quarter Moon) and the one below was taken on 2014-05-14 (a near full Moon). On both occasions Saturn reappeared from behind the bright limb of the Moon.
The upcoming occultation details for Macarthur are:
Date: Thursday 25th April 2019.
Occultation begins below horizon.
Moonrise: 22.03 AET
Occultation ends: 23.26 AET
Altitude at reappearance from dark limb: approx 14°
All images © R.Powell