Saturn Occultation – April 2019

This is my DSLR image taken a few minutes after Saturn reappeared following its occultation by the Moon.

Here in Macarthur it was low in the East and Saturn was due to reappear from behind the dark limb (it was six days after a Full Moon).

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I had the scope out for the first time in nearly eight weeks and had some awkward moments with my current occular adversity. I managed to image a star cluster earlier in the evening but when the Moon rose behind a neighbour’s tree I realised I had miscalculated its direction.

So I hurriedly packed up and found a vantage point for my DSLR and tripod instead, during which time Saturn had reappeared and was drawing away from the Moon.


Occultation details for Sydney:

Date: Thursday 25th April 2019.
Occultation began below horizon.
Moonrise: 22.03 AET
Occultation ended: 23.26 AET
Altitude at reappearance from dark limb: approx 14°


Image time: approx 11.42 pm.
Camera: Canon 60D with Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
Exposure: 1/50th sec, f/7.1, ISO 100.

Moon Saturn occultations in 2014.

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