Date Time: February 18, 2020 0730-1030
Weather: Mostly clear at 0730, thin clouds moved in around 0745, completely clouded over by 0810hrs. Very cold, -10C, approaching snow storm later in the day, with 10cm of snow predicted.
Equipment: LX 200 Meade and 0.6x focal reducer with Canon T3 attached at prime focus. Image processed with Photoshop.
Objective: To view and image the Moon/Mars occultation which was due to occur between 0857-1016 on this morning.
- Set up scope at around 0730, shortly after thin clouds started moving in from the west.
- Moon was low in the southern sky, below the treeline from the front deck, so went to the backyard to get a better angle.
- Moon was about 35 degrees above horizon and was in the Waning Crescent phase.
- Took several images, but only one faintly shows Mars. Clouds soon thickened enough that moon couldn't be seen. It didn't reappear for rest of day.
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