Occultation of Saturn by the Moon 14th May 2014

Occultation of Saturn by The Moon - 14th May 2014

Occultation of Saturn by The Moon – 14th May 2014

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Last night was a very busy night! Arriving home late from work via some grocery shopping and then 3 hours of recording the occultation of Saturn by The Moon after hurriedly setting up my portable telescope to capture the event! It’s a shame that my observatory doesn’t have a good view of the ecliptic at most times of the year.

Most of my footage of the event was captured through a 8″ SCT (good old orange tube C8!) but the above is from later on once the pair had cleared trees, viewable from my observatory using the William Optics Megrez 90 ~600mm focal length. The image has been cropped. By halfway through the event cloud was obscuring the Moon so I was lucky to get this brief peak of the pair after egress. I quite like the shot, even if it doesn’t show Saturn in high resolution.

The difference in brightness between the Moon and Saturn was significant. The above photograph has been adjusted to compensate somewhat, and is a HDR stack of frames, to help make both the Moon and Saturn visible, while retaining a natural appearance.

Below is another photograph, taken from a single video of the event. With the dramatic brightness difference between the Moon and Saturn I as surprised to retrieve such a usable result from the single exposure settings:

Saturn Occulted by The Moon - 14th May 2014

Saturn Occulted by The Moon – 14th May 2014

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And finally to cap it off, here is the Full Moon complete with Saturn below as per the above photograph (which was one frame of a mosaic making up the full moon disk below):

Full Moon with Saturn - 14th May 2014. Just prior to the Moon occulting Saturn.

Full Moon with Saturn – 14th May 2014. Just prior to the Moon occulting Saturn.

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