Waiting for Observation Reports, 2008 Dec 07, 09:55 UT

 

(20000) Varuna has now passed the target star and we are awaiting the observation reports.

 

These images by EUMETSAT show the cloud cover at 00:00 UT and 03:00 UT respectively at the most promising observing places.

 

Southern Africa:

 

 EUMETSAT, Southern Africa, 2008 Dec 07, 00:00 UT

 

 EUMETSAT, Southern Africa, 2008 Dec 07, 03:00 UT

 

Brazil:

 

EUMETSAT, Northern Brazil, 2008 Dec 07, 00:00 UT

 

 EUMETSAT, Northern Brazil, 2008 Dec 07, 03:00 UT

 

Andrew Elliot from U.K. has sent a report to Planoccult. He tried the observation:

 

“Tonight I attempted the (20000) Varuna occultation ‚just in case…‘, and because the sky was totally clear.

The target star (Mr 14.2) was easily visible using a Watec 120N with 16-frame integrations (0.64 sec/frame), + 406mm S-C at f/10.  Unfortunately, the recording had to be abandoned around the time of the expected occultation due to ice forming on *both* sides of the Schmidt corrector plate (despite a dew zapper)!  At least this was ‚proof of concept‘ for future faint star occultations.”

 

Stay tuned…

 

Oliver

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