Observing the Titan/28 Sgr Occultation

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Richard Sargent

I was also lucky enough to observe the Titan/28 Sgr occultation, including the remarkable central re-brightening referred to above. As Saturn was low down I didn’t think I would be able to see the event from my suburban garden with surrounding houses and trees. So I needed altitude. Did I lug my telescope up a nearby mountain? No I took it to the upstairs front bedroom! See attached picture.

I observed with a 10 inch Newtonian on a Dobsonian mount, and made an audio recording to later time the event details. I recorded the occultation start at 22h 39m 44s and the finish at 22h 44m 59s and sent the results to Andy Hollis who was collating observations for the BAA. I still have his reply letter which noted observations received from about 70 observers.

The second picture attached shows Saturn above the rooftops (brightest object near frame centre). To the right of Saturn I have highlighted 28 Sgr with a couple of lines but it is faint on the picture. After observing the event I didn’t have far to go to get to bed! Yes I’ll be following the final news of the end of Cassini. Would be nice to view Saturn at the time of Cassini’s demise but I think it happens during daylight for us.

Thanks for the reminder Neil of what was a very interesting event.