Aldeberan Occultation 9-12-98

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09/12/98 ~ 03:16 - 03:44 AM EST
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The above image files were created with 9 frames each, captured at a rate of 30 frames per second. Note the roiling atmosphere.

The occultation begins...

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Some images that show the brightening of Aldebaran, as it emerges from behind the Moon. This brightening spans some 10 frames or so, nearly 333ms or 1/3 of a second.

The equipment used was an 8" f/6 Orion Dob on an equitorial mount using a Topica camera and a 10mm eyepiece, view. These frames were captured from tape into an an AVI file at 30 fps using YUV-6 compression.

The atmosphere onfy was turbulant and thin clouds were wafting by although ath the time of re-apearance, there were no clouds near the moon. We were fortunate to have a small hole to shoot thru!!!