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Author: gmfun Two stars, 250 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1797  
Subject: Re: Saturn Occultation Wednesday Feb 20 Date: 2/20/2002 8:18 PM
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I started looking for Saturn about 15 minutes before the start of occultation. My problem was that I was looking at the INVERTED image in the scope and I was looking at the "forward" side of the moon (the sun lit side) for Saturn. I realized my error about one minute too late! About 25 minutes later when Saturn was to reappear, I was able to find it as a faint-fuzzy blob out of focus. The viewing site was in S. California and the occultation started here at 15:21 local time so it was very bright and sunny. I was surprised that I was able to see Saturn during the day (not very clear skies) -- although I have seen Venus during the day (about the same hour, with naked eye) last year.

I think it would have been difficult for me to have found Saturn (very faint ) at the correct place prior to occultation because my focus would not have been correct (I had focused on the moon and was not thinking of focusing for Saturn) and the dark side edge of the moon would not have been obvious. Anyway, I enjoyed the sight of Saturn as a faint object in bright sunlight after the occultation!
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