While I imagine most folks got up a bit early today to see the occultation of Saturn, for me it was my normal wake up time. Planning on being a bit late for work, I set up Gert in my driveway at 120x about 0445. While waiting for the occultation to begin I noticed a bright satellite passing to the north. I know now, from Wes' post that it was the ISS. It seemed to be traveling on too north a trajectory to be the iss but guess not. Any way I first noticed it due west as it passed under Cassiopeia. Did anyone else notice it occult b Ursa Majoris? I was able to track it well to the north until it dipped below the house across the street. ON to the main event. I noticed first contact at 0501:29, first contact with the Limb of Saturn at 0502:04, third contact at 0502:25. By this point the image was leaving the field of view and by the time I recentered and Gert settled down the rings were gone. It seemed that once started the whole thing speeded up! One thing of note was how much Saturn got washed out as it neared the limb of the moon. When I first observed it I could make out the Cassini division, but that quickly fade into the moon glow. By the time the planet was at the limb the color faded as though left out in the sun too long. I then drove to work (only 15 minutes late!) with plenty of time to wait the reappearance. Not wanting to take Gert to work, I brought my bino's (7x35). The moon was pretty close to the zenith so it was a challenge to keep the bino's steady. Fellow SAC member Steve Perry was just coming off his graveyard shift and we watched together. A few coworkers coming in to work wondered what the two nuts from International were doing ( I did notice that they did look up though!). Steve Spotted Saturn first (bigger bino's), but needed averted vision to do so. I spotted it in Steve's bino's right after and then , now that I knew where to look, I found it in mine. All in all a nice way to start the day. And thanks to the Pest for the timely reminder. See you all at NASP. Rick Tejera Editor SACnews Saguaro Astronomy Club Phoenix, Arizona --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.