Randy Peterson and I drove up to Badger Springs Rd. on I-17, to try for an asteroid occultation last night (Sunday, Jan. 18). The centerline of the predicted track passed over that area. But there were drifting clouds, and (of course) during the predicted time of the event.... a thick batch of clouds covered up the target star, which was west and slightly south of Regulus. So... no event to report. Our combined video gear worked ok. It was definitely cold! Temperature measured about 39 degrees... There are fairly decent areas for parking and observing well off the frontage road to the east aolng the well-graded dirt road leading from the Badger Springs interchange. This is now part of the Agua Fria National Monument, and signage designates that, and some restrictions. Many years ago (hmmmm...about 33 years ago, asamatteroffact) I observed from a spot up the dirt road, from the ridge to the east with Louis Boyd. Seeing at Badger Springs was moderately steady last night, and transparency very good (in between the clouds). Of course, Aurora Phoenicia is very prominent along the southern horizon. Overall, very similar to what we used to see at Dugas Road years ago. FYI, the Sunset Point Rest Area on I-17 is still undergoing major reconstruction, and the frontage road off-ramps there are still barricaded. For some reason, the high pole floodlights there are still turned on... but those are not visible from Badger Springs (which is about 5 miles north). Gene Lucas (17250) -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.