[AZ-Observing] Re: Occultation attempted at Badger Springs Road

  • From: Jack Jones <telescoper@xxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:25:14 -0700

On Google Maps I see the large area off of Exit 256 on Badger Springs Rd. 
There is a car parker there at the "T" of a S-bound road. Is that about where 
you were or further in? That would be a close-in site for me in N Phx. So what 
was the asteroid?

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=34.236845,-112.109143&spn=0.003623,0.006974&t=h&z=18

Jack

Gene A Lucas wrote:
> 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)
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