Hey All, What a morning! Set the alarm for 4:30, which gave me enough time to learn how to focus my eyes. Saturn was a great sight at 125x, clearly showing banding and the Cassini division. The moon was no less impressive at the terminator, with only a very slow, wavy, seeing condition interfering with an otherwise perfect view. I kept my eyes on the watch, counting down 'til the ISS flew through Andromeda. I've learned the last few ISS passes that it is possible to see the satellite much earlier than the predicted time, provided you're in the right conditions. It certainly makes it more fun. A few minutes later, the Iridium was nearly equal in brightness, and was in tune with the predictions on Heavens Above. Finally, time for the grand finale. The moon gently rolled towards the ringed wonder, and finally made first contact with the ring. Little by little, the Earth's satellite quietly engulfed the "smaller" planet. I kept watching, trying not to blink, until the last bit of the ring was completely covered. Not a bad morning for my first planetary occultation. Thad Thad Robosson starstarcracker@xxxxxxxxx SAC Member, ATM subgroup Chairman, Double star enthusiast Phoenix, Arizona, USA 112 08.03W, 33 32.67N The use of your "delete" key is authorized. --- 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.