[AZ-Observing] Theta Orionis eclipse tonight

  • From: Jeff Hopkins <phxjeff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 14:28:28 -0700

While it is certainly nice to stay cozy and warm inside these cold 
nights, if you dress properly you will be treated to some great views 
of the night sky outside.

Gene Lucas and I will be making BVRI CCD observations of theta 
Orionis throughout the night. I have been doing some baseline work 
during the week. It has been chilly. Last night was in the 20's. 
Hopefully it will be a bit warmer tonight. Mid-eclipse is about 17 
minutes after midnight, but we hope to get as much data on either 
side as we can. Perhaps in 65 days we can try again and will have 
more time with Orion above the observatory wall.

Earlier this week I set up my 13.1" DOB in my driveway and let the 
neighbor kids view the Moon. The cold clear air made a fantastic view.

I got a note from a fellow photometrist in MN who was out two nights 
ago doing BVRI single channel work on epsilon Aurigae. It was 8 
degrees. And I thought in the 20's was cold. He said it there was no 
blowing snow, however. so it was a good session.


Jeff Hopkins
Counting Photons
Hopkins Phoenix Observatory
7812 West Clayton Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85033-2439 U.S.A.
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