On the 8th of October an inauguration party has been held at the Archenhold observatory in Berlin. Members of IOTA-ES including the board of directors celebrated the inauguration with champagne and sausages.
Inauguration of IOTA-ES 0.5m portable telescope.
The first real observation with the instrument had been the successful observation of the occultation by Pluto on the 19th of July 2016. It will still take some more time, to finish some minor work and to write the operation instructions. But in the near future it can be booked by IOTA members for observation projects. Read more!!
Advance notice: 5th of Oct 2017 around 23h50 UTC:
Advance notice: Calculated with OCCULT and a GAIA position from the GAIA14 cataloge, a subset of the GAIA DR1 catalog assembled by Dave Herald, Australia. Its a rare opportunity, to monitor Triton's atmosphere. The track passes one of the most "telescope"-populated areas. The separation between Neptune and Triton is about 11.4 arcsec.
Ongoing Monitoring of Pluto's Atmosphere
Occultation of UCAC4 345-180315 (14m1) on the 19th of July, visible for Europe
and the "Pathfinder Occultation" on July the 14th ...
Big success for occultation observers around Europe!Astronomers from about 20 stations got data from the Pluto occultation on the 19th of July. Observatories from Greece to Pic du Midi, from Spain to Berlin successfully recorded the occultation! The atmosphere is still there!
New prediction by B. Sicardy shows a large
The Pluto mission "New Horizons" is just a little more than 1/2 year away from Pluto, an occultation of a 14m2 star visible from Europe will occur in the late evening of the 19th of July according to predictions by the RIO team and B. Sicardy. And on the 14th of July, a 16mag star will be occulted by Pluto. This occultation may help us to find the path of the Central Flash for the occultation on the 19th...Read more
Minor Planet Occultations of Bright StarsOccultations by stars brighter than about 9th mag will be presented in this blog.http://call4obs.iota-es.de
Grazing Occultations of Stars by the MoonA field of professional astronomy between science and beauty Among all occultation phenomena in the sky grazing occultations of stars by the moon have a very unique character. The observation of these spectacular events ... read the overview in full length!
The XXXV European Symposion on Occultation Projects will be held in Guildford at the University of Surrey. 19th to 21st of August.Have a look!!
The Journal for Occultation Astronomyis now free for all, except the last 2 issues. Get it for free!
Call for Observations!Occultations of Bright Stars by Minor Planets can be found HERE
Reporting lunar occultationsThe most significant change for 27 years in reporting lunar occultations is now underway. You have to know, how to report lunar occultations from now on! Your reports have to be sent to a new mailing address.
Dave Herald reports from Canberra, Australia
Iota Occultation Camera (IOC)Read more
How many photonsdo you get from a star? Read more...
GPS ... Where am I ?Positionsbestimmung mit GPS und Karte... in German Read more...
The Artificial Night Sky Brightnessfor Occultation Observing Stations in Europe Read more...