Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

The Occultation of Saturn by the Moon - October 26, 2014
The Occultation of Saturn by the Moon – October 26, 2014

Object Name (Saturn, Moon first croissant)
Object Type (Occultation)
Location (Artignosc-sur-Verdon, France )
Date (2014 Oct 26)
Media (graphite pencil, watercolour, white paper, Paint.net for inversion and crop)
Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

Here join a watercolour I made while Saturn just leaves the very young moon.
That was a very nice spectacle indeed!
The original sketch was done in B&W on white paper; the small brilliant point on the very end of the moon croissant was used to define the Saturn disk intensity.
The colours were added in my workshop and the inverted while scanning.
During the emersion (17:17 UTC) the moon was less than 4° up my horizon and the sun was only 6° behind. So the sky was still clear.
The observation was made with a 102 f/10 refractor and a 10mm Delos EP, no filters.

Clear sky to you all !

Michel Deconinck

Lunar Hide and Seek – Occultatio​n and Lunar Eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse and occultation of April 15, 2014
The Lunar Eclipse and occultation of April 15, 2014


Tonight after setting up with friends and being thwarted by clouds, I raced home to see if I could still observe part of the lunar eclipse from a different location. Upon arriving home I found it was clear and quickly set up my 15×70 binoculars. I was delighted to see h Virginis just peeking its bright head out from behind the limb of the Moon and quickly started a sketch of my observation. The umbra had almost made it over the last portion of the limb and the remaining edge was brightly lit. The Moon took on a coppery glow and the stars shone nearby that normally cant be observed during full Moon.

15×70 Binocular on tripod

Black Stathmore paper, colored pencils & pastels

Thia (Cindy) Krach

Maui, Hawaii

The Occultation of Saturn by the Moon

Lunar Occultation of Saturn
Lunar Occultation of Saturn


I send you an old sketch of a occultation of Saturn by the moon!

This is the most interesting occultation of Saturn I have seen.

The rings were wide open and the sky was clean.

I used a stop- clock for the timing of this event. Info on the sketch!

For my sketch, I used color crayons on black paper.

Location: Trondheim, Norway.

Best wishes and clear sky from Per-Jonny Bremseth.

Thanks for nice comments!

Occultation of Beta Scorpii by the Moon

Occultation of Beta Scorpii by the Moon
Occultation of Beta Scorpii by the Moon

Object Name: The Moon and Beta Scorpius
Object Type: The Moon and a double star
Location: Haleakala Summit on Maui, HI
Date: August 14, 2013
Media: Pencil on a white sketch notebook page, reworked in GIMP and color inverted.
Because this event occurred over a short period of time, I was not able to make a detailed sketch of the moon. I’ve added details to one crater that lies near the double star which I’m guessing is Moretus. If anyone knows differently, please make a note of it in the comments.
The information about the equipment and the objects are included in the sketch submitted.
I give permission to display this sketch anywhere as long as I’m credited.
Thank you.

Steve McGaughey

Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon – December 25, 2012

Occultation of Jupiter - December 25, 2012
Occultation of Jupiter - December 25, 2012

Ocultação de Júpiter pela Lua 25.12.12
Object Name – Planet
Location – Rio de Janeiro / Brasil
Date – 25.12.12 / 20:42 h UTC
Media – graphite pencil, charcoal, white paper, photoshop

Equipament –
130 mm / f 6.9 / EQ2 Newtonian Telescope
Ocular 25 mm Kellner

Occultation of Jupiter

Occultation of Jupiter
Occultation of Jupiter


I send my sketch of the “Occultation of Jupiter”

Sketch shows a moment of Jupiter by the Moon Cloak and umbrella immunity telescope eyepiece at 120x magnification. God heard my prayers! Despite the terrible weather the moon emerged from behind the clouds. The view was magnificent. Emotions reached its zenith. Sketch was made before the moon covered the planet. Unfortunately I did not see the moons of Jupiter as the light clouds hamper perception. I hope you managed to show this phenomenon :))
In addition, the nature of the country lent incredible experience.

Object name: Occultation of Jupiter
Location: Psary in Poland
Date: July 15, 2012 3:32 pm
Media: Pencil 2B, blue crayons, white paper. Background and field of view was created in GIMP
Thanks and regards :)))))))

Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon

Jupiter Occultation and Conjunction
Jupiter Occultation and Conjunction

Hi, here attached my last souvenir

Object Name (Jupiter, Moon, Venus and Hyades)
Object Type (occultation)
Location (Néoules Var France)
Date (2012 July 15th)
Media (graphite pencil for the moon, and watercolor for the dolmen sketch)

So early! I observed with a friend of mine from 3h to 5h AM local time.

Close to Néoules, we have a good place with a good sky to observe the rising of Sun, Moon and planets.

The telescope I use to sketch is a Bresser 1000/102.

The two first sketches were made in this place; the watercolour was made just after the occultation, 5 km further. How many occultation this megalithic dolmen has seen?

On the watercolor, we can see the planet Venus and perceive the Hyades open cluster with Aldebaran

That was very early but,… what a wonderful spectacle !
Kind regards

Michel Deconinck

Jupiter Occultation
Jupiter Occultation
Jupiter Occultation
Jupiter Occultation

Clouds Spoiled the Occultation

Moon and Xi Sagittarii
Moon and Xi Sagittarii

Yesterday (October 31st) I went to see interesting occultation. The star Xi Sagittarii was to be obscured by the Moon. Unfortunately, five minutes before the occultation the clouds came. What a bad luck.
So I have only a sketch of the Moon and Xi Sgr in short distance from each other 🙁

Object: Moon & Xi Sagittarii
Date: October 31st, 2011
Time: About 18:25 (6:25 PM)
Place: Nowy Sącz, Poland
Equipment: Binoculars Bresser 10×50
Technique: White pastels on black art paper. Tooling, levels, color, light in GIMP2
Author: Aleksander Cieśla (Wimmer)

Moon and M45

Moon and M45
Moon Occultation of M45
Sketch and Details by Ferenc Lovró

I was very fortunate that we had a clear night when this rare event occurred; we had only a couple of such evenings this winter so far. The 50% Moon was on the Southern side of the Pleiades. The star you may notice near the Moon was visible only for about 5-10 minutes, before it was covered by our little brother.

Location: Nádasdladány, Hungary
Observer: Ferenc Lovró
Moon occultation of M45 (Open cluster)
Also known as: Pleiades, NGC 1432, NGC 1435
Right ascension: 3h 48m; Declination: 24° 12′
Constellation: Taurus
Date/time: 2010.02.21 19:00 UT
Equipment: 12″ f/5 Newtonian Scope
FoV: 1° 1′ Magnification and filter(s): 45x
Seeing: 5/10 Transparency: 3/5

The Lunar/Antares Occultation

Lunar/Antares occultation

The Lunar Occultation of Antares
Sketch and Details by Michael Rosolina


I was fortunate to be able to view the occultation of the red supergiant Antares by the nearly full Moon as it rose on the evening of June 6th. The Moon was still sixteen hours from full which caused the lunar limb to have an odd, irregular appearance in places. Antares, “the Heart of the Scorpion” disappeared in an eyeblink behind the invisible dark edge of Luna before it ever reached the sunlit mountains and mares.

Antares means “the rival of Mars” in Greek, but it was easily overwhelmed by Selene that night.

This field sketch was done with white and gray Conte’ crayon, black charcoal pencil, and orange color pencil on black paper.

The Moon and Antares
0226 UT 7 June 2009

Michael Rosolina
Friars Hill, WV USA