Mark Seibold
Image taken:
Apr. 22, 2009
Portland Oregon
Driving around Portland's West Hills at 1000' elevation at 4:30 AM, the lower east horizon was shrouded in low fog. Finally at 5:20 AM just before first contact, I was able to get a fleeting observation through my Nexstar 5i with a 32mm plossl. The crescent of Venus was like a golden arch mounted onto the moon. I have never seen anything like this occultation before. I returned home with a photo reference of the moons terminator line and sketched this large pastel of the naked eye scene over south downtown Portland with the telescope eyepiece view above onto 19" X 25" black Strathmore Artagain paper. -Mark
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