On the morning of April 21, 2005, the asteroid (204) Kallisto was predicted to occult the star TYC 5770-00924-1 for observers in the northeast US.
Map courtesy of Steve Preston -- see the Asteroid Occultation Update page for upcoming events.
I woke up around 3 AM to set up for the event. The plan was was:
RIT physics major Tom Schwarting kindly provided a new VCR to replace the one which did not work during last week's occultation by Stobbe. This one DOES work -- thanks, Tom!
During last week's event, we discovered that the KIWI OSD time insertion unit built by RIT physics major Matt Montanaro had a loose connector. Matt took the unit home over the weekend and fixed it. Indeed, as soon as I connected it to the VCR this morning, I saw stars and the GPS time on the display; no problems. Thanks, Matt!
Alas, although all the equipment worked just fine, I could not detect the target star (or the much fainter asteroid) in the video images. I am pretty sure that I was in the right place, as I sync'ed the telescope on several stars within a few degrees of the target. My explanation for failing to detect the star with our 12-inch telescope plus PC-164C has several components:
My guess is that we could probably detect this star as a faint source above the noise under ideal conditions, but this morning was far from ideal.
So, there's nothing for me to report. I hope other people had better luck, either in detecting the star, or in staying in bed.