Planet: Venus (in Leo)
Stars: 31 Leo
Occultation: Venus-Regulus

Location: Astotin Recreation Area in Elk Island National Park, AB
Date: 2018-07-09
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM MDT
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars, 10x42 IS
Transparency: Very Good (4)
Seeing: Very Good (4)

Clear skies. Very little if any breeze or clouds. Had a suppertime visit from a former cohort and now a good friend, Mike Hoffman. It was great to reconnect and to explain this newfound interest to him. We encountered a few buffalo roadside during our travels throughout the park. 

Elk Island buffalo
© Jerry Black. Coolpix P900, ISO 100, 1/800 sec @ f/3.5

Venus (in Leo)
Time: 11:15 PM MDT
Instrument: Visual + Binoculars 
S&T Chart Reference: 34, 35, G
Regulus could not be seen as a separate entity but it did make Venus appear misshapen at its SE limb. At 10:40 PM, Regulus couldn't be seen at all. I used the binoculars to view the occultation and also identified the star 31 Leo below Regulus. I did not see Regulus appear on the NW limb later in the evening.


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