End of June 2009 on the mountain pursuing epsilon Aurigae
We were fortunate to have 3 relatively photometric mornings to study eps Aur and friends with the SSP4 photometer - J & H bands (1.2 and 1.6 microns). Visually, eps appears brighter than eta Aur (3.2) - in agreement with other reports coming in. What's odd is that eps appears to have stayed in bright phase since the last minimum of light in early March 2009. What will happen during these last 3 weeks prior to predicted start of blue color eclipse? Calibration work on our data is underway, and we plan to persist with these measurements during July - give or take highway department's plans to rebuild the access roadway! Full report at the Adler meeting in early August - including pictures of the baby mountain goats (Capella and her kids, literally).