Mid-July and the pursuit of epsilon Aurigae from the mountain
7/10/09 - we've entered a special time with THREE local eclipse events heralding the predicted start of eclipse for eps Aur: a partial lunar eclipse this week, a total solar eclipse on 7/22 and another lunar eclipse on 8/5 - same week as start of eps Aur eclipse and the Adler meeting!
We've been frustrated at the mountain due to access road repair by the state highway department and cloudy mornings - thus , no new SSP4 data this week. We plan to try again later next week.
However, heroic Denver undergrad Nick Long has begun a series of DSLR imaging tests and found V=3.01 on July 7th. Ace observers Richard Miles and Des Loughney in the UK are reporting V mags close to 3.0 this week, one month prior to the predicted start of eclipse. eps Aur is remaining oddly bright this close to the start of eclipse. Your observations will be important to share!