On the evening of March 8th, two interesting lunar occultations took place: disappearance and reappearance of stars 119- and 120-Tauri. I captured both reappearances on video. Here is the reappearance of the Supergiant 119-Tauri (SRC Variable, carbon star, spectral type M2 Iab, ruby color, one of the largest stars known) at the bright Lunar limb – time UT 02hr 08min 45sec.
Since the star is very red, I used an infrared photometric filter to reduce the brightness of the Moon, not affecting the light of the stellar source, which is very bright in the infrared spectrum. From a lunar occultation of this star in 1977, its diameter was measured and found to be similar with those of Antares and Betelgeuse!
Equipment: Telescope Meade 8″ SCT, Infrared Photometric Filter (Bessell I)
Camera Watec 902 H2U, GPS Time Inserter
(Prediction: OCCULT 4 Software)