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 Post subject: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:59 pm 
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Transit of Mercury
As 11th November approacheded I had mixed feelings about observing the Mercury Transit, not having seen much of the Sun for a while.
The 11th arrived with early morning rain but towards mid-day there seemed a possibility of cloud breaks.
I hurriedly organised my 60mm Ha SolarMax & 88mm refractor, tripod laptop & Opticstar PL-131m video camera, near our south facing kitchen window.t
As the critical 12:35UT neared cloud breaks weren't as good asI I hoped. Even so I did glimpse the Sun for brief spells then deciding to concentrate on visuall using the reftractor.
After what seemed an age 12:35 arrived but no Mercury.
I think about 12:38UT I glimpsed a tiny dot just inside the sun's limb - MERCURY !
Took a while to sink in !
I glanced at the Sky & decided to try taking a few video Clips through the refractor.
I was lucky but only got 4 short video clips between !2:41UT $ 12:42 !!!
Then the Sun was gone.
It was soon chucking it down. I attach 3 No image-
1) 12:41UT,
2) a very rainy 11th Nov afternoon through my more usual Sun observing west facing bedroom window.
Best wishes from Cliff


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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:14 pm 
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Well captured Cliff! I wasn't so lucky. I had the PST set up and just like you I was looking through the window. But in my case it never cleared. :( Ah well, at least I have some images of the last one in 2016.

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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:34 pm 
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Thanks - frustrating but fun in a funny way!
Oh! I was going to send 3 pics but then decided on just 2 but actually removed the wrong image - but doesn't matter much.
Best wishes from Cliff


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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Well caught Cliff,

I was at work near Knutsford-Cheshire. It was cloudy-wet with hail, all-day.

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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:41 pm 
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Thanks & best wishes.
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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:30 am 
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Cloud obscured the Mercury transit at this site. Some of us prefer to observe these events in H-a, as it can reveal multiple details.
At the previous blue-sky Mercury transit, and after several attempts with a handheld LUMIX compact camera through the PST, I caught a sharp detailed view of the event, showing Mercury no bigger than a fullstop, two small prominences and lots of filaments. The image came out so well that I framed it :D .

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Dear Cliff,

Very nice image! Well done,
regards,

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