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Mercury Transit - 11/11/2019

Discussion in 'Celestial Events' started by Ed D, Oct 20, 2019.

Mercury Transit - 11/11/2019

Started by Ed D on Oct 20, 2019 at 5:12 AM

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    Ed D Well-Known Member

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    Here we go again. For those of us who missed the 2016 Mercury transit across the sun, we have an opportunity again this November 11th. I hope we get clear skies this time around. In 2016 my friend Bill and I palnned, set up our equipment, and then...

    This time I'm not making any detailed or complex plans. Funny how detailed planning never seems to work out. No, it will be more like guerilla observing from home. I will be using a 50mm spotting scope with a Baader white light filter from Agena that I should be getting tomorrow. I'm mounting the spotter on my Twilight I mount using the dovetail plate I adapted for my DSLR. Overkill on the mount, I know, but I don't have a photo tripod at this time. Hey, it works!

    Although I'm lukewarm about imaging the transit, I may try taking a few. Again, more opportunistic than detailed planning. I'll simply use a 2" to T-2 adapter I have with the DSLR and slip it over the eyepiece of the spotter.

    The transit starts around 7:30am for those of us in Miami, Florida. You can go to https://www.timeanddate.com and under the Sun and Moon tab click on Eclipses to check times for your location. This is what the page for Miami times looks like: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/miami

    Hopefully I'll have better luck this time around.

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    Well, events unfolded that impeded me from even being outdoors. However, being stubborn and hard-headed as I am, I did manage to get a couple of quick peeks at the transit, but no pics. As Mr Spock would say: "Fascinating"

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