Ping: Bob Schmall: Re: Transit of Venus

As you watched it - did you think about the song, 'There's a little black spot on the sun today...'?
<watson-who is impressed by the celestial mechanics of the whole thing, but who enjoys a balls to the wall lunar eclipse so much more - unsophisticated, I guess.>
Regards, Tom.
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Here's an excellent shot of the transit: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
The digital astro group has been loaded with images today. And yeah, Tom--I get woodier (Obww) from a total solar or lunar eclipse, or even an annular solar, than the transit. Will I someday be able to tell my great-grandkids that I was there for the Great Transit of '04? Who cares?
Last night I drug out the 4" refractor and saw all 4 of Jupiter's Galilean moons, 2 as definite circles rather than points of light, along with the shadow of one (Callisto?) on the edge of the planet. And as always I had the feeling that the show was just for me, that no one else on Earth was watching.
Bob
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We had a lot of cloud in Montreal but I did manage to catch this one with my pine tubed newt.
http://www.angelfire.com/space/lunatic/transit.htm
George Anderson
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Nice shot, George. Why not submit it to Astronomy magazine here in the States or to the Canadian astronomy magazine (the name escapes me)? And a nice drive-by Obww with the pine tube. What size is it? The telescope, I mean.
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Hi Bob
I figure APOD and all of the magazines were saturated with transit shots even bofore my films came back from the developer. Just what I have seen posted by APML list members is incredible. The scope is a little 5" f/8 newt with a purchased mirror. The 6" f/5.4 that I ground and polished is going in a cherry tube with a maple bodied focuser and purpleheart alt bearings.
George

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George: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Bob

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