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.>
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
Here's an excellent shot of the transit:
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
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 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.
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