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Question Mercury ...

11 months 2 weeks ago #41599 by AndyG
Nipped out with the portable Ha solar scope yesterday and spotted the Mercury transit between the clouds about 30 minutes after it started.
It was very dim because of high cloud so I tried the white light Hershel Wedge on an 80mm scope. The clouds started to clear a bit and "I'll see is any of the physics groups want to have a quick look" says very helpful Bio tech ...
Physics, chemistry, biology, upper school, lower school, teachers, cleaners, head, deputy head and probably a couple of teacher's dogs later I got to pack up! It was only about 90 minutes and involved some cloud dodging but must of been more than 150 students.
Reaction varied between "Ohh!" and "Ahh!" to "Oh." and "Ah." :-)
News at Ten coverage last night was "A greatly anticipated event ..." followed by some high-speed footage, an arrow to Mercury and complete silence until the presenter said "Goodnight". Some people just don't get it :-)

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11 months 2 weeks ago #41600 by SteveKeys
I love all this kind of stuff - don't suppose you caught any pictures did you?


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11 months 2 weeks ago #41601 by AndyG
Yes ... got to get them from my camera onto the computer when I get the chance

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #41608 by AndyG
A snap taken at the eyepiece. Unfortunately dropping the resolution hasn't helped an already poor picture taken through high cloud but does still show a little surface granulation on the sun. Mercury is the thing you thought was a speck of dirt on your monitor ... :)

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