[Chaos-l] Fwd: [CFAS] Transit Observing Report
walterfowler at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 19:12:16 EDT 2012
Do any of the major airlines have regular service to Venus? It's
reassuring enough to know that pelicans and crabs have found a home there.
Glad that you had a visible Transit at the beach as well. So different
from 2004. Walter
On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM, Jon Stewart-Taylor <joncst at earthlink.net>wrote:
> I was down in Burgaw, so Kathleen and i went to Fort Fisher with the CFAS
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jon Stewart-Taylorj <joncst at earthlink.net>
>> Date: June 5, 2012 9:59:59 PM EDT
>> To: Cape Fear Astronomical Society
>> Subject: [CFAS] Transit Observing Report
>> Kathleen and i made it to Fort Fisher a bit after 6:00, to find a
>> half-dozen or so instruments (telescopes, binoculars, and the occasional
>> video camera) trained on the sun. We wandered up the row, looking through
>> each instrument. Venus was well into its transit, nicely contrasted
>> against a number of sunspots. Each of the instruments emphasized different
>> aspects of the sun. The h-alpha scopes were nifty because they showed
>> features the white-light scopes couldn't, but several of the white-light
>> scopes gave very good images as well.
>> The sun came and went during the transit, but was out more than not. One
>> exciting moment came when a jet flew across the sun, the contrail drifting
>> down across Venus, plainly visible through the scopes.
>> There were also non-astronomical things to see when the sun was behind
>> clouds. Pelicans were diving offshore, and with low tide, there was a
>> garden of Fiddler Crabs alongside the cement walkway out through the marsh.
>> They would dive back into their holes as we approached, but if we stood
>> still they would emerge, large-claw first, like flowers blooming.
>> All in all, a very nice evening.
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