Transit of Venus

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Cosmic
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Transit of Venus

Postby Cosmic » 30 May 2012, 20:30

We have permission to use the Fairmont Hotel Area for the transit of venus. I know which venue I prefer so if anyone else wants to come to the Fairmont please post here.
regards
Geoff
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.

Alderney99
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Alderney99 » 31 May 2012, 15:48

Geoff - I would say that must surely be a better vantage point, with higher elevation than the proposed beach site,
AND considerable wide viewing angles. :D

What does everyone say to this???

IJ

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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby admin » 31 May 2012, 19:17

I agree - it's a better location. I've updated the main site.

Solar B
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Solar B » 02 Jun 2012, 10:10

So is this where we are all now meeting for the Transit
" Gentlemen only ever use Refractors "

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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Cosmic » 02 Jun 2012, 11:27

Hello Mr. "gentlemen only ever use Refractors (when they can't get hold of a Newtonian-well if it's good enough for Hubble)

Brian
Yes
Fairmont
and
be
on
your
best
behaviour

Geoff :lol:
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.

Solar B
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Solar B » 04 Jun 2012, 21:59

Dearest Geoffrey

I would accept a mirrored device even with its cool down , collimation and "horrendous"

central obstruction issues if it were made to a NASA specification , so that's never then 8)

Brian
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Solar B
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Solar B » 05 Jun 2012, 22:37

I see there is a 90 percent chance of rain for the Transit.

Oh the joys of living in Scotland .. :cry:
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Solar B
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Solar B » 06 Jun 2012, 11:28

Hi Morag

Unfortunately we did not see anything at all apart from the sea , cloud and Geoffrey stuffing his face :lol:

Still it was worth making the effort and great for me to catch up with everyone again esp Pete whom I have not

seen for some time , and I hope your feeling ok now after the trip home Soraya.

Brian
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Alderney99
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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Alderney99 » 06 Jun 2012, 12:32

Had alarm set for 1:59am - looked poor out.
Re-surfaced at 3am - ditto - went back to bed, so apologies for not making it.

DID see 1st contact and 2nd contact and some of the "drift" earlier though via the NASA EDGE website, with live
cameras from Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in white light and H-alpha.

But "seeing" is NOT really "observing" as such :^(

PS - good pic on BBC Breakast this morning fom Shetland, through a gap in the clouds.
Seemed to be nothing from Scottish mainland?

Pics galore on www.spaceweather.com , http://venustransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/ etc including from the ISS.

IJ

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Re: Transit of Venus

Postby Cosmic » 06 Jun 2012, 15:13

)Hello All,
Geoff "the stuffer" here, Yes a great pity but not be unexpected. However a great time was had by all just nattering and catching up and although we didn't see the transit we were treated to a simulation on Paul's laptop :)

Brian was there with his solar finder scope :shock:
and nice to see Pete again. We also had a visit from Rab from Kirkaldy camera club.
Attendees: Myself, Paul, Solar B, Moustache Pete, Ryohei, Priti and baby priti, Makbule and melisa (in the car :D )
I don't think I missed anyone.
A big thank you to Jonatahan and the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews for allowing us to use the venue.

Geoff
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.


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