Tales of the Lazy Stargazer

Volume Two, Number Two

Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012

By Alan Rifkin (The Lazy Star Gazer)
Transit of Venus
June 5 2012

It was a dark and rainy day.
It seems like it has been raining for weeks. This is the sixth Tuesday in a row that it has rained.
No chance of seeing it.
But we went anyway.
Kevin and the 5Aís put together an event at the Quabbin lookout tower.
We could see rain at the north end of the reservoir heading our way and it tried to rain on us twice.
Two minutes before first contact a huge hole moved in to position and we had beautiful clear skies for 90 minutes. Then we played peek-a-boo for another half hour.
400 people came and looked. It was slightly organized chaos.
We had put most of the scopes under or near the tents in case of rain and it they were just too close together for all the people we had.
Some came by bus from assisted living centers. Everyone had a great time.
At times we had lines of 20 people at 16 different scopes.
We waited till the end hoping for another hole just above the horizon, but it closed up
Sunset was a horizon of fire
This is the first time I have ever done astronomical observing from under a tent.
A great day, except I left my solar filters home and didnít get any good pix.
There were also two beautiful groups of over 9 sun spots.
I am now a TOV two timer
We will do it again in 2117

By Mario Motta

by me, by eyepiece projection

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