Venus transit of the Sun

June 06, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday was the final transit of the Sun by Venus for this decade.  The Hamilton RASC held a public viewing event at Saltfleet School in Stoney Creek, and there was a great turnout.  It's approximated that about 600 people turned out for the event.  We had perfect weather for the entirety of the event.. sunny, warm and clear right past sunset.

I was there with the kids, with my 98FLT and Baadar filter on one of Gary's mounts, and with my DMK21 connected to his PST on another.  For the majority of the time I was manning the computer on the PST and showing people the view from there, but fortunately it did give me the opportunity to do some imaging, which I'm thankful for.

The kids came with me and I think they had a good time as well.  They all enjoyed looking through the telescopes and seeing the Ha images on my computer.  Everyone had mylar sun shades and although they worked, Venus was just tiny and sometimes difficult to see.  I think all of the kids managed to see it though with naked eye, and certainly many times through the scopes.

Erin arrived about 6:30p and stayed until about 7:45.  It was nice having her there as not only could I share the event with her, but she also helped out with showing things to people through my 98 while I was busy with people on the computer.  Although she won't admit it, I think she enjoyed be able to show things to people too.


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