Whitepeak Observatory, Tacoma, WA

Transit of Mercury 2006

AVI below shows the challenging seeing conditions (clouds etc) I had when observing this transit of Mercury Nov. 8 2006. Only the beginning was visible from my location. I was able to take two very brief avi's and obtain images from them, which are displayed below. I observed the beginning stages of the transit, first through fourth contact and did not observe any 'teardrop' effect upon the end of fourth contact.

Transit just afer fourth contact and sunspot 923

A bit better resolved image of somewhat later in the transit.

Times on the images. Scope used Meade DS2080 achromatic refractor 80mm-f/11 with Baader solar film filter and Neximage camera.

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