Category Archives: Observing

Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Visiting CFHT

2012 June 07 – The Sky and Telescope Venus Transit Tour was over. A small sub-group was heading out to visit the Imiloa Astronomy Center, but most of us were leaving the group. I was staying in Hawaii for a … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Mauna Kea’s Summit

There are people I know who live for their next trip. On the other hand, I put up with travel when I have a good reason. Seeing the Transit of Venus from Hawaii added up to a good enough reason. … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 3

The 13 observatories on Mauna Kea are scattered at different locations around the upper mountain.  Optical and infrared observatories are on the high ridges. Just below the optical/IR telescopes is an area known informally as “Submillimeter Valley.”  The observatories here … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 1

2012 June 05 — The day of the 2012 Transit of Venus Oddly enough for me, I was up at dawn that morning. As I’d posted that morning, the weather seemed to be cooperating. Certainly the view from my hotel … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day Minus 1

2012 June 04. The Sky and Telescope Transit of Venus group had converged at Waikoloa Beach. The reception the night before had been a lot more enjoyable than I’d have imagined: good food, good conversation, and dark, lovely skies. This … Continue reading

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One Mind-Boggling Transit Day

Well, it’s come and gone for another 105.5 years. And we couldn’t have asked for the day to have worked out any better. Well, we could have, but we’d have had to be daft! Even with a stiff breeze at … Continue reading

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Trying Stuff Out

With the Transit of Venus coming up very soon, I’ve been taking every opportunity to practice observing and photographing the Sun. For the last few practice sessions, I’ve been trying out different equipment and techniques. This sort of thing might … Continue reading

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Depressurizing Through Practice

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a crowd watching you try to make a balky telescope cooperate or the relentless ticking of  the clock. There’s nothing quite like pressure to turn your fingers to unresponsive sausages and your brain to a … Continue reading

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Observing and Recording the 2012 Transit of Venus

There’s less than a month to go until the 2012 Transit of Venus! I’m trying to get everything organized — I think it’s going well, but I have this feeling that I’m going to open up a bag, whack myself … Continue reading

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Another Hyped-up Full Moon

Here we go again — more of this “Supermoon” hype.  Here’s the unhyped reality. This month’s full moon happens to occur when the moon is near perigee — its closest approach to Earth.  You’ll see all kinds of statistics:  “X% … Continue reading

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