Category Archives: Preparation

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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Transit Morning

Here’s a very quick note. The morning on the Kona side of the Big Island is looking quite pleasant – windy but clear. As of the 3:00 am report, the Mauna Kea summit access road is open. Which is to … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Night Before Transit…

…and all through the resort, a whole bunch of amateur astronomers wondered what would happen in the morning. There’s a low pressure system wrapping around the Big Island, and the Sun’s been playing hide ‘n’ seek with clouds for the … Continue reading

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In Transit to the Transit

Okay, I guess it’s reasonably safe to reveal what I’m up to. At the moment, I’m in a nice hotel room on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, getting ready to join the rest of the Sky … 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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