I observed the transit. It was a bone-chilling -20 deg C but with the next one being in 2032, I wanted to make sure I caught this. Day off- check, weather- check.
I was not able to catch Mercury coming or going off the disk. It rose with the planet already on the surface, and I couldnt wait until 11:15 ish for it to leave, as I was out there for 2.5 hours. I had my car running right beside me, so I could take frequent warm up breaks. I set up in a church parking lot on the eastern edge of the town I live in.
The seeing wasn't great for even the 32 brandon until 0915am, as the sun was just too low on the horizon. Also, I was getting some thin high altitude cloud but it didnt obstruct the view. I was also near an airport with flight paths so I was getting planes come around. One large 747 actually transited the disk as well, the lower right side in the eyepiece. I also had a curious passerby stop and ask for a look, so I gave an impromptu outreach session.
As for the planet, it was remarkably small in size but great to see. I observe the sun a lot, so seeing something like this was a nice change. No faculae really observable, just the granulation that the lunt wedge + SC filter combo typically produces well. I tried up to a 15mm delite, but the seeing/altitude just wasnt supporting it well. Best eyepiece was the 24mm brandon, and at 10:00 to 10:30am when the sun was highest. I left shortly after that back home.
Here are some pics of my outing. No pictures of the event itself, just enjoyed the views at the eyepiece.
Edited by Tyson M, 11 November 2019 - 03:00 PM.