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#1 GoFish

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:40 PM

I’m in NE Wisconsin (think Lambeau Field, Packers) and looking at Monday’s forecast. If it holds, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere within a day’s drive where the sky will be clear for the transit. I suspect a lot of us are going to miss it undecided.gif


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:50 PM

Yeah, it's winter now. We're screwed.

 

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:58 PM

I was ready to drive 3-4 hours for open sky but that no longer looks even remotely likely from the forecast. 

 

Huge bummer!!!


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:06 PM

Drive on down here to Tucson. You can sleep in your car in my yard Sunday night! Just a blanket or two will do.

 

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#5 GoFish

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:09 PM

Drive on down here to Tucson. You can sleep in your car in my yard Sunday night! Just a blanket or two will do.

 

Frank

I really wish I could take you up on that offer, but I can’t get there in time (my Lear jet is getting the oil changed that day). 



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:27 PM

hi

I just received my new lunt 60mm ha
I hope that the sky will be favorable to all of you

excuse my bad english


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#7 GoFish

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:35 PM

Aha!  A nice, new solar telescope. That explains it. 

 

I’m very sorry, sunnyday, but you will have to send back the Lunt 4.gif


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:40 PM

Aha!  A nice, new solar telescope. That explains it. 

 

I’m very sorry, sunnyday, but you will have to send back the Lunt 4.gif

lol

I’m very sorry,to ( not ) lol.gif


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:48 PM

Yeah, same here.  I was willing to drive a couple states but alas this low pressure system is hovering over the east coast.  I think North Carolina might have a hint of clear skies.



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:11 PM

  As a big PACKER fan, I don't want to hear any complaining!  shocked.gif

All my life I've DREAMED about going to see a game where you are, I'll swap you for the Mercury transit!!

You're in the "Mecca" of Packer land!   bow.gif

 

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#11 GoFish

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:22 PM

We put our names on the season ticket waiting list in 1983. On April fools day, 2013, the letter came:  tickets were available if we still wanted them snoopy2.gif   We thought one of our kids had played the ultimate prank, but it turned out to be the real deal. 



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:31 PM

Same here in Indiana, predicting cloudy, rain and some snowflakes. " BAA-HUMBUG ".bawling.gif

 

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:37 PM

My weather for the transit....Raining in GA...Temps 66/22 F  May have to be satisfied with the last Mercury transit pics...

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:29 AM

I might drive north from KC to near Omaha where the clouds should be clearing out after sunrise.  Down here it might not clear off until after the transit is over.  Missed the one in 2016 due to cloudy skies so would like to see this one as it is my last chance.  Can’t wait until 2049.

 

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:02 AM

Same here in Central, N.J. Looks like total cloud out. According to multiple forecasts for Monday's Transit I an out of luck.frown.gif bawling.gif



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 12:38 PM

Looks like my best bet would be Sioux Falls. But that would mean 10 hours’ overnight drive. Ain’t happening frown.gif



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:54 PM

Forecast updates for my area lead me to believe that I might get lucky. Looks like 60-70% cloud cover for my lunch break on Monday.. which means I might have a small chance to see it! 

 

Edit: Another forecast update... we're looking at 13% cloud cover that morning!!!


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:38 PM

Here in the SanFran bay area, we've been having totally unseasonal June weather in November- dense coastal morning fog clearing out at noon to pleasant days. My hope is the pattern breaks before Monday.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:43 PM

Snow forecast here. However, Sunday doesn't look too bad and Tuesdays forecast is for perfectly clear skies...

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:45 PM

Clouds and snow for me...

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:50 PM

In northern Michigan, close to lake michigan, not going to see the sun.  Nothing fancy to use, Canon 100-400, 1.4x, 7D2, Lee Solar stopper.  I'd give it a go though if I had a chance of clear skies.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 05:51 PM

Looks like I will have clear skies here in Alaska! With any luck I will catch the last 4 minutes of the transit at sunrise. If mountains weren't on my horizon I'd have 9 minutes to view. I found a spot perched up on a bluff overlooking the Kenai River looking towards the Kenai mountains. This morning's test run showed that it took about five minutes for the sun to peek over the mountains. I thought my blues were going to be based on the weather and location but it seems like it's just location. Should be interesting to see the sun partially behind mountains while the transit is concluding. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Posted 09 November 2019 - 06:43 PM

Looks like I will have clear skies here in Alaska! With any luck I will catch the last 4 minutes of the transit at sunrise. If mountains weren't on my horizon I'd have 9 minutes to view. I found a spot perched up on a bluff overlooking the Kenai River looking towards the Kenai mountains. This morning's test run showed that it took about five minutes for the sun to peek over the mountains. I thought my blues were going to be based on the weather and location but it seems like it's just location. Should be interesting to see the sun partially behind mountains while the transit is concluding. Keeping my fingers crossed!

That is too cool!

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 07:44 PM

I’m in NE Wisconsin (think Lambeau Field, Packers) and looking at Monday’s forecast. If it holds, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere within a day’s drive where the sky will be clear for the transit. I suspect a lot of us are going to miss it undecided.gif

If you can find a clear eastern horizon, be there before sunrise and give it a try anyway.

At most, you'll lose a bit of sleep.

At best, you may catch a view.

 

Mercury's ingress will occur just before sunrise, and even if the sky is totally overcast there might be a clear 'slit' at the horizon. We were totally overcast for the June 2004 Venus transit - also a sunrise event. I took a chance and went out anyway - and was rewarded with a glorious 10 minute view before the Sun rose into the clouds. It was only 10 minutes, but it was history. And I saw it. 

 

Mercury is very tiny, so you might want to look up some online pics to better acquaint yourself with what to look for. I'm in Tomahawk WI - the transit simulation in my Sky Tools program shows Mercury at the 7o'clock position on the Sun during sunrise. It'll be the same in the Green Bay area. Even if you only see a few minutes, it'll be worth it.

 

Good luck!! smile.gif


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 04:05 AM

Drive on down here to Tucson. You can sleep in your car in my yard Sunday night! Just a blanket or two will do.

 

Frank

Wrong direction.  USA observers (regardless of location) should try to go east for a better view.




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