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What Classic Scope for the Mercury Transit?

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#1 rolo

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:05 PM

So, what's your classic scope set up for the transit? If weather permits, I have some of my neighbors coming over for the show. One of them home schools her kids so they'll get a treat for sure. I'll probably use my FreeTX 90 since its so easy to use or I may whip out the 74 Questar.

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:10 PM

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:13 PM

That's what I used for the last Mercury transit, 1972 Model.

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:57 PM

Rolo:

 

Can you really pass the ETX-90 off as a classic scope?  I just parted ways with my last classic, the Meade 310 so I will be using a modern classic, the NP-101 for the transit.

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:10 AM

Rolo:

 

Can you really pass the ETX-90 off as a classic scope?  I just parted ways with my last classic, the Meade 310 so I will be using a modern classic, the NP-101 for the transit.

No problem Jon, I'll use the 1974 Questar just for you smile.gif .  Hope your skies are clear for this wonderful eventwaytogo.gif


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:40 AM

One of these, maybe both. Hoping to have a clear morning and some kids to observe with. Kids love cranking these focuser wheels! So do I.

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:49 AM

I suspect there will be lots of classic refractors used for this event.



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:08 AM

Utilized a 1963 Kenko Apollo 60/910mm and 90´s ETX 90 for the 2016 event. Plan to use modified ETX90 for photography and visual this year.

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:15 AM

ETX 90 Mercury Frankenscope for 2019 event. Weather predictions poor. High clouds, damp and cold.

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

I was going to take off work for this event, and had plans to use my C80 with the Lunt solar wedge. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not cooperating, with snow and ice headed this way (well, actually, it's already here).

 

So, off to work I go...

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:33 AM

I already have high cirrus clouds but I think I have a good chance to see it. We're supposed to be clouded over after 12 noon. cloudy.gif fingerscrossed.gif


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:38 AM

I had planned on using my Brandon 94, but it’s cloudy this morning and I’m off to the airport at noon for a 9 hr flight.   Looks like I’ll be missing this one, unfortunately. 



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:00 AM

I already have high cirrus clouds but I think I have a good chance to see it. We're supposed to be clouded over after 12 noon. cloudy.gif fingerscrossed.gif

Same here at The Swamp.  And, I'm about to have a medical procedure (get knocked out), so I'll be ditzier than usual today.  But, my FL80S is waiting in the shed...

 

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Yes!!!  We got a gaping hole in the clouds with about half an hour to go.  Thank the Good Lord, it takes less than a couple of minutes to prep the FL80S + Lunt Wedge, and get it to the pool deck -- no trees blocking the view.  80x (RKE 8), ultra-sharp solar limb, and a perfect black dot gliding towards the edge.  At contact, it looked like someone used an old paper hole-puncher to make a perfect bite in the solar disk.  Well worth fumbling & stumbling around for (Dr. gave me a Strong Knock-Out injection this morning).

 

Much warmer than expected @ 72* F -- heat wedge forming out ahead of a powerful cold front.  Our low tomorrow night:  26* F.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:03 AM

I have to work today and won't be able to man a telescope when the sun comes up, so I'm just grabbing bits of it online.  

 

The next one from North America is in 30 years so I guess I've seen my last Mercury transit.  :(


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:12 AM

Rained out today was hoping to use Asashi Jupiter 60 x 800mm with .965 herschel wedge and Questar Field Model

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:22 AM

If we had clear skies, then I could have viewed it through my Jason Comet Chaser 480... but we are clouded out, so I have to use the "not-quite-classic" 14 inch Celestron SCT of the Slooh observatory in the Canary islands (live via YouTube!). smile.gif

 

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Cheers!

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:33 AM

The FC76 is set up to observe the Mercury transit of the Sun and waiting for a break in the clouds. It’s not looking very promising. 😢

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:44 AM

Had no idea I'd be able to see it this morning, but I did for a short period of time. Decided to take out the Mayflower 814 since it's so quick to get out there. 

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:12 AM

I won't be using any of my vintage telescopes, but I will be using my 0.965 Tak MC orthos with my Lunt LS35. It's clear, but it's -21C right now coldday.gif


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:25 AM

The clouds dissipated in the sky opened up, wow! Almost dead center now. I’m so glad that the weather gods decided to help out!

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:40 AM

Yup, through the trees, dead center with my modded orange C90.

 

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:53 AM

At least there are no sunspots to confuse people today.  


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:04 AM

From Sky and Telescope:
“..... a [Mercury] transit, occurs approximately 13 times a century. The last took place on May 9, 2016 and the next ones unfold in 2032 and 2039. But if you live in the United States, the Sun will be below the horizon for both, making this year's transit the last visible until May 7, 2049.”


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:18 AM

I'm hoping I'm still around for the 2045 total solar eclipse (it happens in my backyard) but I'll be 87.  I guess I can wait two more years for another Mercury transit.  :lol:  :rofl:


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 11:27 AM

I'm hoping I'm still around for the 2045 total solar eclipse (it happens in my backyard) but I'll be 87.  I guess I can wait two more years for another Mercury transit.  lol.gif  rofl2.gif

Cue ... When I'm Sixty-Four
The Beatles
When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four
You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you
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When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
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Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four
Every summer we can rent a cottage
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