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Looks to be good in Leeds, if not a tad windy so I've got the skytee2 and 72mm ED on WL duty.. should be stable enough!

Good luck everyone, hope there's at least a glimpse for most..

Ta

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Mercury Transit 9th May 2016 Warning The sun is dangerous and any mistakes could lead to permanent blindness. The Geocentric Phase timings are 11-12 UT ingress(12-12 BST) 18-42 UT egress (19

Don't think I've posted on this thread yet, but apologies if I have. I was expecting nothing, so 5 or 6 brief observations over a few hours was wonderful. The seeing was mixed, poor when the cloud was

An interesting day chasing the Sun going North. I knew that Hereford was going to be cloudy so made the decision with 3 friends from Herefordshire Astro Society to drive up the M5 and M6 to find clear

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I am about to leave in 20 minutes to meet up with Herefordshire AS members to drive north up the M6. We will stop at Stafford, Sandbach, Knutsford until we fine clear skies. The car is loaded up with Frac and PST. I know its a bit of a journey but I did travel to California in 2012 to view Transit of Venus so whats a hundred miles :smiley:

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1 minute ago, Mark at Beaufort said:

I am about to leave in 20 minutes to meet up with Herefordshire AS members to drive north up the M6. We will stop at Stafford, Sandbach, Knutsford until we fine clear skies. The car is loaded up with Frac and PST. I know its a bit of a journey but I did travel to California in 2012 to view Transit of Venus so whats a hundred miles :smiley:

Good luck Mark! Hope you find some sunshine.

I can't travel today so it's either a lucky break in the back garden or watch online, which doesn't really do it for me! Still, I got a glorious 6 minutes of the Venus transit before 3rd contact so perhaps I'll be lucky again!

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It's so cloudy here this morning that if someone asked me to point to the Sun I'd have serious trouble getting any more accurate than "up".

James

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There is a tiny chance I may catch one glimpse of this, it seems that we are near 100% cloud here in the south. This hobby does my head in sometimes :( 

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Little or no chance with the weather here either heavy rain and possible thundery showers forecast for this afternoon...

Ho hummm..

Good luck with the transit  if you have the weather to observe it...

Peter...

 

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You are more than welcome to come here. Wall to wall Sun all day is forecast. I also have some Masham sausages and my BBQ to hand. Note my obsy view is restricted after about 5:30. Garden is ok though.

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Chris,

Thank you for the offer it is very kind of you, I will try Boston first purely on the grounds of the time getting home again. However, I may still take you up on the offer, I will send you a PM on here via my iPhone if it is crabby in Boston :happy6:

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23 minutes ago, Pig said:

I didn't see the note on the sausages :happy6: lets hope it is cloudy in boston

Sausages are one thing from Masham.. The fine local brew, both of them, are something else entirely!! Ah happy (foggy) memories!

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1 hour ago, Mark at Beaufort said:

I am about to leave in 20 minutes to meet up with Herefordshire AS members to drive north up the M6. We will stop at Stafford, Sandbach, Knutsford until we fine clear skies. The car is loaded up with Frac and PST. I know its a bit of a journey but I did travel to California in 2012 to view Transit of Venus so whats a hundred miles :smiley:

Supposed to be sunny here in penmaenmawr until 3pm but we seem to have some thin white cloud and some haze

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Morning all. I've taken a day's holiday for the transit, but the forecast has been very poor down here in Cornwall. Current forecast is 100% cloud for the duration of the event, before starting to clear 1 hour after fourth contact :hmh:: http://clearoutside.com/forecast/50.36/-4.74

I suppose I used up all my weather luck last year, with the March partial solar eclipse and September total lunar eclipse being cloud-free.

Good luck, all, with the transit!

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2 hours ago, goodricke1 said:

Same story in Ireland, people heading north to get clearer skies.

Thunder storms building already over north kildare. I feel like a storm chaser instead of an astronomer today.

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Cloudy and raining in Portsmouth, forecast says 'only' 75% cloud around 3pm so at least I may have a chance of seeing it.

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Miraculous! Excellent seeing here today - and Mercury is on the disc! The spot is showing a nice surrounding dark zone too, even in live view.

Sorry folks with cloud.

Same here and looking good .

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