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    Re: My View of the Transit of Venus
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2004 Jun 8, 08:41 +0100

    Thanks to Frank Reed, who reminded us about this event last night, I got
    up at 4AM to witness the event. Crystal clear skies this morning. A
    godsend.  So I viewed the sun for about a half hour with my sextant (and
    6X scope). I too, was amazed at the clarity of the dark disk against the
    backdrop of the sun. Made it worthwhile to get up that early. Then I woke
    my wife and asked her if she wanted to see it. "Is it spectacular she
    asked?".  Well not particularly, however, it ain't going to happen again
    in our lifetime so you can at least tell people that you saw it.
    
    Went back to sleep and got up again at 6AM to catch the last bit. By
    0715, the disk was just taking a nip out of the right hand side of the
    sun, then it was over.
    
    Quite an interesting sight I must say. And thanks again to Frank for his
    reminder. I have been so engrossed in trying to get my boat ready these
    days that I would have completely forgotten about it and would have been
    severely ticked off at missing it.
    
    Robert
    
    
    >It has been drought here in southern NSW, Australia. Total of 40mm of
    rain in the last 6 months, crystal clear days and nights, week after week
    as we slip into winter.
    >
    >Today, low cloud, building and breaking during the day. The transit
    commenced around 3.14.33pm local time (EST)....heavy cloud blocked all
    view.
    >
    >Intermittent rays of sunshine for the next hour and a bit. Teasing.
    >
    >Then at around 4.20pm, the clouds around the sun cleared for a little
    less than  5 minutes. Only time enough to take in the phenomena.  An
    absolutely brilliant view of the transit through my sextant telescope and
    shades. While I had looked at animations of the transit, I had not
    expected the shape of venus to be so "definite" on the sun's surface.
    >
    >At 4.30 the sun disappeared completely behind clouds and then the local
    hills.
    >
    >So, how did others fare?
    >
    >Lee Martin
    >
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    It has been drought here in southern NSW, >Australia. Total of 40mm of rain in the last 6 months, crystal clear days and >nights, week after week as we slip into winter.
    >
    >
    Today, low cloud, building and breaking during the >day. The transit commenced around 3.14.33pm local time (EST)....heavy cloud >blocked all view.
    >
    >
    Intermittent rays of sunshine for the next hour and >a bit. Teasing.
    >
    >
    Then at around 4.20pm, the clouds around the sun >cleared for a little less than 5 minutes. Only time enough to take in >the phenomena. An absolutely brilliant view of the transit through my >sextant telescope and shades. While I had looked at animations of the transit, I >had not expected the shape of venus to be so "definite" on the sun's >surface.
    >
    >
    At 4.30 the sun disappeared completely behind >clouds and then the local hills.
    >
    >
    So, how did others fare?
    >
    >
    Lee Martin
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