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    My View of Venus
    From: David Edwards
    Date: 2004 Jun 8, 10:43 -0400
    My View of Venus

            Aside from sailing and celestial navigation my other passion is astronomy.  My homemade 8" newtonian reflector, which I constructed in 1963 with an Edmund Optics kit, worked wonderfully, projecting the image of the sun onto a piece of white paper.  The image was roughly 10 inches across allowing many people to view at once.  Venus appeared as a black dot about the size of a pea.  I live in North Florida and participated in this viewing event along with several other members of the Alachua Astronomy Club in Gainesville.  We started viewing at dawn, 06:28 EDT and saw almost an hour of the transit before it ended.  We had the viewing on the top floor of a parking garage on the campus of the University of Florida.    

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