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    Report on Venus Transit in UK.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Jun 8, 10:23 +0100

    Against all the odds, we have been blessed with blue skies, here near
    Oxford, UK, for the transit of Venus.
    I tried observing the Sun just with one-eye-power, using a dark-blue filter
    from an old plastic sextant, but I could not pick out the spot of Venus
    that way. Probably, it's loss of acuity in my old eye, rather than any
    defect in the filter.
    Next, I got out a cheap 8x30 prismatic monocular, which I had pushed
    through a hole in a dark piece of card to enlarge its shadow. Just
    hand-held, and focussed on another piece of card about 4 feet away; this
    showed up the transiting planet very clearly.
    Here, we are about 50 miles from Heathrow, so there's much air traffic to
    our East, some converging on the Heathrow honeypot, others flying South to
    avoid Heathrow. Occasionally a vapour trail would partially obscure the Sun
    while it was low in the sky. Now the Sun is much higher, with the transit
    more than halfway through, and there are no vapour-trail wisps across its
    While I was looking at the Sun's projected image, an aircraft passed right
    across the Sun's disc! And a couple of rooks, from our local rookery, have
    passed through the beam. Nothing more eventful than that to report,
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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