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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:51 PM

Mercury Transit: 2019 Nov 11

Starts at about 7:35 am EST tomorrow. Ends about 1:04 pm EST.

Good luck to any viewing it tomorrow. Looks like most of the Great Lakes and Midwest will be clouded out.

The Southeast appears to be the best chance for observing it.

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Reply Mercury Transit: 2019 Nov 11 (Original post)
roamer65 Nov 10 OP
yonder Nov 10 #1
roamer65 Nov 10 #2
VarryOn Nov 10 #3
Talitha Nov 11 #4
roamer65 Nov 11 #5
Talitha Nov 11 #6
roamer65 Nov 11 #7
Talitha Nov 11 #8
roamer65 Nov 11 #9

Response to roamer65 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:58 PM

1. Thanks. If it's cloud free I may take the theodolite out

and give it a go.

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Response to yonder (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:00 PM

2. I'd hafta drive about 600 miles for a good shot at it.

Since I got to watch the entirety of the May 2016 one, Im sitting this one out.

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Response to roamer65 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:07 PM

3. Unfortunately, it's going to be rainy here tomorrow nt

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Response to roamer65 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:37 AM

4. I caught the entire 2016 transit and got some nice pics, too.

Hopefully the clouds will open up a bit tomorrow.
I've been addicted to astronomy for decades already...
might as well keep going till I can't manage it anymore.

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Response to Talitha (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:43 AM

5. Not looking good in MI.

Winter weather advisory.

I lucked out on 5 June 2012 and 5 May 2016.

Skies in 2012 cleared completely for me during the Venus transit from ingress all the way to sunset. 2016 was clear as well. This one appears it will be a dud.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:59 AM

6. I was very lucky to catch bits of both Venus transits from home.

For tomorrow though, one weather site says my (northcentral WI) cloud cover will be 88% at mid-transit - another site says 46%. So I'll set up the telescope on the deck anyway, and keep checking the sky every 10 minutes. You never know.

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Response to Talitha (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:01 AM

7. Very true.

Good luck!

The next event on my calendar is 10 June 2021.

Id like to see if I can see the annular part of that solar eclipse from northern Ontario or Quebec.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:14 AM

8. Hello Mercury!

Got my first visual at 8:40 am through a break in the clouds, using 11x70 binoculars and eclipse glasses. Sure am glad there's no sunspots to confuse the view. Mercury is VERY tiny and I wasn't sure the binoculars would pull it in, but there it was... a little black pinhead. Looks like the sky is clearing from the west - I might go out to the astroshed and set up the telescope.

Good luck with the annular eclipse next year!

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Response to Talitha (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:39 AM

9. I'm watching it on you tube.

The person is doing a great job.

Yeah its small. Cheap knock off of a Venus transit...lol.

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