|Transit of Mercury & Sundog - Nov 8, 2006
Sky Clock looked really good for Victoria this morning so off I went. I got
half way up the Malahat when Joanne gave me the bad news. Clear Sky Clock
for Victoria is now looking dismal.
But Tofino looks good.....Ok, where else looks good I ask? Nanaimo�s not
bad, Ok U-Turn on the Malahat and high tail it for Nanaimo. Looking good,
clear sky on the horizon, clear sky on the horizon................North East
horizon that is...Past Nanaimo, blue sky above (as predicted) Sun in a cloud
Turn around at Nanoose Bay .. go to Home Depot. Might as well not waste the
trip. Out of Home Depot and the sky breaks a bit...stop at Nanaimo park way
rest stop. I got about two hours of sucker holes and some very good views of
Mercury...Yes. I am happy .
Attempted photos ...more clouds and no luck..Ever try to focus on a cloud?
100% clouds at 2pm so I clean up...just closed the back of the truck with
the last item packed away and I see my shadow...Pull out the small refractor
and camera tripod ...fluffy clouds replaced by high haze...Oh well made for
a nice Sun Dog.
All in All I had a great day and am so pleased that I did see Mercury.
Sun Dog , Canon G2 hand held.
Sun, SunSpot and Mercury (just barely) Canon G2, 8� Maksutov, Eq6
Although Brian's business is Island Eyepiece and
these photos were taken without a telescope, using his Canon C2 digital camera.