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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2012 3:53:16 PM
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It's not the size of your reflector ... it's what you do with it that counts :-)

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zeeglen   4/22/2012 4:33:46 AM
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Thanks for the notice. Will pull my 8" reflector out of mothballs, clean the mirror and sun filter, and hope for clear skies.

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Max The Magnificent   4/19/2012 4:17:58 PM
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What can I say -- I'm a popular guy :-)

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Schatzy   4/19/2012 4:03:39 PM
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Hey Max, It's interesting to see that your calendar is so full that you are otherwise engaged the whole month of December 2117!

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ISSET   4/11/2012 2:20:38 PM
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See the Transit of Venus with a Space Shuttle Commander in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Probably the best view and the coolest place in the world for your last ever chance to see it. See more details on http://www.isset.org/astronomy_meets_adventure/transit_of_venus.php

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SteveD_Aus   4/10/2012 6:15:30 AM
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Looking good for the east coast of Australia, although given the date we may also have cloud cover issues. Of course there is perhaps a little more significance for Australia, since the 1769 transit was observed by Captain James Cook's expedition at Tahiti before he went on with further sealed orders... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_voyage_of_James_Cook

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Max The Magnificent   4/9/2012 6:14:02 PM
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That's what happened to a lot of the old guys -- they travelled all around the world -- fought their way through jungles and incredibly hostile people (e.g. the French), only to miss the event due to clouds. Of course I'm from England -- I was 20 years old before I saw the sun :-) If you do manage to get a good picture, email it to me and I'll post it in a follow-up blog

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Duane Benson   4/9/2012 2:59:51 PM
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Here in Oregon, it looks like I'll be able to see the transit between mid-afternoon and evening on the 5th. It's time to invest in some good neutral density filters for my camera. Of course, given that this is the Pacific Northwest of the USA, chances are that it will be cloudy and I won't be able to see anything. When I was back in high school, we had a total solar eclipse here. The high school science club that I was a member of had a nice eight inch Celestron telescope. In the weeks prior to the eclipse we prepared the proper filters so we wouldn't burn our eyes, scoped out locations and got permission to miss a few hours of school. We set the telescope up that morning and waited. Waited and watched the heavy cloud cover dim. I'm guessing that is pretty much what will happen with the Venus transit.

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Max The Magnificent   4/9/2012 2:26:41 PM
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The amazing thing is that hundreds of years ago, scientists underwent incredible hardships travelling the globe to observe transits like this. Now, as noted in this column, we can all take part in a worldwide experiment using out smartphones. We truly do live in an amazing time.

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