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Member Reports from Tim DeBenedictis

Nov 11

Mercury Transit was a success!

Contrary to both my expectations and the weather forecast, the Sun rose into a clear sky here in San Francisco, for our first fog-free morning in a week! I set up my 5" Orion Maksutov-Cassegrain in Duboce Park, outside our apartment, equipped with a Baader AstroSolar filter, around 8:30 AM. The park was quiet - it's the Veterans' Day holiday here - but very soon a few people stopped by. One of them turned out to my friend Christian, who happened to be visiting from Brussels! We spotted Mercury crossing the Sun's disk quite clearly. Another friend, Aaron, stopped by... Read More...