“So you took the day off work to watch a little black dot cross the sun?” my wife asked drily. Well yes. Yes I did. OK, so I’m a little nuts. I admit it.
Just came back in after getting my first look at Mercury through a 3-inch refractor, and it was much more obvious even at low magnification that I’d thought. The pitch black, round dot was very easy to see at 27x, making me think that it could be spotted at even 15x. It would be fun to find out what the lowest magnification would be required to view it.
It’s kick seeing the planet in front of the sun because you can sense depth and imagine the space between us and the space between Mercury and the sun. Cool!
Hope you get to see it today.
UPDATE: Monday afternoon
We had a little haze in part of the country but never enough to compromise the view of the transit. Thanks to all the people who came by the planetarium for a look. Here are a few photos from the day.