From Silvia J KOWOLLIK
® . . . . . . . . .Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 01:17:15 +0100
Subject: Cooperation Venus Transit?
Could you help me finding an cooperation partner for observing the Venus Transit this year?
know, that sun is close to the horizon in
now, I have only 1 positive answer from
® . . . . . . . . .Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 19:09:10 +0100
Subject: Re: Cooperation Venustransit?
> Thank you for your inquiry (about some possible cooperated observation of
> the Venus Transit). The first contact occurs here around 14:12 JST (local
> time), and therefore the 3rd and 4th contacts cannot be seen from here.
ok, then it makes no sense to calculate the distance to Sun. We need the Times of all 4 Contacts for that. But we can calculate Earth Diameter with the times of fist and second Contact + Coordinates of the Telescope. That can be done by the younger one kids...
> 14:12 JST=5:12 GMT. Your place seems to be 2
> so it implies around 7:12 local time when the Sun may be too low?
we have free horizon to eastern, so it will be no Problem, the sun is about 2 hours over the horizon here at first contact...
> Anyway much attention to the first contact and the problem of black drop
> around the second contact will be paid here, and if you or your youth
> group want to cooperate, I will look for some candidates.
that would be great! Yes, we will also look for the "Drop-Phenomena"...
> So I would be thankful if you could send us a more concrete plan.
> If it is a printed paper (if in Deutsch), please send it to my address
> Dr. Masatsugu MINAMI,
> 3-6-74 Midori-ga-Oka,
We are looking for partners all over the world, so I will translate our Paper into English. This needs some time.
> I will join the OAA Meeting at
> April, and so there I may directly contact some
> place where the American and French expedition troops made camps in 1874
> to observe the Venus Transit.
You will get the paper early enough. Last week I showed a Film about the different expeditions and how the Astronomers calculated the distance. The kids are very excited about the chance, to see the Transit and do that historic calculation...
> I should like to write in advance some problems that are annoying here:
> 1) 8 June is inside the rainy season here, and it is not probable for us
> to be able to observe fully.
We have no “rainy season”, but weather is also a problem to us! Last year at Mercury Transit we had thick fog in the morning, and at the particular eclipse we had clouds the first 10 minutes...
> 2) A lot of observatories here will try to point their telescopes to
> Venus, while I suppose there will be only a few observatories that
> intend to make real observation. Mostly open to the public, and no
> true observation may be done.
This is the reason, why we are looking for some single Persons observing the Sun, private Observers maybe can record with a Voice recorder or by a Camcorder with tone for time signal...
I will observe the Transit with my youth group 120 km away from Stuttgart on a region called "Schwäische Alb", that’s an limestone highland with better seeing conditions and good view to all directions. We also will record the time signal with a camcorder...
> 3) A lot of amateurs will move to more westward countries just to
> take pictures with smaller telescopes.
I also try to take pictures with low Equipment.
> By these reasons, I am afraid it may be difficult to find any
> appropriate observatory to cooperate with your youth group.
I know, it will be not easy, thanks for your offer to help.
Silvia KOWOLLIK (