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Martin Ratcliffe
Time of observation
07/06/2012 - 09:17
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I was blessed with perfectly clear skies here in Wichita KS. Four telescopes were in use, a C-14 with 3 solar filter, a 4 Televue, a small 80mm spotting scope, and the most interesting one, a 4 Cook refractor built in the 1880s, used to project the Suns image.I observed the transit directly with the C-14 until midway between first and second contact, then took some images. I went back to visual viewing, watching carefully for any unusual phenomenon around 2nd contact, and saw a pair of pincer-like extensions leading away from the solar limb along the curve of the Venusian disk. They were extremely fine, very short, and I wanted to confirm with photography. To confirm that I was not seeing things, I re-attached the Canon 60D camera and began video recording through and beyond second contact but visually at least this appears to confirm what Jay Pasachoff observed in 2004. This video is still being analyzed.
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