Monday, May 09, 2016

Transit of Mercury

I have been watching the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun today through a commercial solar telescope.

(Never ever look at the sun with the naked eye, binoculars or telescope or try to photograph it using a home made filter. You will cause severe irreversible damage to your eyes and your camera.)

The attached photograph was taken through professionally manufactured solar film material.

It was handheld so is a little blurred but you can see the tiny dot which is the planet Mercury.

 The blurred dot above the r of the word Mercury is a sun spot.

Sunday, May 08, 2016


I looked out of an upstairs window at 10.20 this evening just in time to see a large hedgehog trundling across the garden.
This is good news as we didn't have any sightings last year.