Unfortunatly, I don't think my "camera obscura" will give a big enough
image to see the dot. But I'm going to give it a try. Open-top cardboard box
with thin card with pinhole in it over a hole in end of box. Sheet of white
paper inside as a "screen." It worked great for the Eclipse.
In a message dated 6/5/2012 11:56:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:
In getting ready for tonight's Transit of Venus, I wonder if SLC
witnessed the previous pair in 1874 and 1882.
I see mention of the astronomical phenomenon in "Some Learned Fables,
for Good Old Boys and Girls" but wondered if anyone was aware of any
letter(s) in which Clemens mentioned it at the time.
I should have looked this up earlier, just as I should have bought my
#14 welder's lens last week so as not to have to run all over town at
the last minute today (sold out in most places).
All the best,