Venus transit

In anticipation of this rare we headed on an higher local hill with a clear view to the east, as the event was already towards the end at the sun rise. We had seven telescopes ready to observe and photograph the transit, but unfortunately the clouds and fog had other plans and blocked our view for the whole time. This was also announced as public observation which brought around 100 people on the place.
It looks like we will have to wait a few years until 2117 for a new opportunity to catch it.

Telescopes with solar filters attached waiting hopelessly for the Sun to appear.

Mars opposition 2012

Mars is again moving to opposition, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west on the 3rd of March 2012. Opposition will occur at 20:35 UT. Mars will have a visual magnitude of -1.23, a size of about 13.9 arcseconds and will be about 0.67 AU away from Earth. At opposition, it will be at coordinates (J2000) 11h06m, +10°21′ in the constellation of Leo. Waxing gibbous Moon will be about 40° to the west of Mars so scattered light could affect your observing.

Few days ago the skies were clear and I took some pictures when it was at highest point in the sky.

Taken on 29 February 2012 23:45 UT, using spc900 and 2xBarlow lens.