Transit of Venus - 8th June 2004

Perfect conditions throughout. All times in GMT. Add one hour for BST.

04:30 NW corner of Wormwood Scrubs. Sun about 10° above horizon. Few wispy clouds. Heavy dew. Early mist dispersed
05:20 Soon after first contact. Clear blip seen. Bigger than expected.
05:25 View through 70mm refractor with solar filter in front of objective. Two small sunspots can be seen near the centre of the sun.
05:50 Soon after second contact
09:00 Now in Sevenoaks
11:04:20 Third contact. Very little black-drop effect.
11:23:42 Fourth contact.