Philippine Historical Astronomy, Mercury Transit, May 7, 2003
Posted on September 30, 2017
When I showed my students some of my sketches I have done during the long years I have been observing the sky, we found this old sketch of the Mercury Transit on May 7, 2003 which I drew from the Quadrangle with my Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at 63x with the 32-mm Plossl eyepiece. I could not finish the transit because of the tremendous heat. I started sketching at 12:42 pm and stopped at 3:42 because I “cannot bear the heat” according to my notes on the sketch.