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Transit of Venus

CaptainBlack

Well-known member
Jan 26, 2012
890
As you may know there was a transit of Venus on the 5/6th of June. The Sun rose here at ~04:40 BST with the transit in progress, however at that time there was cloud on the Eastern horizon to an elevation of 10-20 degrees, so no chance of seeing the transit. Just before leaving for work at about 05:45 BST the cloud started to clear and I grabed the full apperture solar filter off of the 70mm refractor and my camera and rushed over the road to where the Sun was visible and snapped some pictures through the filter, as far as I could see there was nothing to be seen of Venus, but on "enhancing" the pixs (mainly gamma adjustment) I found:

Transit 2012 2.pngTransit 2012 1.png

Venus (I presume) is the tiny notch on the edge of the Sun in the top right of the images.

The Sun was gone within minutes of snapping the pixs.

For comparison here is the best pix from the previous transit in 2004, taken with a more primitive camera but through the 70mm refractor (stopped down to ~25mm apperture and with clear skies, and less processing):

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CB
 
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Jayden

New member
Jun 6, 2012
21
Don't worry guys. If you missed it, just wait another 100 years.
 

CaptainBlack

Well-known member
Jan 26, 2012
890
Don't worry guys. If you missed it, just wait another 100 years.
Missing it both times (2004 and 2012) begins to look like carelessness (Sun).......(Sun) (Nerd)

CB