Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Venus Transit 2012

Venus Transit time, kiddies! Don't forget your solar goggles. Good times, good times!
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Just setting up here. To get an alignment started, I just roughly pointed the scope northward at an angle about what our latitude is. Then I hit the gas. It tracked pretty well.
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This is the Seymour Solar filter for the end of our 80mm Orion telescope. It's a glass-type, like a welder would use.
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Your friendly neighborhood Underground Carpenter, looking through the camera's viewfinder. Photo by the lovely and talented Mrs. UC.
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Surprisingly, I could see Venus with my naked eyes, peering through a welder's glass. Photo by Mrs. UC.
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OK campers, its on! Here Venus is just starting its transit. Using the Orion 80mm scope as a prime-focus lens (and a 2X barlow at the camera adapter), Mrs. UC shot all these transit pics with her Nikon D300. ISO of 200 and a shutter speed of 1/200 second.
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18 minutes from first appearance, Venus is fully inside the Sun's circle.
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This is about an hour in. The scope's motors were tracking pretty well, but we still had to make minor adjustments every so often.
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Almost halfway through its transit. With triple-digit temps and a gusty wind, Mrs. UC and I called it quits at this point.

Posted by Dave

6 comments:

  1. Cool! And we're still here to yak about it : ) On a side note, sure is a good illustration of just how teeny and insignificant we all are, eh?

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    1. Hi Craig,

      Yep. Kinda like fleas exploring a large dog.

      Dave

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    1. Hi Tam,

      Thanks. Lots of excitement in the sky, especially these last two weeks.

      Dave

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  3. Ok Dave so ya weren't totally slacking! Cool pics as always.You know a lot of us wouldn't get to see all this cool stuff in the sky if weren't for you and the Mrs! Thanks!!

    China
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    1. Hi China,

      Yer welcome. And thanks for your kind words.

      Dave

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