6 June 2012

Behold the Transit of Venus

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The Transit of Venus (which you should most definitely not try and look at directly if you value being able to see) is continuing until 14:44 this afternoon.

Ozhair has sent in the above picture with this note:

Just took a crack at a Venus transit pic, which I’ve attached. Details for the photo buffs are:

Transit of Venus, from the roof of Parliament House.
Canon 7D, 300mm lens, 1000th of a sec, f14, with a Fader ND filter turned up to maximum (And RAW image zoomed and cropped in Photoshop)

transit of venus

Smee has also sent this one in and explains its provenance:

Here is a pic shot on my iPhone this morning through the eyepiece of a 32cm telescope that some ANU students had setup on Childers st.

transit of venus

This one’s from Snoopydoc:

Taken from my front yard in Duffy, with a Canon 450D and an 8-inch SCT

Got one of your own taken in or around Canberra? Send it in to images@the-riotact.com (we take no responsiblity for damage you might do to your camera or eyes)

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Gungahlin Al12:13 am 07 Jun 12

Here are some more shots of the middle and egress phases:

I missed taking photos through most of the middle as I was asked to go to Harrison School to show my daughter’s class what was happening. An impromptu class about Captain Cook, planetary orbits and then looking through the telescope ended up with another class, and then the recess bell rang and two hours and 300-odd kids (and half the teachers) later…

But it was a lot of fun

All my better photos are here if JB wants to lift any:

Also a nice demonstration here of the impact of a telescope mirror flipping things upside down

Gungahlin Al12:24 pm 06 Jun 12

Here are my better ingress photos, no processing. I’m working on getting some clearer shots now but have been down at the Harrison School the last two hours showing it to about 300 kids (and a bunch of teachers) through the telescope: http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/my-transit-of-venus-ingress-photos.html

I’ve found I’m getting good pics, using the Baader solar film i got for $50. Its the equivalent of an ND5.0 filter, ie 100,000 times less light reaches the sensor of the camera.

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