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Venus Transit of 2012

Sunset of June 5, 2012

Princeton NJ


Click here for a simulated transit as viewed from Sydney Australia and Anchorage Alaska.


From a stack of eight 2-second images taken at 6:26pm EDT using my 3.5" Questar and a Baader solar filter (false color).

Full-frame quarter-sized picture


Cropped full-sized picture


Note: Click on either image for full-frame full-sized pictures (it's BIG).


The Crowd Gathers

Credit: Dan Sirbu

The Sky Looks Ominous (click on image for Satelite image from 6:35pm)

Credit: Dan Sirbu

The Equipment Is Ready (taken during a brief moment of sunshine)

Credit: Dan Sirbu

The Crowd Looks On

Credit: Dan Sirbu

Eventually, The Sun Sets

Credit: Tyler Groff (no relation to the Unix command)


HERE'S SOME INDIVIDUAL PICTURES TAKEN WITH MY QUESTAR

Stack of eight 2-second images taken at 6:26pm EDT.

Cropped full-sized picture


Full-frame quarter-sized picture


Note: Click on either image for full-frame full-sized pictures (it's BIG).


Best Single Shots

6:08pm

6:08pm

6:10pm

6:19pm

6:19pm

6:25pm

6:26pm

6:50pm

6:51pm


Pre-Transit Test Images


Short video taken at 8:17am on June 3, 2012.
Angular separation from Sun: 4.04 degrees.
3.5" Questar w/ Canon 450D DSLR at axial port.

Video captured with Eos_movrec. Best 1484 frames from 3000.

Lighter

Darker



Short video taken at 1:19pm on June 2, 2012.
Angular separation from Sun: 5.33 degrees.
3.5" Questar w/ Canon 450D DSLR at axial port.

Video captured with Eos_movrec. Best 170 frames from 334.
Clouds passing through.


Here's the video

Video of Venus with clouds passing by taken at 4:07pm EDT, May 31, 2012.

Just Venus by herself taken two minutes before the clouds arrived:
Move mouse over image to see full extent of the crescent.




Montage of two images taken midday on May 28, 2012.
True angular separation: 13.03 degrees.
3.5" Questar w/ Canon 450D DSLR at axial port.

Sun (w/ Baader solar filter): 12:51 EDT. Exposure = 1/80 sec at ISO 100.
Venus: 13:35 EDT. Eos_movrec best 181 frames from several hundred.


Just Venus by herself (full-size):



15:30 EDT, May 19, 2012.
3.5" Questar w/ Canon 450D DSLR at axial port.
Exposure = 1/160 sec at ISO 100.

Click on image for full-size version.



10:28am EDT, May 19, 2012.
3.5" Questar w/ Canon 450D DSLR at axial port.

Move mouse over image for closeups of sunspots.


Click here for full-size image (4 Mb).


19:30 EDT, May 17, 2012.
3.5" Questar w/ ToUcam at axial port.


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