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Transit of Venus 2


Venus transit [UK, 10:53:39am UT Tue 8 Jun 2004; Olympus C4040Z digicam]

Nick Bailey used a solar filter for this spectacular shot of the Venus transit; although the sun was very 'quiet' for this event, near the centre you can see a small group of sunspots. Nick writes:

The BC&F solar filter is really good and, as you'll see from the pics, works well.

Mine is 70mm as I use it off axis on my 200mm Newtonian with BC&F's focus-master. I'm sure you can get larger diameters that fit the larger ETX range from Meade.

Incidently, my Newtonian is mounted on a Vixen GP mount that I converted to Goto with Meade DS motors and AutoStar. Works very well, and didn't cost and arm and leg. Tracked the Sun throughout the transit with only minor adjustment, mainly caused by rough alignment only.

EXIF data produced by EXIFinfo

Taken : 10:53:39am Tue 8 Jun 2004
Camera : C4040Z
Size : 2272 x 1704 pixels
Filesize : 450 Kbytes
 shooting information
Exposure : 1/500 sec at ISO100
f : 3.20
Focal length : 7.30mm
Bias : 0
Program : Normal
Metering : Pattern
Flash : Not fired
Orientation : x0,y0=left,top
Compression : 2
 olympus information
JPEG quality : SQ
Special mode : Normal
Macro : Off
Digital zoom : 1
Software : SX55
PictureInfo : [pictureInfo] Resolution=1 [Camera Info] Type=SX552

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