Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Transit of Venus

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The Product of the effort . . .

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The transit as seen in Hydrogen Alpha Light. Two frames from a video using a Lunt Solar Systems LS60T H-aplha telescope and a DMK41AU02.AS camera - One frame showing the prominences and one showing the chromosphere.



A video of the Sun setting behind the McMath Solar Telescope. I computed the position on the Earth where this event would take place in order to record this completely unique event. As you can see - I got my shot.



Tthe setup at home. We observed the first part of the transit from the backyard where I had setup two telescopes to record the transit beginning. The equipment is described here.



The setup at the location I computed for the sunset behind the McMath Solar Telescope.

5 comments:

Carmen said...

Hi David!
An absolutely stunning picture. No chance of watching the transit here, except on the telly, because of cloud cover. What's new.

We've also been drooling over your eclipse excellent adventure post.

Hugs, Carmen & Andy

Carmen said...

Hi David!
An absolutely stunning picture. Here it would have been impossible to watch the transit this morning because of thick cloud cover and heavy rain. What's new.

We've also been drooling over your eclipse most excellent adventure post.

Hugs, Carmen & Andy

Lynn Cameron said...

As usual, Dave, an amazing record of this event. I just love astronomical terms- the Transit of Venus sounds so poetic and timeless. Thanks for the view of it.

Dean said...

Hi Dave-
Spectacular composite over the scopes! And I hate double exposures! Suspect you will be hearing from Kitt Peak regarding reproduction rights (I pointed them towards that image)...
-Dean

David A. Harvey said...

Thanks Dean for pointing NOAO to my pic - but like you - they hate double exposures too. No deal.