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Venus transit 2012
SpaceEngineerDate: Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 13:12 | Message # 1
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I was with my friends and had observed the final stages of the Venus transit (in saint-Petersburg the Sun had risen with Venus already on it). Some clouds tried to prevent our observations, however the weather was good. I saw the 'contact' of Venus with the solar disk, and also its leaving phase, but I hadn't seen the the venusian atmosphere glow (which was discovered by Mikhail Lomonosov back in 1761). I feel slightly disappointed smile I also got to see Venus through a welding filter with the naked eye, without any optics. It looked like a small black dot on the Sun's surface.

Here are several photos and video, captured by digital camera through a 10-inch telescope:









Feel free to post here your own photos and videos of these event!

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Elbarto84Date: Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 13:32 | Message # 2
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Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately i couldn't see this almost once in a lifetime experience =( (live on the southern hemisphere) I like all 3 photographs. Even the clouds in the second and third photos add something cool and unique to it.. looks almost like a gas giant in the last picture biggrin

Edited by Elbarto84 - Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 13:32
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 14:03 | Message # 3
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Wonderful pictures SpaceEngineer! I too could not see it since it was too cloudy where I live sad But I shall live vicariously through pictures like yours smile




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apenpaapDate: Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 14:15 | Message # 4
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Unfortunately it was very cloudy in the morning, and so I could not see it myself. But I followed streams of it all night. And I saw the 2004 one through eclipse glasses.




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TalismanDate: Wednesday, 06.06.2012, 17:19 | Message # 5
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Impressive! Unfortunately I don't have a solar filter for my 8 Inch telescope so I was only able to glance at it like I mentioned in a different thread:
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I naked eye viewed the sun for 1.5 seconds this afternoon, some of the light from venus must have reached my retinas so technical I didn't miss it.





 
SpaceEngineerDate: Thursday, 07.06.2012, 07:24 | Message # 6
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Unfortunately I don't have a solar filter for my 8 Inch telescope

But you could use a white paper sheet placed behind the ocular to make a projection on to it.

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apenpaapDate: Thursday, 07.06.2012, 11:08 | Message # 7
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^Considering Google says 8 inches is 20 cm, I'd say that's a bad idea. surprised Catching that much light in a telescope to be bounced around and focused can heat the telescope up terribly and damage it. I know my own 15 cm telescope comes with loads of warnings never to project the Sun with it, but to use a solar filter instead.




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