Transit of Venus 2012

6 June 2012

 

 

UTC = 03:32 to 03:46: Sunrise is at UTC = 03:36. Anxious wait - But YES, the sun will shine through the haze!

 

 

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UTC = 03:47 to 03:53: Struggling our way over buildings and through chnimey smoke and haze.

 

 

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UTC = 04:12 to 04:30: Clear at last - - - well, mostly.

 

 

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UTC = 04:16: Actually, a very promising morning.

 

 

 

 

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UTC = 05:37 to 05:45: Egress interior and halfway towards egress exterior.

 

 

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UTC = 05:55 and beyond: Egress exterior and and it's all over (until 2117).

 

 

 

 

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Note the beginning darkening of the top of the Sun in image #13: Soon after haze, and shortly after alos clouds, began to build up. Once in a while even an astrophotographer may feel lucky!!!

 

Images were taken out of a 4th floor kitchen window (N55.768528, E12.506663, h=41m) in the midst of a city. Not an ideal position for solar photography, but at least with a decent, reasonably unobstructed view.

 

Images 1and 2 were taken with a Pentax K200D and a Tamron Adaptall-2 200mm f/3.5 lens (Model 04B). Image #9 was taken with the K200D and an smc Pentax-DA 18-135mm f/3.5 lens.

 

The other images were taken with a Pentax K-5 and a Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 300mm f/5.6 (Model 54B) lens plus a Tamron SP F-series 2X teleconverter. This setup was mounted on a Meade LXD75 equatorial mount (hence, the tilted horizon). The filter used (no filter used for image #3) was Thousand Oaks R-G Solar Film.

 

 
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