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To Date, such great Venus Transit Images, as they come on board I open and enjoy. :eyepop:
It would be nearly impossible to respond to all the imagers out there today, and to repeat the gestures of excellent shots and efforts. :shrug:
I would just like to say to you all, the images are just great, :thumbsup: and i have enjoyed each and everyone of them, :) I am just a bit saddened :sadeyes: that I too could not get a humble exposure.
Well done to you all.:thumbsup:
06-06-2012, 03:10 PM
I'll join you Leon.
There's going to be plethora of images about to pour in. I'm going to enjoy looking at all of them. :)
06-06-2012, 03:16 PM
This is a great thread as I just couldn't see myself responding to all the great images so I add my admiration to all
And as they come in I'm sure we will all enjoy.
06-06-2012, 04:17 PM
I agree - great images from everyone! Well done to all.
06-06-2012, 05:05 PM
All great pics.
I decided not to try and take any pics. I spent the day with the girls at my daughters school going "wow!!" when they looked at it through the intermittent breaks in the cloud. Worth more than the pics.;)
06-06-2012, 05:20 PM
I was 200% convinced last night that I would not get to see it. I'm near Traralgon where we had all the torrential rain and flooding yesterday. The cloud cover was looking pretty set in stone for today as well so I understand the way you felt. But for some reason I got lucky and the clouds parted for a couple of hours this morning and I got a look. Just happy that there are so many pics out there that can be shared with those who could not see it. :thumbsup:
06-06-2012, 05:36 PM
I did much the same at Randwick Girls' High, with Mental4Astro (Alex), assisting Hickny who is a teacher there. It was tremendous fun (thanks Peter for the opportunity) and really made my old teacher reflex work well :P.
We had very patchy weather here, with the occasional shower, and about 50% cloud, but many many pupils got a good view through 4 scopes and 2 binos.
I was pleased with the way my EQ5 rig suited the day, as it tracked the Sun and required minimum intervention except when the students got really enthusiastic :lol: It was set up for a x50 view.
I was most interested to see how many students wanted to take a photo with their mobile phones. This was something I had not even thought about, and they were really quite determined. At my scope they formed a little working party to get the technique correct, and then proceeded to capture their images.
We did not get to see the final transit over the Sun's limb, as it clouded up and rained again, so we missed the "black drop".
06-06-2012, 07:25 PM
I was much more low tech.
I used my old 120mm acro refractor on a ?EQ3 mount with a simple RA drive. The filter is a home made one using baader film I bought for the last transit. The scope was plonked down roughly facing south and I found the sun easily. The teachers brought out classes of girls in the morning but the cloud defeated me. I came back after lunch when the sky was clearer and had kids ranging from kinder to yr 12 look through it. I abandoned it about 10 mins before the end due to cloud. It is a good way to expose youngsters to astronomy.
06-06-2012, 07:56 PM
Read this thread and looked forthe " like" button on many posts...c'mon Mike you have to add that feature :)
It's great to see these images, taken with different equipment and under different conditions..obviously weather wise sme winners and losers but still people did what they could..really cool
06-06-2012, 08:10 PM
Spent the entire transit with my wife at the local Primary School after teeing it up a month or two ago with my daughters teacher.
Setup an ED80 on a HEQ5, initially planned to use a simple film filter until the glass filter from Seymour Solar in the States arrived yesterday (five days to ship, very impressed)!
Had a 2x Televue Powemate into a Canon 40D, and straight into the laptop using the Live View function of EOS Utilities. Captured still images every 15 minutes which were then launched onto an internal website to allow the kids to monitor from their classrooms. Also had PST setup on a camera tripod for teachers to view through (just a little difficult to co-ordinate kids with that).
Magnificent weather with not a cloud in the sky until around 11:30, lost about an hour with cloud then clear for the last contacts.
Around 600 kids went past the setup whilst the Live View was in action, most of whom wouldn't believe what they were seeing was live until we blocked the front end of the scope to show it was indeed live.
Fantastic day, heaps of very excited kids heading home to demand telescopes :lol:
Seems like this thread is heading in an other direction. :shrug:
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