Venus Transit

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Dan Finnerty
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Venus Transit
Jun 6, 2012

What, no Venus Transit photos posted? What are you people, artists or something?

Too busy with work to set up a nice time lapse of the Venus Transit today, but did manage a few quick snaps after work. Here is the best of the bunch. Atmosphere was extremely turbulent, strong gusty winds over the desert and aloft. Venus had all kinds of funny shapes and peculiar bulges except for a few out of the two dozen shots I ripped off to try to get one or two lucky shots.

Taken with T3i, 70-300L IS lens, 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 100, handheld.

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In reply to Dan Finnerty, Jun 6, 2012

Dan Finnerty wrote:

What, no Venus Transit photos posted? What are you people, artists or something?

My cloud penetration filter failed at the crucial moment. Just discovered the guarantee is worthless. I'll get a better one for next time but well done you.

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In reply to Dan Finnerty, Jun 6, 2012

Excellent shot Dan! Did you use some kind of filter to make the sun spots show?

We've had clouds all night and morning I'm planning on my next reincarnation to shoot the transit in 2117-or-something with a 7D mk 40 2GigaPix camera From a space ship of course.

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What, no Venus Transit photos posted? What are you people, artists or something?

Too busy with work to set up a nice time lapse of the Venus Transit today, but did manage a few quick snaps after work. Here is the best of the bunch. Atmosphere was extremely turbulent, strong gusty winds over the desert and aloft. Venus had all kinds of funny shapes and peculiar bulges except for a few out of the two dozen shots I ripped off to try to get one or two lucky shots.

Taken with T3i, 70-300L IS lens, 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 100, handheld.

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Beautiful shot, Dan, and handheld! Way to go! Congrats!

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What, no Venus Transit photos posted? What are you people, artists or something?

Too busy with work to set up a nice time lapse of the Venus Transit today, but did manage a few quick snaps after work. Here is the best of the bunch. Atmosphere was extremely turbulent, strong gusty winds over the desert and aloft. Venus had all kinds of funny shapes and peculiar bulges except for a few out of the two dozen shots I ripped off to try to get one or two lucky shots.

Taken with T3i, 70-300L IS lens, 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 100, handheld.

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Venus Transit - Houston Texas

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The first camera bag you buy is always too small

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Nothing special, standard solar film filter for my telescope. I just held it up in front of the lens and braced myself against a tree trunk. Sunspots are easy (if there are any). The dramatic shots that show solar prominences and complex features are Hydrogen-alpha narrow band filters and they cost as much as an L lens. Someday...

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Like them both, well done. I particularly like the second shot, it is "artsy" Tells a story beyond a nice documentation shot.

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Great shots guys, I didnt have the right filter to shoot this amazing event

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My son and I went to a nearby park and set up both a telescope with a sun filter ( I have an older 8" Celestron SCT) and my camera with both of my ND filters. Unfortuatnely I do not have an adapter to fit the camera to my scope. Between the eclipse and the Venus Transit it has been a pretty exciting month for astronomical observations.

BTW your picture was excellent as well.
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In reply to Dan Finnerty, Jun 6, 2012

Thick clouds and a very limited viewing time allowed me only a few quick images. At least the entertainment for the crowd was successful.

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You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway
In reply to Dan Finnerty, Jun 6, 2012

Great shots, especially Dan's! Lots of clouds from New England through the mid-Atlantic but I was able to find and chase a patch of blue sky driving down I-95 in MD at just the right time. T2i with 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS and a 400 mm f/5.6L through a Thousand Oaks filter. The IS on the kit lens compensated for the better optics of the 400 L lens for this application, since it was handheld.

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They look darn good to me; nt
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In reply to Oilman, Jun 6, 2012

Thanks, Oilman. But yours and Dan's have better contrast and much better sunspot detail....

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Re: You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway
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Here is mine taken with a Canon T2i with a composite exposure of 1/2 sec and 1/320 sec through a Coranado PST solar scope.

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Already posted in the Show Your Snaps thread, but here's mine again.

I wish it was sharper, but haze, wind, and inexperience took their toll
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Dan,
Some guy beat you to it on the Canon SLR Lens forum

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Dan Finnerty wrote:

Nothing special, standard solar film filter for my telescope. I just held it up in front of the lens and braced myself against a tree trunk. Sunspots are easy (if there are any). The dramatic shots that show solar prominences and complex features are Hydrogen-alpha narrow band filters and they cost as much as an L lens. Someday...

Thanks for the details Dan! I'll lookup what a standard solar filter does. Now that you mention it I've read about those Hydro-alpha filters, the effect is very good indeed but as you said it's really expensive.

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Now you're just showing off!

Great shot. I think your equipment is more than a few extra dollars over the camera and lens, right?

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Great shots, Oilman! Especially 'One More'. Looks like something from the 'Twilight Zone'!
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