Venus Transit

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Dan Finnerty Contributing Member • Posts: 884
Venus Transit

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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AnthonyL Senior Member • Posts: 2,102
Re: Venus Transit

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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imqqmi MOD Veteran Member • Posts: 8,624
Re: Venus Transit

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.

Dan Finnerty wrote:

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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Y0GI Veteran Member • Posts: 5,228
Re: Venus Transit

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

Dan Finnerty wrote:

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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Oilman
Oilman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,293
Here's Mine

Venus Transit - Houston Texas

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One More

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Dan Finnerty OP Contributing Member • Posts: 884
Re: Venus Transit

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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Re: One More

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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pixelationX Regular Member • Posts: 458
Re: One More

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

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Oilman
Oilman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,293
Thanks Dan

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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Clouded out here

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

Flying Fish Veteran Member • Posts: 4,473
You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway

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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Oilman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,293
They look darn good to me; nt
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Flying Fish Veteran Member • Posts: 4,473
Re: They look darn good to me; nt

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

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jrfcomet New Member • Posts: 12
Re: You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway

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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Messiah Complex Regular Member • Posts: 133
Re: You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway

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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jp4 Contributing Member • Posts: 740
Re: You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway

Dan,
Some guy beat you to it on the Canon SLR Lens forum

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imqqmi MOD Veteran Member • Posts: 8,624
Re: Venus Transit

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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Flying Fish Veteran Member • Posts: 4,473
Re: You guys put me to shame, but here goes anyway

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?

FF

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Y0GI Veteran Member • Posts: 5,228
Re: One More

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