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Published on Jun 9, 2012

Shot with Olympus SZ-10. Sorry about the bad tripod, it's a cheapo (nine bux) and "snaps" when you try to move it. I held a welder's glass over the lens most of the video, you can see when it slips off from time to time.

I live in Elmira, New York. To insure good weather I drove to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, but noticed it was clearer to the south. I ended up at Presque Isle state park, in front of the light house on the beach.

Weather turned out perfect, and I was able to film the whole sunset down to the horizon. In another, earlier video some sun spots are visible. (for some reason none of them showed on any of the stills I took, which I will post on flickr)

I literally waited all my life for this event, I wasn't about to miss it due to the weather. I was prepared to go as far as necessary to see it. I was lucky that it was clear over the lakes. (Ontario was clear, but the event wouldn't have been over the water) I'm usually not so lucky, but only having to go just under 200 miles was great luck indeed.

On the way home I thought about things such as does a transit ever occur at the same time as a total solar eclipse? The next day, checking the news on techrepublic dot com someone posted a link to the wikipedia page for transit of Venus, which as fascinating stats on just that question and similar:

If anyone else has transit video, please post the link in the comments. This is a somewhat odd-ball topic, anyone searching for it might appreciate handy links to other content.

PS- I eventually gave up trying to move the tripod to keep the sun in the video and instead pushed the legs down farther into the sand for 'tracking.' A videographer I am not...


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