Transit of Venus (Full)





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Published on Jun 5, 2012

Full view (wider field of view) of the Sun starts at 4:42!

First, my apologies for the "shakes". It was windy, which also caused crud (dead grass, dust, etc) to get on my eyepiece...so there are "fake sunspots" in the video. I had planned to change eyepieces, but anything of higher power than my 40mm just made the crud landing on the eyepieces look nearly as large as Venus...

The camera is a "point and shoot" Canon Powershot G9. It is not a DSLR, which made things a little difficult. The first half of the video was recorded with a digital camera T-ring adapter built for Canon models (sold by CNC). This option was more stable, but limited the field of view. The second half was with a mounting bracket. This was less stable, but allowed a full field of view.

I also had to take breaks to unload the SD card onto the PC and to recharge the battery...I lost an hour and thirty minutes because the battery died and the file didn't save to the SD card!

In the end, though, I feel privileged to have seen this in person. Out of the billions of people in the word, how many knew about this event? Out of that number, who viewed it online? Who saw it with the naked eye? And how many stood in their front yard with their own telescope, drinking lemonade and forcing their camera to create a video? This guy did!

Telescope: Celestron NexStar 8 SE
Eyepiece: 40mm Celestron Plossl
Solar Filter: 8-inch Solar Skreen
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Adapter: Canon Digital T-Ring Adapter / Universal Camera Mounting Bracket


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