Venus Transit Report

TAA members waiting for Transit.

June 5th’s Venus Transit was very exciting, memorable and most of all fun. Tom Login made arrangements with the Lindcove Research Center to use their property for our observing location for this  event. The location was perfect. We were on a small hill overlooking the valley free from trees and buildings. The weather was perfect except for the clouds building up in the north, against the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Mark Dynge was the first to spot Venus entering the disk of the sun about 3:20 pm. We were all amazed at how big Venus looked. We were expecting to see a very small dot traveling across the face of the sun. At one point, we had a big cloud obscuring our view of the sun. The sun looked really erie with the clouds in front. We could see, what looked like waves, washing across the suns image. The clouds cleared after about 15 minutes. We observed the transit for about two hours.

Equipment Used:
Mead/Coronado Solarmax II telescope
Celestron Nexsttar 11 with solar filter and Binoviewers.
Orion ST80 with a 10mm eyepiece attached to a projection tube.
Hand held Cannon Power Shot S515 8.0 mega pixel with 12X optical zoom

I took pictures of the transit two ways. First, I placed one side of a pair of solar eclipse glasses over the camera lens and zoomed in about 38X. This worked pretty well but was frustrating because it was hard to get a good focus on the sun. Keeping it centered was very difficult. The second technique was a lot easier and I think worked better. I simply aimed the camera at the projecting tube attached to the ST80. The picture had not color but you can see the sunspots and Venus in the pictures.

Mark and his Solar Max ll

Butch looking through Greg’s Nexstar 11

Clouds building up to the north.

Mark showing a visitor the transit.

Nexstar 11 with ST80 and projection tub attached.

Venus starts entry

Beginning of transit

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Greg Eckes

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I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.

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