Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

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Re: Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

Post by Harold Tutt » May 8th, 2016, 12:09 pm

I have a doctors appointment at 11:00 am after that it doesn't much matter where I go. Hell I may even have my chaufer drive me home and set up in my front yard.

But I would like to see a least some of it.

Hope to see some of you, where ??? that is the question.

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Re: Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

Post by whitestar » May 9th, 2016, 3:54 pm

Like to thank the Gentlemen at Masonville Chapters for giving me a tour of their scopes
and a look at Mercury making its journey across the face of the Sun
got to compare scopes and different solar filters

PS - thanks for the coffee Guys took the chill off

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Re: Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

Post by gaetgodi » May 9th, 2016, 6:22 pm

Mercury transit May 9, 2016. Start of 3rd contact (egress), taken at 14:38 using eyepiece projection.Taken in London Ontario, in parking lot of Indigo at Masonville. (If you get a broken link, right button on the link and select open in a new tab, that worked for me).

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Re: Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

Post by darmstrong » May 9th, 2016, 9:29 pm

Nice shot, you caught it right at the edge.

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Re: Transit of Mercury May 9th, 2016

Post by gaetgodi » May 10th, 2016, 10:21 pm

This a picture created by merging about 120 shots of the last part of the transit of Mercury. I used Gimp to merge all of the layers in "multiply" mode. This has the effect of darkening each layer before the merge (hence the blue sun). The "wobly" appearance of the path was caused by the wind (and my bumping the telescope every once in awhile). I did not to bother to manually align each layer.

I used MagicLantern with my Canon camera to take a picture every 30 seconds. Near the end, to catch the egress, I was taking a picture every 6 seconds.

Zoom in on the picture to better seen the end of the transit path. I could have used a more realistic picture of the sun and then put a line of dots across it but it would not have been "real". This was fun and a good experience. A lot of people came by and saw all our varied telescopes and were excited at being able to see the transit for themselves.
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