TRANSIT OF MERCURY 2006 PHOTOS BY THE VSC

 

Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1449 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1450 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1450-2 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1507 EST
Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1508 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1559 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1559-3 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1559-4 EST
Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 at 1604 EST Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 VAO1

Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 VAO2

Transit of Mercury Photo -- 11/08/2006 VAO3

                                                                                    

 

Despite challenging brisk winds here in the Riverview, FL area, I was able to capture a number of acceptable photos of the  2006 Mercury Transit. My colleague Gary Barabino also managed to take a few photos of the transit using his 76mm f/6.3 Jason Comet Catcher using a 25mm Plossl ocular in conjunction with his Gateway DC-T50 Digital Camera hand-held to the eyepiece.  They appear in green above. To capture my photos, I used my 90mm f/11 Refractor with a 40mm Plossl together with my newly construction Universal Camera Adapter to hold the camera (Olympus SP-500UZ Digital Camera [f/3.3, 1/600 sec, ISO 100]) to the eyepiece. To reduce the Sun's fearsome rays, I used a Baader AstroSolar visual solar filter with a 2.750" aperture in a home-made cardboard cell. For an enlarged view, please click on each image above. We hope you all had the grand and rare opportunity of witnessing this awesome astronomical event. And if you took some photos, please share them with us by sending them to our email address at:

vsc-astronomers@vega-sky-center.com