TRANSIT OF VENUS JUNE 5TH 2012 AS OBSERVED BY THE VSC-1
The time approached for the beginning of the last Venus transit during our lifetime, and both branches of the VSC stood ready to capture the event. Unfortunately, the anticipated wait at the VSC-2 here in Riverview, FL was all for naught. A mass of the clouds moving east northeast from the Gulf of Mexico engulfed nearly the entire state except for the extreme western tip of the Florida panhandle.
Despite our ill fated weather here at the VSC-2, Gary Barabino at the VSC-1 had slightly better conditions and was able to snag these great images. To his dismay though, Gary had to contend with a huge oak tree and incoming clouds in order to get these great shots; as illustrated in the last image above. Nevertheless, he did a fine job! Gary's notes on the transit are shown below.
I began to make
preparations for this historic event a few days ago, and decided that I
would use one of two instruments for the purpose of observation and
photography of the transit- the 4-inch CO-100 Vixen-built Celestron f/10
Newtonian reflector outfitted with the 4-inch Thousand Oaks glass solar
filter riding an eq-2 head and tripod, or the 4.5 inch f/10 Jaegers
built refractor mounted atop the Versa-Ped I settled on the Jaegers, and
got it ready. The scope would be set up with the Olympus Evolt 500 DSLR
attached, and the scope to be used with a 2 inch diameter Baader Solar
filter. I had to work the day of the event but would get off at 3:00 pm.
According to reports it was to begin at 5:04 LMT (New Orleans) time so I
had plenty of time to get home.
Gary Barabino Sr., VSC-1