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Transit of Venus, Australia, via and old tube on a birthday card

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posted on Jun, 5 2012 @ 11:48 PM
While I've seen a lot of fantastic shots here taken with some fantastic equipment, I thought I'd share our shot. No need for fancy photographic equipment! Shot was taken in central Victoria, where the sun was shining for a few hours.

Here's the method:

Take one home made telescope from the 1940's, comprising a down pipe, and a 3 inch refractor lens mounted on a block of wood, with the hood being formed out of a container of baby food possibly from WW2.

Setup said telescope on a tripod, pointed at the sun.

Place an old greeting card approx 1 foot from the eyepiece

Extend eyepiece tube until a faint image of the sun appears on the greeting card

Focus eyepiece until Venus becomes sharp

Retrieve 10 year old Lumix digital camera, and take a photo of the greeting card image while card is blowing around in the wind

As you can plainly see, no post processing applied. The rippling 'sand dune' effect on the surface of the sun is actually the grain of the cardboard on the greeting card lol.

p.s. sorry on behalf of the road-worker in the N.T. who severed the live feed cable.


edit on 5/6/2012 by outsidethesquare because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 12:02 AM
Awesome little setup there!
I like the artsy outcome!

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 12:29 AM
Exactly what i did.

Just adjusted the exposure on computer.

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 12:34 AM
reply to post by outsidethesquare

Nice pic, Here in the Uk I also had a 3min window before the cloud come. celestron astromaster 70eq and a notebook, nice view of the sunspots too. Well worth the wait, think I will give the next transit a miss

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 01:15 AM

Originally posted by Mantaray
reply to post by outsidethesquare

think I will give the next transit a miss

don't be too hasty, just see what you're doing at the time yeah? lol

Here are a few really dodgy edits i did of the original - excuse the lame editing, done with a very simple free pic-editor

edit on 6/6/2012 by outsidethesquare because: (no reason given)


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