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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:26 pm

I'm pretty sure no planet emits its any of its own light, so a silhouette is expected regardless if it's Venus or Earth. Venus is pretty hot anyhow, IIRC its surface temperature is over 400 degree centigrade.
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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:41 am

yeah I didn't know it was happing ether would have pop out of work and looked at it with my welding mask on, would i have seen much? or do you need to zoom in on it?
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:37 am

Crna Legija wrote:yeah I didn't know it was happing ether would have pop out of work and looked at it with my welding mask on, would i have seen much? or do you need to zoom in on it?

A welding mask would have been plenty. It was plainly visible with zero magnification.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:06 pm

Typical welding masks/goggles are not adequate for looking at the sun. You'll fry your eyes.

To be safe you need a #14 filter, which few masks are equipped with (#10 is IIRC typical).
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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:14 am

I have a adjustable welding helmet that goes to 13 that would be good for a quick peep.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:13 am

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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:09 am

MrCrowley wrote:If you've got any more astronomy photos you would like to share, just chuck 'em in this thread or make a new own that other members can also post their photos in.

I for one would love to see photos of some deep-space objects taken with that setup :wink:


Believe it or not, while I've had all the parts for the rig for a few years, the Venus transit was the first time I'd ever actually used it completely assembled (ie, camera + scope). Thus, no pics on the whole.

But I plan on fixing that.

With that said... About 10 minutes ago from my back yard....
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