Part 2: Transit of Venus
June 5th, 2012, a little over 2 weeks after the solar eclipse, Venus passed in front of the sun during what is called the Transit of Venus.
Lessons Learned from the Solar Eclipse:
1. I did learn at least one of my lessons from last time. I went out to get the pretty cheap glasses ($1) to watch the Transit.
2. Camera's were a plenty and iPod was fully charged.
The failure of capturing the solar eclipse drove me to do better this time. The problem though, was that the Transit provided a much smaller target to photograph. Luckily though we had a much sunnier day and was able to see the sun for most of the period of transit.
|View of the sun from the car at the lake.|
|My wife using the paper eclipse glasses.|
|View of the Transit through the glasses as photographed by my iPod Touch. The sun is partially eclipsed by some clouds.|
|Another photo of the Transit as photographed with my iPod Touch pressed up against the glasses after the clouds had passed.|
Well we headed back to the house since we didn't know of anyway to capture it well. But I wasn't giving up. The next thing I tried was to use my Aluminum Foil pinhole projection from the Solar Eclipse (pictured in the previous post).
|Pinhole projection attempt.|
The next and last attempt was to try and take a picture with our DSLR through the glasses and hope it didn't damage anything. The first picture I took was just trying it out without a filter and since I didn't have an extreme zoom I felt I wouldn't have any problem damaging the camera.
|Picture of the sun without a filter. Running out of time as the sun sets behind the house and the clouds.|
After taking several photos I think I might have captured it but I still can't be sure. I don't remember where Venus was at the time so I can't be sure that the darker pixel represent it and aren't just darker pixels.
|View of the Transit taken with a DSLR through cheap eclipse glasses. Venus is possibly near the right edge of the sun.|
|Another picture of the sun zoomed in a bit. I don't think that Venus is visible in this one.|
Next time, though, as mentioned in the last post, I will be better prepared. Perhaps obtaining an eclipse lens would be the best bet. But I will also try out the ideas that were mentioned in the comments to get a range of results.