Venus Transit from Azle TX | Mike I. Jones

Mike I. Jones
Location of photo
Azle, TX
Date/Time of photo
June 5, 2012, 5:31PM CDT
Takahashi TOA-130, Baader solar filter, Canon XSi @ ISO 100.
This was the sharpest image of well over 100 photos I took. The original photo at full camera resolution has breathtaking detail in the sunspots and calcium flocculi (the white patches on the lower side). The short exposure time plus the high sky elevation, and perhaps a little luck, were factors in the image quality. Five of us watched events I and II visually at 150X, and all exclaimed as the razor-thin arc of sunlight scattered around the back side of Venus just before event II. No camera could capture the rapidly changing subtleties of that incredible couple of minutes like the good old eye.
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