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June 5th. 2012

Venus Transits the Sun

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Viewed in the desert, Cedar City, Utah

   This will not happen again till 2117 and 2125. So this may be the only time you'll get to see this. At least in my lifetime. Watching with solar glasses was next to impossible as some type of magnification was needed to see Venus transiting across the sun.
   Of course this is a crop of the original file to show more detail. You can see sunspots as well as Venus transiting the sun. I was very happy and pretty amazed with the results. The newer digital cameras are improving daily so this shouldn't be a surprise. I think a lot of people would be amazed at what their cameras are capable of.

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Gold plated sun filter
Enter the trusty digital camera. With an equivalent zoom of 400mm and a gold plated welding filter attached to the front of the lens. A tripod was a must with a remote shutter release. Taken with these settings.
F-stop  ----  f/22
Exposure time  ----  1/1300 sec.
ISO speed  ----  ISO-100
Exposure bias  ----  0 step
Focal length  ----  200 mm
Venus Transits the Sun
   I would hope that photographs like this would get people to experiment with their equipment and try some shots at different settings and of different things that you might not normally consider taking a picture of. Our camera is not the latest technology available and yet it is capable of shots like this.
Larry Schaibley, editor
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