Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

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Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 10:49 am

Fortunately the good weather forecasted has materialised - for once. :D
I'll put up some photos here during the day. If anyone else wants to put up their comments or photos here please feel free to do so.

A bit of a cheat to begin with. This is a photo of the sun showing the position of Mercury at 0936 UT this morning - I put the dot in myself, because it isn't possible to photograph it at the moment..

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 11:30 am

While I'm waiting this is AR2542 - the only largish sunspot visible today.
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A couple of wispy clouds now appearing in the sky - but not worrying me at the moment.
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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 12:30 pm

EDIT: replacing initial unprocessed images

Mercury from first appearance to 'second contact'.

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 12:43 pm

Another photo showing Mercury in transit.

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 12:47 pm

And one showing Mercury and the sun's disk

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 1:25 pm

Mercury at 1212UT. I've been able to stack more images on this one (350) and stacked 18

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 2:24 pm

This afternoon I set up my old 40mm refractor - my original telescope of 45 years ago.
I was able to project the image of the sun on to a piece of card. By putting another piece of card around the top of the telescope I was able to shadow the projection card to give a brighter image.
I then took a photo using a compact camera.
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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 4:20 pm

The sky is getting a little hazy now, but it isn't affecting the images too much.
Unfortunately the sun will go behind some trees in about an hour or so.

Here is the progress of Mercury at 1456 UT. This is back to the images through the main telescope

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby Aratus » Mon May 09, 2016 6:04 pm

My last shot before it went into the trees at 1605 UT
There is still about 2 hours to go before Mercury's transit finishes
I really can't complain because it could so easily have been clouded out, and I've had 5 hours uninterupted observing..

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Re: Mercury Transit - 9th May 2016

Postby andrewscomputers » Mon May 09, 2016 7:14 pm

Hi Aratus I like the pictures and I was out there from12.00pm till about 3.00pm before the clouds come over.I managed to take quite a few photos and videos of the event but have got to sort them out before posting. :D
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