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Transit of Venus, 8 June 2004 | by 5telios
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Transit of Venus, 8 June 2004

In June of 2004, the tiny disc of Venus passed in front of the sun's disc, and I was there to capture it. I was not quite out of bed for ingress, but this is a photo from pretty close to maximum transit.


I have projected the image of the sun onto a piece of tracing paper taped to a cardboard box which is held over the eyepiece of my toy-store 600mm telescope. The image was captured on Kodak film with my Nikon Nikkormat EL with a 50mm f/1.4 AIS Nikkor lens. Just visible is the hubcap of my fiat cinquecento (1990s model). The image was then scanned at the photolab and heavily resized for storing on an external disc-drive. If I find the original CV, I will replace the image with a larger one.


I am gearing up for next month's repeat!


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Taken on June 8, 2004