Venus Transit 2012

posted Jun 6, 2012, 1:15 PM by James Roe
My "new" solar scope featuring my old (very) 3-in refractor outfitted with a Sun Funnel acquitted itself well during the transit of Venus across the Sun on June 5, 2012.  Wayne C. and Thane P. joined me on my front lawn in Bourbon, Missouri for the event.  Wayne video taped the event through my ETX-125 and Thane set up a double stacked PST, a 5-in Refractor with full aperture filter and a gigantic projection scheme that put a 12-in dia image some 80 feet away.  In addition to Yvonne, Marlene and Nancy, we were joined by seven "locals" who came by to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event.

I used a point and shoot camera to image the screen of the Sun Funnel.    See for yourself some selected images.  Click on images to see larger version.

 The first notch was delicate but definitely visible. Halfway in. Ink drop effect.

 General scene A young neighbor enjoys the view Just before Sunset, last chance to see Venus on the face of the Sun.