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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

 

Sic Transit Venus

This is my view, after predawn clear skies. Web cams are good though.

The iTelescope SSO webcam is going well with some dropouts,
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/itelescope

The Universe Today webcam is going strong.
http://www.universetoday.com/95630/watch-the-transit-of-venus-live/

Can't currently connect to the RiAus livestream or the transit.org livestream, and astronomers without borders website has disappeared. 
http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/transven12.htm#webcams

UPDATE: The Sun is toying with me!

The transit seen from the Solar Dynamic Orbiter http://ow.ly/i/FYep/original

UPDATE: the RiAus Adelaide livestream is overwhelmed, but the Perth one should come online soon.
http://livestreaming.riaus.org.au/ 

UPDATE 9:57 am: My first (out of focus) mobile phone image  http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/mobile-phone-transit.html

SDO transit movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-4iipHgUbo

UPDATE 10:18 am: Nice picture here https://p.twimg.com/AuqrJzfCMAAm_h3.jpg

 UPDATE 10:36 am: got a few quick shots off, above is better mobile camera shot.  Projection absolutely crisp with great sunspots, camera focus is rubbish.

UPDATE 10:40 am: SDO images here http://venustransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/

RiAus Perth livestream online and looking good http://livestreaming.riaus.org.au/

UPDATE 11:47 am: Long stretch of clear sky, several pictures taken aroun mid transit, mobile phone images still disappointing despite crispness of projected image http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/venus-at-mid-transit-by-mobile.html

Apparent a backhoe has gone through the cable providing livestreaming to several sites.

UPDATE 12:38 pm: Recharging camera batteries, lots of pictures. They may not be great. UQLD has a livestream http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/public/transit/transit.php

UPDATE 12:51 pm: Clouds again, livestream from exploratorium at Manua Loa, http://virtualtelescope.bellatrixobservatory.org/webtv.html
intermittent cloud at Siding Spring

UPDATE 1:29 pm: Batteries of camera charged, downloaded this telescope view, clouds have come over again :-(

UPDATE 2:55 pm: Battled clouds and trees but saw Venus egress. Pretty amazing. Will have to sort out images and make an animation now.




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