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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,

The Universe Today webcam is going strong.

Can't currently connect to the RiAus livestream or the transit.org livestream, and astronomers without borders website has disappeared. 

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.

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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