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Uploaded 7-Jun-12
Taken 5-Jun-12
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Dimensions800 x 649
Original file size131 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken5-Jun-12 15:11
Date modified7-Jun-12 14:27
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D
Focal length400 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/3200 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Transit of Venus - ingress

Transit of Venus - ingress

Date/Time: June 5, 2012 3:11PM PDT

Location: My home, Victoria, BC, Canada

A Transit of Venus is a very rare celestial event, and this one was the last opportunity for me to observe this apparition in my lifetime. The weather in Victoria cooperated, and I successfully observed and imaged this amazing alignment of the Sun, Venus and Earth.

Not only did I photograph this event, I also visually observed using my Celestron 9x63 Ultima binoculars fitted with Thousand Oaks black polymer solar filters.

I observed virtually the whole event, except the last few minutes or so when the Sun set just before the event finished.

This event is probably the most-photographed and well-covered astronomical event in my lifetime.

Equipment: Canon EOS 7D dSLR, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens operating at f/6.3, Kendrick white light Baader Solar Filter, mounted on a Manfrotto 055 tripod, no tracking

Processing: Photoshop Lightroom 4 - crop, change color temperature, lower exposure, increase clarity.

My observing log: