This is one of several images that I took of the 2012 transit of Venus. I had to travel to see the 2004 transit of Venus, and consequently was only able to transport a small 3-inch refractor for imaging that transit. The 2012 transit of Venus was visible from the United States, so I was able to simultaneously take images with three different telescopes from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona. This image was taken using a hydrogen-alpha filter, and the Sun looks very different when viewed through that type of narrow band filter. Click here to see a larger version of this image.
This image was taken with a ToUcam webcam on a Coronado Instruments SolarMax 60 H-alpha 60mm refractor. At the time this image was taken, the telescope was mounted piggyback on a Takahashi NJP mount carrying a Takahashi FS-128 refractor. This image was published on the website for Fox 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona, and on the Sky & Telescope website. This image was also published on the website for ABC 15 News in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Sun & Venus
June 5, 2012
Image by Sid Leach
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