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Venus will transit across the face of the Sun for the last time in our lifetime. It will be 105 years before another transit takes place. For the Central time zone in daylight savings time, it'll start around 5:10 pm. give or take a minute or two. It will take approximately 6 1/2 hours to cross so it will end at sunset for most of us.

Do a google search for Venus Transit or here's a link with some tips on how to view it safely. http://lilburn.patch.com/articles/safety-tips-for-viewing-the-venus-transit-2012
 

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This looks like one live show I'll have to miss--here it'll take place during the sunless night time. I hope I remember to follow your link and see (some of it) over the net.
Thanks for thinking of the starry-eyed beekeepers on the forum.:thumbsup:
 

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I strongly encourage everyone who is able to view this event! (safely)
(I got great photos through my scope in 2004, but is cloudy here today, was thinkingof hitting the road soon to find clearer skies, but keeps getting worse. VERY disappointed!)
 

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With a little help from my welding mask, I was able to take a couple shots.

Nikon D40, 200mm lens, F10.0. 1/2500 shutter speed through a #11 welding glass.

 

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`VERY NICE!!!
(and I didnt think it was going to clear up even in Cleveland or I might have made a go of it - I'm only three+ hours away)
 

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Itr's now 6:55 AM here and I just came in from getting a look at the transit. I held my binoculars lined up with the sun and let the image form on a white background. I could see Venus very distinctly. Kinda small on the surface of the relatively big sun. I wouldn't have known exactly where to look if it hadn't been for the help from some of the links suplied here.
Thanks bamabww!
(P.S. I couldn't use my welding glass because it is in my storage shed where a cat recently raised her litter of four kittens. When they moved out, they left me a "gift" of fleas and every time I enter the shed I get attacked by dozens of them.)
 

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Clouds moved in and out over North Alabama but we had a great time. I had 42 visitors drop by to visit the White House Observatory and view the Transit. Here are some of my photos. The first several are taken thru the eyepiece with only a partial quadrant shown of the sun. The smaller irregular black "splotches" are sun storms.
 

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WOW! :shock:
Those are some kinda pictures! :thumbsup:
Thanks for posting, nothing to see up here with all the clouds and rain.
Is that Observatory yours? :shock:
 

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That last picture, with the trees, the colors, the rainbow, serves as a reminder that the real beauty is right here, down on our earth, in our own "back yards".
:coolphotos:
Thanks for them all.
 

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Bamabww - Those are great! (btw - you have my dream observ.)
What kind of scope are you shooting through? Did you do any tracking shots?
Thank you for posting!
 

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WOW! :shock:
Those are some kinda pictures! :thumbsup:
Thanks for posting, nothing to see up here with all the clouds and rain.
Is that Observatory yours? :shock:
Thanks very much Perry. Yes, I put that together in February of 2000.
 

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Bamabww - Those are great! (btw - you have my dream observ.)
What kind of scope are you shooting through? Did you do any tracking shots?
Thank you for posting!
Thanks very much. I have a 12" LX200 Meade SCT. Those eyepiece shots were made at approximately 75 power. No, didn't have time for any tracking shots. I had 42 visitors to view the transit so I just snuck in a shot between visitors now and then.
 
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