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2019 Transit of Mercury

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It was chucking it down all morning over Deepest Darkest Norfolk, so my expectations were low that I'd get to see the transit.

Then magically the skies started clearing at 12:15 so I rushed around to get set up. 

As the Sun was low in the sky it was too low to view from my ROR observatory, so out came the 9.25SCT on the Evolution mount, a 0.6 focal reducer to get a full disc image, solar filter and my Canon 650D.

It stayed clear for roughly an hour so I was able to capture the first contact. ISO400 and between 1/250th and 1/400th of a second before the clouds returned....

First image was at just past 12:35GMT

1st contact IMG_4620.jpg

2nd contact IMG_4621.jpg

3rd IMG_4622.jpg

4th IMG_4623.jpg

5th IMG_4624.jpg

6th IMG_4627.jpg

7th IMG_4629.jpg

10th IMG_4634.jpg

11th IMG_4637.jpg

12th IMG_4637.jpg

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A very nice set of images :)


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What a lovely series of images showing the progress of Mercury across the Sun. West Norfolk was obviously much clearer than South Norfolk for the start and early stages of the transit. Really good to see that first contact :thumbright:.

Well done, Geof

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