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 Post subject: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:12 am 
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Been out of the game for a few years due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and only do occasional observing but managed to get this image of the transit using my Canon EOS2000D, a 70-300mm lens and a Baader Solar Filter. I also have a Coronado PST but there were too many clouds and of course the sun is so low at this time of the year I gave up with that. Too much cursing before the watershed!

The grayscale image wasn't as clear as I would have liked so I did some enhancement and colourisation in Photoshop.


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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:38 pm 
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Dear Geoff,

that is a great shot for a telephoto lens, Mercury being so small on the Suns disk. And you got it dead centre :D . BTW welcome back!

Well done,

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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:16 pm 
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Thanks Brian. The original image of Mercury was not that clear (it is pretty small after all) and I had to confirm I'd got it and it was just luck that it happened to be in the middle of the Suns disk. The lens I have replaced an earlier one and its given me some good images when I've used it for other things like at sporting events so not a bad result. Makes a change to not actually miss things because of the weather.


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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:49 am 
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Super! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Transit of Mercury
PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Dear Geoff
That's a Great Mercury image.
Unfortunately, I think I understand your arthritis problem two well.
Best of luck from Cliff


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