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The Transit of Venus

Pictures of the Transit are arriving from members of the BAA. Although the weather was generally poor a surprising number of members managed some sort of view of the event.

If you saw the Transit, please send your observations to the Venus section (venus@britastro.org) and to our Picture Editor (picture@britastro.org) for our Transit Gallery.

Here are a couple of pictures from Peter Edwards and Maurice Gavin.

Peter Edwards - June 6 2012, 0438 UT

Peter writes:

I got up at 4.30am BST, the sky was promising but there was clouds low down in the NE where the sun was rising. Still I stayed out, took a few photos of horses in the next field to me and a few cloud pics, then suddenly at around 05.35 BST the Sun broke through for a couple of minutes between the clouds and I managed to capture the attached image.  I did manage to get two images, but this was the best one. The clouds actually add a bit of atmosphere (no pun etc). The image was taken with a Canon SX210 compact camera at max x14 zoom on a tripod, I think the exposure was 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.9 so I am doubly pleased to have got such a sharp image. I enlarged, cropped and tweaked in Photoshop.

Maurice Gavin - June 6 2012 04 49 UT

You can also watch Maurice’s video on YouTube: Maurice Gavin

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By Maurice Gavin

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06/06/2012 - 12:47
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Got lucky in the last few moments of transit with just one decent pic via PST CaK as attached- my clip ofevent @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPdkd8VlMuw
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Peter Edwards - 0535BST

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06/06/2012 - 10:47
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At around 05.35 BSTthe Sun broke through for a couple of minutes between the clouds and I managed to capture the attached image. I did manage to get two images, but this was the best one. The image was taken with a Canon SX210 compact camera at max x14zoom on a tripod, I think the exposure was 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.9 so I am doubly pleased to have got such a sharp image.
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NGC 3718 by Bob Winter

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04/06/2012 - 17:26
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Bob took this image of NGC 3718and it'scompanions in Wales on 20120413 using a Takahashi TSA 120 Refractor plus 1.5x extender and aQSI 532 Camera. It is an LRBG with an Ha component combined with the Luminance and is a total 90 mins. of exposure. This is an "Arp" Galaxy which is very distorted due to the gravitational effects of its companions. There is a small Galaxy group lower right, much futher away (300 million LY).
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Holmberg IX by Paul Downing

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27/05/2012 - 19:00
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Holmberg IX is a dwarf irregular galaxy and a satellite galaxy of Messier 81. The galaxy is namedafter Erik Holmberg, whofirst described it.It is thought to have formed within the last 200 million years making it the youngest nearby galaxy to ours.This image was taken on 27th April 2011 in southern Spain and is an LRGB of 40:30:30:30 minutes using an SBIG ST10 XME CCD camera and a C14 telescope.

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Annular eclipse from Bryce Canyon

BAA member Nick James travelled to Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA to see the annular eclipse.

Nick writes:

The annular eclipse was well seen from Bryce Canyon and the partially eclipsed Sun sank below the trees on the opposite wall before 4th contact. These pictures were taken with a Megrez 72 + Canon 550D.

 

2012 May 20 Annular Eclipse - Nick James

2012 May 20 Sunset Eclipse - Nick James

If any members have pictures please send them in to picture@britastro.org

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Saturn by Peter Edwards

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21/05/2012 - 09:30
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As Saturn climbs ever higher in the sky and presents a very favourable ring alignment, this image, taken in West Sussex UK,was submitted by Peter Edwards. Details are on the image.

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C/2012 J1 Catalina

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NGC 4361 in Corvus, by Paul Downing

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13/05/2012 - 08:48
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This image of planetary nebula NGC 4361 was taken in Spain on 9th May, 2012 using a Celestron C14 telescope at f/7 and an SBIG ST10 XME CCD camera. This is an LRGB of 40:30:30:30 minutes and shows the curved FLIERS emanating from the core.
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Messier 99

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Paul Downing
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10/05/2012 - 00:15
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Image taken using C14 at f/7 and SBIG ST10 XME CCD camera. This is an LRGB of 50:40:40:40 minutes and the image was taken in Spain on 2012-05-10

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