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Mercury transit
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Nov 11, 2019 10:56:45   #
GMTCM
 
Just happened to be outside with camera and 1200 zoom so I thought I may get something. The dot's not a spot on your screen. ;-) They are unedited and will look better downloaded.


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Nov 11, 2019 11:07:51   #
Canisdirus
 
Nice images.
Yeah I broke out my little 90mm telescope with sun filter on (of course).
It was ... spectacular.

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Nov 11, 2019 11:12:20   #
GMTCM
 
Pretty cool and it will take 32 years to try again haha

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Nov 11, 2019 11:14:56   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
GMTCM wrote:
Just happened to be outside with camera and 1200 zoom so I thought I may get something. The dot's not a spot on your screen. ;-) They are unedited and will look better downloaded.


I know that is Mercury crossing in front of the Sun. I'm familiar with a planet transit. May I offer a critique? It is very faint. Could you have made it more visible. I'm not sure how to enhance Mercury. Are there any professionals that wish to share?

Happy Shooting!

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Nov 11, 2019 14:23:10   #
Canisdirus
 
Scruples wrote:
I know that is Mercury crossing in front of the Sun. I'm familiar with a planet transit. May I offer a critique? It is very faint. Could you have made it more visible. I'm not sure how to enhance Mercury. Are there any professionals that wish to share?

Happy Shooting!


Well, I was looking through my scope and I could get either the sun or Mercury in focus ... but not at the same time.
My scope is an f/11 ... so that tells you we are still dealing with incredible distances between the two subjects.
Mercury looked sharp as a tack btw ... like a perfect pencil dot.
Of course, there is always stacking.

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Nov 11, 2019 17:28:25   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
I will probably venture into Astrophotography as a new area to attempt. But then again, I am a hobbyist. please wish we luck.

Happy Shooting!

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Nov 11, 2019 18:59:34   #
Canisdirus
 
Scruples wrote:
I will probably venture into Astrophotography as a new area to attempt. But then again, I am a hobbyist. please wish we luck.

Happy Shooting!


Luck!! Hey, I'm right there with you.
I have a telescope and for its size and ease of being able to look at something within 5 minutes ...great scope.
I snap a few night shots now and again...but it's a specialty field.
To do it right means gathering the right equipment.
Great stuff though.

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Nov 11, 2019 20:11:42   #
GMTCM
 
Not sure what I could have changed to get mercury clear I just shot and posted.

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Nov 11, 2019 20:14:07   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Very nice. I spotted Mercury easily!

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Nov 12, 2019 10:00:09   #
badapple Loc: Twin Lake, Michigan
 
Fascinating! Out of this world photography.

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Nov 12, 2019 21:40:20   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Luck!! Hey, I'm right there with you.
I have a telescope and for its size and ease of being able to look at something within 5 minutes ...great scope.
I snap a few night shots now and again...but it's a specialty field.
To do it right means gathering the right equipment.
Great stuff though.


Thank you so much. I definitely like a challenge.

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Nov 13, 2019 07:12:24   #
LoisCroft Loc: Jonesborough, Tennessee
 
Well done! Can't see it at all in the photos I took.

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Nov 13, 2019 08:35:43   #
Canisdirus
 
GMTCM wrote:
Not sure what I could have changed to get mercury clear I just shot and posted.


The only thing you could have done was to take two images ... one focused on mercury, and the other on the sun. Then stack them together.
Next time ... in 2032 LoL

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