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Mercury Transit Across Sun 2016

Sun Mercury Transit 1

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/150
Aperture: f/12
Focal Length: 1000mm (digiscope)
ISO: 200
Filter: Orion ID Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter

Our star the sun with Mercury transiting across its surface, visualized through a Zeiss spotting scope and Fuji X-T1 configured as a digiscoping approach.  You can see Mercury as a small dot in the South East part of the sun’s globe with a sunspot in the North West portion.

 

Sun with mercury transit 2

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/150
Aperture: f/12
Focal Length: 1600mm (digiscope)
ISO: 200
Filter: Orion ID Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter

 

Sun with Mercury Transit 3_

Camera: Sony RX100 III
Exposure: 1/200
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: ~ 2000mm equivalent with 70mm zoom + 700mm spotting scope (cropped)
ISO: 250
Orion ID Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter

 

Note:  Looking at or imaging the sun can be inherently dangerous, particularly if you are doing it with optics.  Any solar filter must be in good repair with no holes in it to allow raw sunlight to get through and the filter MUST go on in front of any optical lenses, else you are risking either a retinal burn or a CCD toasting event.  This is of course another advantage of using mirrorless cameras like the Fuji cameras with no optical path from the lens to your eyeball and retina.  So, if some catastrophic failure of filtering did happen, your retina would not suddenly find itself in the optical path.

Categories: Astrophotography.

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  1. It’s a nice reminder of how small planets are compared to our dear old sun.



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