Transit of Venus
June 8, 2004
WCAC images and observation notes. A transit of Venus is so rare that prior to the June 8th, 2004 transit, no human now alive has witnessed this celestial event. On June 8, 2004, observers around much of the world saw Venus drift across the face of the Sun as Venus passed between the Sun and Earth. For N.E. Ohio it was in progress as the Sun rose at 5:53 am. We missed mid transit at 4:19 am but we were able to watch the last 1/4th of it (90 minutes). Third contact, when the leading edge of Venus is at the edge of the Sun, was at 7:05 am. Fourth contact, when the trailing edge of Venus is at the edge of the Sun was at 7:25 am. (Times are approximate and EDT.)
From Tom Kolar
I scouted out an empty farm field and set up the Questar at 5:55am and soon I was taking pictures of the transit on the horizon. The haze worked well as a filter so none was needed on the scope at sunrise. I also could clearly see Venus with the eye alone at that time too. After taking some sunrise shots, I went back home to set up and show my wife this twice in a lifetime opportunity. Saundra got to take a look at the transit also and I finished up taking pictures until last contact. All of these pictures were taken with a Canon F-1 body on the Questar 3 1/2" scope. Then the stills were scanned into digital format. (Click on an image to enlarge it. Close the new window to return.)
From Phil Hoyle
ph_double_transit.mpg (3.5MB) Great video of an airliner flying across the Sun!
From John Waechter
I observed it from home, on my back deck. I also managed to see Venus disk naked eye through the trees & morning haze. The solar disk cleared the trees at 6:48am., by then it the haze was gone. Nikon D-70 camera, at prime focus of my 80mm f/5 short tube refractor equipped with a Baader solar filter. Exposure is 1/125sec, ASA400.
From Jim Rudick
See more photos here: http://www.sendpix.com/albums/04060821/y7ayeybe7b/ (Close new window to return)
From Dave Ross
dr_transit_shots.doc - (Close new window to return) Here are my shots, such as they are, pasted into a Word document. Hope it opens... The fiirst colume are unfiltered when the Sun was still quite low in the murk... The rest are through a Baader visual filter... All are eyepiece projection and most are 1/15th sec. exposures on 400 iso color film...I got to see it also, from the Grange parking lot on Easton just West of Columbus; nice view. Took some 35mm frames. Don't know what will turn out. Lesson of the day: Don't leave your doors open and the radio running for 1.5hrs. and expect to go anywhere soon thereafter. Oi!
From Bill Castro.
Akron, OH, Saw it and video recorded the last 35 minutes. Visually saw while driving in to work this am. Sun was just over the horizon and thick haze. Venus visible naked eye while driving! Minutes later at work... Recorded on digital video with 90mm mak (ETX90) f/6.3 reducer, Baader solar filter and Supercircuits PC164C video camera. One of the welders came up on the roof with some 14 welders glass. Everyone saw it through that as well with no problem.
bctransit04.mpg (4.1MB) 20 sec. time lapse video.
From Dave Gill
Robin & I saw it from a parking lot overlooking scenic Oakwood Square. Probably caught the sun about 6:05, took a few direct pix while the sun was low. Then used projection with my 80mm finder. Lesson for the day - my digicam autofocus does not like flat screens. I'll have a few pix tonight.
From Norma Breehl
We went to our neighbors high field to see it. We took our 4.5 scope with us. Good thing cause I couldn't see Venus threw the solar glasses. The sun topped the trees at 6:35, we watched it until 7:24 when it went out of sight, down in our valley the sun didn't top the trees until 7:50, which we were having our coffee then. Can't wait to see the pictures.
From Phil Creed
I saw this bad boy about 6:30 a.m. on a sidewalk. I took my Uranometria 2000 atlas and used the "notes" section in the back (largely, they're blank pages) for a projection medium for my 16x80 binoculars. The of Venus was plainly visible, and I watched it for about 5 minutes or so, before the mosquitoes got to me. Given the fact that the sunrise this time of year is at its earliest, this is perhaps the only time I won't push for the abolition of Daylight Savings Time. Glad to hear that a lot of WCAC members saw it.
From Dick Emmons
My son Tom and I, plus Hoover H.S. teacher Glenn Cimmings, plus a former "Moonwatcher"
Bob Espenschied viewed the late stages ( 6:45 am to fourth contact ) of the Venus Transit, through
a 80mm refractor with a full-aperture Mylar filter at 36-x. I also got a few moments of video
through the eyepiece.
From Fred Jarka
Began observing around 6 am from Broadway ave. about a half mile north of Lincoln Way. Exit edge contacts: First edge: 7:05:40, Second edge: 7:25:16, estimated ± 5 sec. Observed at 192 power through Gill's mylar solar filter material. Not one person asked me if I was looking at Venus or stopped to observe. One lady asked me why I was surveying the field. I said I was looking at the Sun. She didn't believe me and walked away in disgust.
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