Transit of Venus, June 2004

All pictures were taken at (N51.288 W0.212). Click on any image to see a larger (up to 1024 pixels wide) version. All pictures are oriented with south at the top. If you think this is wrong, then let me know (citing a respected authority!).

Venus transit, 2nd contact. 2004/06/08 06:39 BST 2004/06/08 06:39 BST
Venus transiting the Sun, 2nd contact
Baader AstroSolar™ filter, SkyMax 102, Baader IR/UV filter, TS SuperView 40.
Nikon 4500, 25.9mm fl, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, f/8.1

Venus transit. 2004/06/08 09:05 BST 2004/06/08 09:05 BST
Venus transiting the Sun
Baader AstroSolar™ filter, SkyMax 102, Baader IR/UV filter, TS SuperView 40.
Nikon 4500, 25.9mm fl, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/8.1

Venus transit. 2004/06/08 11:36 BST 2004/06/08 11:36 BST
Venus transiting the Sun
Baader AstroSolar™ filter, SkyMax 102, Baader IR/UV filter, TS SuperView 40.
Nikon 4500, 26.8mm fl, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/8.2

Venus transit, 3rd contact. 2004/06/08 12:04 BST 2004/06/08 12:04 BST
Venus transiting the Sun, 3rd contact
Baader AstroSolar™ filter, SkyMax 102, Baader IR/UV filter, TS SuperView 40.
Nikon 4500, 26.8mm fl, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/8.2

This group of ingress pictures were taken at approximately 2½ minute intervals. Between 1st and 2nd contact my view was obscured by a lamp-post, so the sequence begins about 10 mins after 1st contact. The first frame is dimmer because the lamp-post was still slightly in the way.
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This group of egress pictures were also taken at approximately 2½ minute intervals. Using these, and others taken between them, I have constructed a rather large (2.16 MByte) animated GIF. Note the complete absence of any "black drop" effect.
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