- Posted June 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Light Years: Your view of space and stars
Venus Transit Close-ups at Kitt Peak National Observatory
I was invited by several Professional Astronomers to Kitt Peak for the Transit of Venus event.
I lectured on how to do Hydrogen Alpha Solar imaging at Kitt Peak National Observatory this past week, and I lugged my equipment to the Peak, and took some very nice images of the Transit from up there.
I just returned from Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ were I setup & photographed the Transit of Venus at the (ARO) 12 meter Radio Telescope site, which actually had the best Western View.
I captured some very nice images up there, we had beautiful weather, and my good friend Dr. Don McCarthy (HST & James Webb Fame) brought his (25th Anniversary) Astronomy Campers & Counselors (43) to visit us during the Transit.
Thanks very much to Dr. McCarthy for putting us up in ARO Astronomers Quarters. Dr. Don made this a trip of a lifetime for me and my friends Ron & Barry!
The Professional Astronomers were all super nice and gave us some private tours, and background history of the different scopes on the Mountain, we even got to see some scopes that were not open to the public!
Thanks go to ARO Astronomers John & Mike for being great hosts & giving us private tours too!
I really enjoyed my time up there as well as the Transit event…Incredibly AWESOME!
The only bad time was coming home and spending 27 hours in DFW airport delays!
Attached are Hydrogen Alpha images of Venus close-up & showing its atmosphere, Full Disk H-Alpha, White Light Full Disk, and two shots of Equipment/View!
The H-alpha images were captured with my Lunt 60mm/50F H-Alpha Solar Scope & DMK 21 & 41(Full HA Solar Disk) cameras…the close-up shots used a 2x Barlow, the white light shot was a Canon Rebel Xsi & 80mm Refractor with Baader Solar filter.
I have taken many wonderful shots, my close-up views of Venus are my favorites, so you all will get see the best ones over the next few weeks,
I included a shot of me with my equipment, and others for just showing our showing our View looking west at the 12 Meter Radio Telescope site.
I have many photos of the different telescopes on Kitt Peak as well, so I can send those later.
I hope you all got to see the Transit!
Dayton, Ohio USA