Transit of Venus

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Todays big event was the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Doesn’t happen all that often, the next occurrence apparently not for 105 years. And last night the forecast was dodgy to say the least as a big storm was due to sweep across New Zealand.

But I woke to a beautiful fine day.

I borrowed an arc welding helmet, but it just wasn’t good enough. The sun too small to see Venus which is only appears as a dot without binoculars. And with binoculars the glare was too much. So I smoked a piece of glass with a candle, and the smoked glass plus arc welding lens together was fine and with the binos Venus was lovely and clear.

So the next thing was to try and photograph. Mounted the camera on tripod, and using Canon 60D plus300mm tele lens and smoked filter as above attempted to capture. It worked… sort of….

Transit. Venus is visible as a small blurred dot close to edge of sun at the 5 oclock position

Next attempt was to use the binoculars and project onto a white sheet. Worked just fine.

This photo was taken at 1229.30 hrs NZST

Venus visible at the 1200 position.

position
46.901249 S
168.126205 E

My apologies for posting this as I know it isn’t about wildlife, but astronomical events like this are pretty special.

Peter Tait

Peter Tait

Peter Tait is a professional nature guide based at Stewart Island, New Zealand, and he works primarily on Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Peter has been resident on the Island for over 40 years and was one time Forest Ranger in Charge of Stewart Island. Fishing followed forestry and was in turn followed by Talisker, a 17m charter yacht. He is qualified Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. In addition to guiding Peter and his wife Iris are hosts at Sails Ashore Lodge.

Peter Tait

Peter Tait

Peter Tait is a professional nature guide based at Stewart Island, New Zealand, and he works primarily on Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Peter has been resident on the Island for over 40 years and was one time Forest Ranger in Charge of Stewart Island. Fishing followed forestry and was in turn followed by Talisker, a 17m charter yacht. He is qualified Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. In addition to guiding Peter and his wife Iris are hosts at Sails Ashore Lodge.

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Douglas Trent

Thank you!  Most of us wildlife fans love all of the nature world, and this is part of it.

Brian
Brian

Hopewe can see it in Cape Town today. Maybe not….. its raining…dam!
Brian Vanderwalt

Ravi Vaidyanathan

we were all geared up to see this celestial phenomenon in mumbai but the weather played spoil sport and its been overcast and drizzing right from early morning !!

Glenn Bartley

Peter, no apologies necessary – it’s a privilege to receive such news articles “hot off the press” and before they’ve even been reported by our own television news channels. One of the advantages of having our reporter stationed in the antipodes! Thanks for this special feature.