The Transit of Mercury

Nov. 8, 2006

: The planet Mercury passed in front of the Sun on Wednesday, Nov. 8th--a rare transit visible from the Americas, Hawaii and all around the Pacific Rim: full story.

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  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Howard Eskildsen,
Ocala, Florida
Nov. 08
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Not contest quality, but I got so see it for two hours! I had to move the 'scope from sunlit area to sunlit area between trees by my home.

Photo details: Meade 6-inch f/8 refractor, Nikon Coolpix 4300, Maxview 40, w-15 yellow filter, 2X Barlow on second image.



Russell Horn,
Wichita Falls, Texas
Nov. 8, 2006

The view of the transit in white light was so hypnotic I almost forgot about the H-alpha filters waiting to be used!

White light photo details: Takahashi FS102 - Baader Herschel Wedge - Lumenera 2-1 camera

H-alpha photo details: Coronado double-stacked SolarMax60, Lumenera 2-1 camera

Josh Poissant,
South Portland, Maine
Nov. 8, 2006
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... watercolor of the transit. It was raining in Maine on the 8th. The transit was not visible outside that day, but available online thanks to the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

Victor Barbu,
Calgary, AB, Canada
Nov. 8, 2006

Mercury transit defying the extremely bad weather.

Photo details: Projection from a pair of Celestron 15x70 Skymaster binoculars. Olympus C4000 digital camera.

One does not necessarily need expensive equipment to observe. Astronomy is for everyone!

John Nassr,
Baguio, Philippines
Nov. 09
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Photo details: AP127, Baader Herschel wedge, and Dragonfly 2 camera.

Adrian Guzman,
San Jose, California
Nov. 08

Photo details: Coronado PST.

Alan Dyer,
southwest of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nov. 08

The sky managed to stay clear enough in southwestern Alberta for us to get a look at the first 2 hours of the Mercury transit. A crowd of about 300 students and the public got to see the event at a special session at the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Obseratory southwest of Calgary.

Photo details: Canon 400D, 90mm f/7 apo refractor, 2X Barlow.

Ron Hodges,
Midland Tex USA
Nov. 08
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It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in sight ! It was totally exciting seeing and imaging the Mercury Transit with my new Baader Solar System White Light Filter!

Photo details: Celestron C8, EQ-CG5 mount, Rebel 300D, portrait modes, 100 ISO, 1/250th sec. Edited in PS7 and animated with Coffeecup Animation software.

more images: from Mike Crane and Pasqual Benito of Oakland, California ("Holding the camera up to the lens manually and praying for the best--we were pleased."); from Jim Young of the JPL/NASA/Table Mountain Observatory in California; from Ginger Mayfield of Divide, CO; from John Boyd of Santa Barbara, CA; from Pepe Cuéllar of Guadalajara, Jalisco, México; from Daisuke Tomiyasu of Kobe, Hyogo, JAPAN; from Mark Hodges of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Va. from Thomas J. Dragon of Pensacola, Florida; from Eugene Dolphin of San Diego; from Raymund Sarmiento of Antipolo Philippines; from Michael Prokosch at the Sam Houston State Observatory, Huntsville, Texas;

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