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The clouds make these shots truly beautiful Catherine.
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Re: Venus passing the sun

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your photos of the Venus transit look quite dramatic and I do like them. I need to ask, because you said you lacked the propper glasses for viewing the sun directly, and from the settings of your camera, did you snapp all these shots without a sun filter attached to your lense?
I read that this might cause a burned out the sensor or eyepiece etc. and wouldn't have tried so myself - in fear it might ruin my beloved optics.
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I'm very jealous Cathrine. It was cloudy here even if I had got out of bed in time

Great shots to have.

I guess I'll have to wait till the next time!
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Re: Venus passing the sun

Wonderful shots and better than any we have seen on the telly, Cathrine.
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Re: Venus passing the sun

Really very nice, well done!

So good to see the comparative size of the planet and star, and the clouds make it so dramatic.
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Really very nice, well done!

So good to see the comparative size of the planet and star, and the clouds make it so dramatic.
Unless I'm mistaken, when Venus lies between Earth and the Sun, it is at its closest to Earth at about 25 million miles. With the Sun at about 93 miilion miles away, you cannot compare the relative sizes of both by looking at these photos. If you were able to see them both side by side, Venus would look very much smaller than it appears on these pictures.
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Re: Venus passing the sun

Excellent pictures Catherine!

In my opinion the cloud veils have a positive impact on the pictures and making them even more interestering from a photographic point of view.

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Unless I'm mistaken, when Venus lies between Earth and the Sun, it is at its closest to Earth at about 25 million miles. With the Sun at about 93 miilion miles away, you cannot compare the relative sizes of both by looking at these photos. If you were able to see them both side by side, Venus would look very much smaller than it appears on these pictures.
Yes, I agree. What I really meant was you have an actual view in which both are visible. When combined with the knowledge of their relative distance, one can gain a spatial perception of the inner solar system.
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Yes, I agree. What I really meant was you have an actual view in which both are visible. When combined with the knowledge of their relative distance, one can gain a spatial perception of the inner solar system.
Agreed, Alistair, and it's only when any heavenly body passes in front of the Sun that we are able to see its mass. I was just being picky in my first post and I apologise!
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Re: Venus passing the sun

Great shots Cathrine, but where I live we would have been happy just to see the sun (the what? Oh, I remember!)
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Catherine,
your photos of the Venus transit look quite dramatic and I do like them. I need to ask, because you said you lacked the propper glasses for viewing the sun directly, and from the settings of your camera, did you snapp all these shots without a sun filter attached to your lense?
I read that this might cause a burned out the sensor or eyepiece etc. and wouldn't have tried so myself - in fear it might ruin my beloved optics.
I was worried about that too, but then I remembered that I shoot plenty of pictures in broad daylight with a "naked lens", images that include the sun... Actually the first shot was best after manually focusing on infinity and using shortest shutter speed, smallest aperture and lowest ISO. The camera has worked fine afterwards ;-)
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Re: Venus passing the sun

A friend of mine has some kind of filter that allows him to take direct photos of the sun, showing sunspots.
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