Transit of Venus 2004

Transit of Venus, 08th June 2004

This was a rare astronomical event. Viewed from Earth, Venus was visible infront of the sun as a black disk. The last time this occured was in 1882.
Time schedule for Mainz, Germany of this so called "Transit of Venus". Times given are in CEST (GMT+2).

EventMeaningTime
First contact Venus enters solar disk 07:19:58
Second contact Venus completely on solar disk 07:39:37
Greatest transit Least distance to center of solar disk 10:22:33
Third contact Venus starts leaving solar disk 13:04:01
Fourth contact Venus leaves solar disk 13:23:19

Images of the transit. For details about the images see below.
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ImageTimeComment
07:20:32 just after first contact
07:23:04
07:33:50
07:40:55 just after second contact
07:44:28
08:03:58
08:23:31
08:44:38
09:03:51
09:23:38
09:43:12
10:03:30
10:23:11 just after greatest transit
10:43:30
11:04:08
11:24:13
11:43:21
12:03:27
12:23:24
12:43:23
13:03:40 just before third contact
13:09:57
13:14:48
13:20:40 three minutes to fourth contact

The images have been taken with Baader AstroSolar filter, Meade 8 inch f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain scope, f/6.3 focal reducer, flip mirror, Ploessl 25 mm eyepiece and a Nikon Coolpix 4500 . Mounted on a Vixen GPDX mount and guided with Vixen SkySensor 2000 PC. The optical combination is by far not the optimum. But it gives a chance to view and take pictures without lots of changes in the equipment. At wide angle, the Nikon Coolpix gets the complete sun on the image. With 4x optical zoom parts of the sun can be captured. All images have been taken at full wide angle or with 4x optical zoom.
The location was in Klein-Winternheim near the Paul-Baumann-Observatory which is operated by the AAG Mainz e.V.
Thank's to www.astro-sc.de for the good service delivering the Baader AstroSolar filter foil.

Optical combination without focal reducer: flip mirror, eyepice, ScopeTronics Digi-T ring and step ring, Nikon Coolpix 4500.

Last revised: 15th. Sep. 2004


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