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Mercury Transit from Las Vegas, NV.

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#1 Greg M

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 06:47 PM

I'm still working on the full animation but I've included a couple stills and a link to a very short animation test that I made of 3rd and 4th contact. Here in Las Vegas, the transit was already in mid progress so we missed 1st and 2nd contact. The planet was almost halfway through the transit at sunrise. I started imaging as soon as the sun rose above my neighbor's house at 6:50am but it honestly didn't get steady enough to animate until around 8am. So I have 2 hours worth of images to process and edit. I've figured out a few automation tricks to speed up the process.
This first shot is from around 8am.
https://photos.smugm...-WxqdW2G-X3.jpg

This image is from 9:58am, about 4 minutes till 3rd contact.
https://photos.smugm...-M44cJdV-X3.png

Here's the animation of 3rd and 4th contact.
https://photos.smugm...-kf6JXGD-X3.gif
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:07 PM

Among the best I've seen, I especially like seeing the convection cells of the sun in that gif!


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:39 PM

Very nice!!!


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:43 PM

Here's the complete time-lapse video of the transit from our location.

https://youtu.be/YOM2sxPFqm0


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:58 PM

Awesome job... I just love seeing the sun through the dedicated solar scopes.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 06:07 PM

Awesome job... I just love seeing the sun through the dedicated solar scopes.

Thanks. I do too. But with the sun so relatively quite now, looking at the transit through the 12" SCT with the white-light filter was very impressive. After it got a bit higher and out of the muck it was incredible sharp.




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