Here’s a rare event, something that occurs only about once every 110 years. The transit of Venus, which I managed to capture a bit of this evening.
Technically, I was a bit limited by my equipment: I could have used a longer telephoto lens, and really could have used a darker neutral density filter. These were captured with my Canon 7D, using a 70-200 2.8L lens at 200mm, cropped frames, ISO 100, 1/8000 second at f32, with a 3-stop ND filter plus a polarizer, shot in RAW and darkened by about another 3 stops. So I’m teetering at the edge of getting the exposure down, which made sharpness and noise a little bit of an issue. But I got something, and I’m pleased I was able to get these as clear as they are. Didn’t think I could capture sunspots…but was lucky with clear skies.
I’ve compiled a little still to video capture here:
And I’ve also uploaded the still images used to create this to Flickr, here’s the slideshow.