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Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

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Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by MalVeauX » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:58 pm

Hey all,

I was lucky to have decent weather all day for once, right up to the end, it clouded up at the end of the transit but I was still able to grab some information there through clouds and poor seeing. But up to that point it was a wonderful day of observing and I imaged a little bit along the way to show the photosphere and chromosphere when the seeing would allow at finer image scales.

Transits are interesting because they are a great thought experiment, centuries old, regarding our placement within the cosmos, solar system, etc. We see other planets, but they never transit, then there's two planets that do transit our star, so logically it allows us to consider our placement in our solar system relative to our star and relative to several other planets. This is huge since there was a time we thought we were the center, before the heliocentric model was thought of. Also transits allow us to better determine distances between the planets and the sun via parallax to get more and more accurate at figuring out real distances (we're already quite good at this, considering we can land things on Mars!). Another interesting bit about Mercury is that it's not the same size anymore and has changed size over time.

I shared the day with my family, they got to see the transit. My daughter of 6 years of age saw her first transit, hopefully more to follow in the future as I have very few left in my time. I was interviewed before and after the transit by NPR (National Public Radio), so thanks to Scott for reaching out to help share this event with others. The best outreach I've managed yet in that sense!

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Time Lapse (last 30 minutes of transit):

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Transit Party:

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C8 Edge HD + Aires Full Aperture D-ERF + Baader Red CCD-IR Block Filter
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Baader 610nm + Baader 3.0 ND + ASi290MM (WL)

Orion ED80 + Baader Red CCD-IR Block Filter
PST etalon + Coronado 10mm BF + ASI174MM (HA)
Baader Blue CCD-IR Block Filter + Edmund Optics 430nm Gband Filter + Baader 3.0 ND Filter (WL)

C150HD 120mm F10 Refractor + Baader Red CCD-IR Block Filter
PST etalon + Coronado 10mm BF + ASI290MM (HA)

Very best,

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by Stardust5858 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:09 pm

Great image's, not had the time to process all mine, lol. Well done.

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by MapleRidge » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:24 pm

Hi Marty...

I really enjoyed your post with all the transit images, excellent work :bow

I was clouded out with snowed all day, thanks for sharing your views!

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by Starry Jack » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:11 am

Outstanding! Excellent details in all parts of the transit and each feature of the sun.
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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by DeepSolar64 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:25 am

Marty,

I had good weather too. I really enjoyed it. Your pictures are excellent. I love the sizable disc of Mercury your images show. You have considerable magnification/resolution here.

And I really love to see children involved with anything astronomy!

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Post by MAURITS » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:01 am

Excellent and cute images Marty.
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Post by Montana » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:44 am

What a superb set of images Marty and I think you win the prize for the bluest skies on transit day :)
Great to see a budding new astronomer too :hamster: :bow

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by george9 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:38 pm

Awesome images, and so nice to help out NPR. Congrats.

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Post by John » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:57 pm

>Lovely set of images, congrats on high resolution image of transit on Spaceweather today.

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Post by marktownley » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:28 pm

You had a great booty of images there Marty, really nice!
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Post by eroel » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:00 pm

Marty:
Beautiful shots, landscapes, setups and family.
You had a super session.
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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by MalVeauX » Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:27 am

Thanks all, appreciate it, I'm glad we all got to see such a transit. For many it's the last!

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by Carbon60 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:50 am

Many congratulations on a successful transit session (with your little helper). Beautiful skies and fabulous images worthy of the public interest you’re receiving: radio, NASA, Spaceweather..... there’s no stopping you.

Well done.

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Post by ffellah » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:54 am

Excellent ! It is great to share these unique astronomical experiences with the family and, when possible, with the public.

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by MapleRidge » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:17 am

Hi Marty...

Great to see your image of the transit as the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day today.

Congratulations :bow

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Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Post by mattwastell » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am

Hi Marty
Excellent collection - thoroughly enjoyed your post (a tad late on my behalf).
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