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The 2012 Transit of Venus

I rented the Canon 800mm f/5.6 IS, bought a sheet of solar film, and flew to San Francisco to view and photograph the 2012 transit of Venus! It was a huge financial risk, but paid off completely, the weather was perfect, the viewing was spectacular, sunset was just superb.

Did a little star and moongazing too, as the night before was a partial lunar eclipse. Everything about it was excellent and it has made for some pretty decent shots, too! Enjoy.
Saturn at 2400mm. Full moon of 6/4/2012. Partial Lunar eclipse of 6/4/2012. Solar filter test, all working and sunspots looking good! First contact of Venus, the tiny dent in the middle!
Ingress continuing. The Black Drop Effect! Second contact complete!jpg Transit continuing... Full frame at 4800mm, just a little bit of atmospheric distortion!
Final shot from San Mateo. Cloud interactions beginning, @San Gregorio beach. Cloud interactions continuing... Cloud interactions continuing... Cloud interactions continuing...
Cloud interactions continuing... Looks like Jupiter! Sunset commencing... Distorted Venus! g4/78/587478/3/144390053.GoMWCIvM.jpg
g4/78/587478/3/144390054.jEgGKuHv.jpg First contact of the sun and horizon. Venus about to set! Final shot before Venus sets!! Green Flash #1.
Green Flash #2.