Mercury Transit May 09, 2016

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything, but I finally got some images stacked and edited from the May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit. I had an issue getting Registax to work properly under Linux through Wine, but I realized that, for whatever reason, Registax 6 didn’t like me using images (tif, CR2, and jpeg all didn’t work) although Registax 5 is perfectly fine with me using RAW files straight from the camera. Now that I got that figured out, here is one of the best shots from the Mercury Transit which contains about 50 of the best 100 images. Also included is my sketch of the event.

May 09, 2016 Mercury Transit

May 09, 2016 Mercury Transit Sketch

Transit of Venus

Venus Transit on June 8, 2004. Photo: Jeffrey Miller

I had previously wrote about the events of the Venus Transit in Tupper Lake at the Adirondack Almanack. I really wanted a post about it here on my blog too, as not everyone that follows this blog also follows the Almanack.

The Transit of Venus is quickly approaching, and the window of clear weather is very slim; but that shouldn’t stop you from joining the events in Tupper Lake held by the good folks at the Adirondack Public Observatory. This is the last time Venus will cross the face of the sun – from our vantage point of Earth – until 2117, which most likely no one reading this will make it to. If you do I would like to drink from the same fountain you are drinking from!
WPTZ News Channel 5 meteorologist Gib Brown has been keeping a close eye on the weather for Tuesday, but it’s still too early to make a final decision on whether it will be an outdoor event, or an indoor event. Final decision will be made by 7:00pm on June 4th. I have also been keeping a close eye on the weather, though I’m no meteorologist, I’m still at us having a 50% chance of having clear enough skies.
If outdoors the telescopes will be setup, mine included, at Little Wolf Beach in Tupper Lake, and there will be quite a few telescopes set up with solar filters to watch Venus as it crosses the face of the sun. There will even be a couple of Personal Solar Telescopes, which are built specifically for solar viewing. These telescopes give amazing views of features on the sun you can’t see with the white light filter like I have. The APO is also going to provide Eclipse Glasses for viewing the sun with your unaided eye safely.
If we are clouded out the event will take place at The Wild Center where there are plenty of activities planned, some of which for the younger people. Also a live stream of the transit via NASA. There will also be materials supplied by the Solar Dynamic Laboratory at the Goddard Space Center. Some of the materials include posters and cards with various images of the Sun with sunspots, prominences, flares, etc. There are also DVDs about the Solar System narrated by Whoopi Goldberg that may be given out as prizes for some of the games planned. We may even have a chance to use the STARLAB planetarium at the Wild Center. Indoor plans are still in the works.
If I receive anymore information about the event before June 5th I will be sure to post an update providing you with the information. I’m really hoping we have clear enough skies for viewing the transit because there is nothing like viewing it through a telescope with your own eyes.
More info on the events on June 4th and 5th along with locations, directions, and times can be found on this link.