Derby and District Astronomical Society

The 2004 Transit of Venus

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The following image was taken by Mike Lancaster from the Ocean Club Hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. He used a Meade ETX-90 with a BCF white light solar filter, and a hand-held Olympus Camedia C-4000 zoom camera using eyepiece projection from a Meade 40 mm super Plossl. For the whole sequence of Mike's transit pictures click here.

11:02 UTC


The following three images were taken by Adrian Brown from Derby using a 3-inch Broadhurst and Clarkson refractor and a hand held digital camera.

10:01 UTC


10:45 UTC


11:00:52 UTC



The following image was taken by Chris Newsome from Derby using a Celestron C6-Newtonian fitted with a solar filter and a Kodak DC-240 digital camera hand held to a 20 mm Plossl eyepiece.

10:07 UTC



Ian Bennett took the following photographs during the later stages of the transit.






Graham Ensor took the following images of the transit from Swannington in Leicestershire. He used a Watson & Sons 'Century' 3-inch brass refractor and projected the solar disc into a deeply shaded cardboard box. The images were taken with a Sony Mavica digital camera and processed in Adobe Photoshop using levels and several filters to reduce noise and bring out details.

Just before second contact.


As above but enhanced to show a possible hint of the atmosphere of Venus at the edge opposite the Sun?


Second contact with a possible black drop effect. The overall projected image was 12 inches in diameter.


Around mid-transit.


Approaching the end of the transit. Note the bright faculae near the limb of the Sun. The same structure can be seen in Mike Lancaster's images from Egypt.



Malcolm Neal took the following images on film using a 500 mm mirror lens with 2x doubler attached to a Pentax body. He used a home made mylar filter.








Julie Brandon and her partner Andrew Payne took the following photos of Venus using a filtered pair of 7-21x42mm zoom binoculars and a Canon PowerShot A60 digital camera. The first is a real-colour image and the second was taken through a green filter to increase sharpness.



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