2012 Venus Transit

On 6-5-2012 a very special astronomical event took place, a transit of the planet Venus across our view of the Sun. This rare event only occurs twice each 100 years and will not occur again until 2117. I shot this transit with my friend Rich Simons from North Georgia at Lookout Mountain Hang Gluiders, a very cool community of like-minded pilots of ultralight planes and gluiders. On Thursday one of my best images was featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120607.html
Transit close 1  Subject: Sun/Venus Transit - 06/5/2012 Optics: Lunt LS80THa/PT/B1800/FT Solar Scope - Single Stack, Televue Powermate 2.5x Mount: Losmandy GM8, Berlebach Uni 18 Tripod Camera: Imaging Source DMK41 Mono Filters: None Tools: Captured in IC Capture. Aligned. Stack, Wavelette in Registax. Final image processing in Photoshop Exposure Info: Approximately 250 frames  Details: Shot from my Lookout Mountain Georgia under partly cloudy skies (5/10), seeing fair (6/10) Transit close 2  Subject: Sun/Venus Transit - 06/5/2012 Optics: Lunt LS80THa/PT/B1800/FT Solar Scope - Single Stack, Televue Powermate 2.5x Mount: Losmandy GM8, Berlebach Uni 18 Tripod Camera: Imaging Source DMK41 Mono Filters: None Tools: Captured in IC Capture. Aligned. Stack, Wavelette in Registax. Final image processing in Photoshop Exposure Info: Approximately 250 frames  Details: Shot from my Lookout Mountain Georgia under partly cloudy skies (5/10), seeing fair (6/10) Transit close 3  Subject: Sun/Venus Transit - 06/5/2012 Optics: Lunt LS80THa/PT/B1800/FT Solar Scope - Single Stack, Televue Powermate 2.5x Mount: Losmandy GM8, Berlebach Uni 18 Tripod Camera: Imaging Source DMK41 Mono Filters: None Tools: Captured in IC Capture. Aligned. Stack, Wavelette in Registax. Final image processing in Photoshop Exposure Info: Approximately 250 frames  Details: Shot from my Lookout Mountain Georgia under partly cloudy skies (5/10), seeing fair (6/10) Transit 2-5x  Subject: Sun/Venus Transit - 06/5/2012 Optics: Lunt LS80THa/PT/B1800/FT Solar Scope - Single Stack, Televue Powermate 2.5x Mount: Losmandy GM8, Berlebach Uni 18 Tripod Camera: Imaging Source DMK41 Mono Filters: None Tools: Captured in IC Capture. Aligned. Stack, Wavelette in Registax. Final image processing in Photoshop Exposure Info: Approximately 250 frames  Details: Shot from my Lookout Mountain Georgia under partly cloudy skies (5/10), seeing fair (6/10) Transit Full Proms Transit Full Proms2  Subject: Sun/Venus Transit - APOD 06/6/2012 -  Link to APOD Site   Optics: Lunt LS80THa/PT/B1800/FT Solar Scope - Single Stack  Mount: Losmandy GM8, Berlebach Uni 18 Tripod Camera: Imaging Source DMK41 Mono Filters: None Tools: Captured in IC Capture. Aligned. Stack, Wavelette in Registax. Final image processing in Photoshop Exposure Info: Multiple Exposures - Surface Detail plus Prom Detail  Details: Shot from my Lookout Mountain Georgia under partly cloudy skies (5/10), seeing fair (6/10)
surface-proms-2 inv color surface-proms-2 inv filterless sunspots transit setup1  Ny Venus Transit setup ontop Lookout Mountain. The structure to the left of my scope is a hangliding ramp. hoya transit 1  I didn't get a whole lot of shots using the Hoya ND x400 filter.  This was shot using a Canon 7D and EF 100-400L IS Lens hoya transit 2  I didn't get a whole lot of shots using the Hoya ND x400 filter.  This was shot using a Canon 7D and EF 100-400L IS Lens
transit sunset1  Sunset from Lookout Mountain during the 2012 Venus Transit. press image 1  Before and during the transit Rich and I were interviewed by several media reporters.  This image was shot by Tim Barber of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga