Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Transit of Venus Prints available for Purchase

I now have four prints from the Transit of Venus available for purchase:

Buy prints/photographs of the Transit of Venus at Astro Photography Australia

If you wish to buy a photograph of the transit I will be doing the first print run on the 28th June, so orders before then would put you in the first batch. After that purchases will be filled on a as-required basis.

Contact me if you have any questions or special requests.

Read about my transit photographs here at my blog

I also have two new astro mug (coffee mug) designs using photographs from the Transit of Venus:

Transit of Venus with sunspots Astro Coffee Mug

Transit of Venus with Silhouettes Astro Coffee Mug

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A new ending - Transit of Venus

I am continuing work on photographs from the Transit of Venus, and have decided on a new photograph to represent the end of the Transit.

Compared to my previous image of the ending, this photograph shows more of Venus, more detail in the sunspots, and still keeps the mood created by the encroaching cloud. I hope you like it and agree it's a subtle improvement upon the first take.

I have been working hard over the last few evenings to get a selection of prints up on my website available for purchase. I know several people have asked about buying prints of the Transit of Venus photographs and I am working towards having those available. Once ready I will notify those who have contacted me by email. I should have the images up on my website in the next few days, and will be putting an order in for prints shortly after.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Spectacular Transit of Venus!

Well, if that wasn't a Transit of Venus then I don't know what is!

In true astronomical fashion the weather tried very hard to thwart attempts of many people to photograph the Transit, as time drew on many tales of disaster and success have arisen from the ashes.

I am VERY happy to say that after much planning and deliberating I photographed what was an almost perfect event. While partly cloudy, which meant some troubles especially towards the end, the clouds made for a spectacular sunrise and beautiful silhouettes mixed with the sun at various times. Now that's what I call art, not just a transit.

I have over 1500 and 50 gigabytes of photographs from the day to work through, my old laptop is crumbling under the weight. I will soon have finished photographs ready, and if you would like to purchase photographs of the Transit of Venus June 6th 2012, I will have high quality prints for sale individually and as sets which give a complete picture of the historic event. Contact me at Astro Photography Australia to be notified of availability.

More important than the selling of photographs of the transit, I feel special to have been a part of history to record this rare event and be able to share it with others now and for the next 105 years until the next similar event. I would love to hear what the people in 105 years say about what we did in 2012.

To those who stopped by for a chat with me at Lucky Bay, east of Esperance (Western Australia) in the Cape Le Grand National Park, Hi! and thank you for stopping by for a chat. It was great to share the event and have some company to pass the time (whent not frantically adjusting exposures to dodge clouds!).

Lucky Bay is a spectacular location and that certainly helped the mood of the day, as well as making for some wonderful photographs. Sitting back with the sun glistening across the bay, light cloud passing overhead and a medium breeze, it was hard to not enjoy.

Some pictures:

Dawn on the Transit of Venus 6th June 2012 - Sunrise colours across Lucky Bay minutes before sunrise.

Transit Sunrise - The Sun rises from behind distant hills quickly rising behind thin layers of cloud, with Venus shown.

Transit of Venus with sunspots, approximately mid-transit, 6th June 2012

The End - Egress, as Venus leaves the disk of the sun and cloud cover thickens.

Update 20th June: You can buy prints of the Transit of Venus here

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Photographing the Sun - Preparations for the Transit of Venus

In preparation for photographing the Transit of Venus on the 6th June this coming Wednesday, today I dusted off my portable refractor telescope, portable mount, and solar filter.

Conditions here today were partly cloudy, and unfortunately it is predicted the actual event on Wednesday will be cloudy too. I will be doing my best to dodge the clouds, travelling the countryside with tent and telescope but I am not holding my breath for good results! Wait and see.

Even with clouds, I was surprised what detail some test photographs of the sun returned today. There are many sunspots visible, as well as a lot of nice mottled texture across the surface of the sun. This photograph is a single exposure through a safe solar filter.

A photograph of the full disk of the sun

A cropped close-up of the whole photograph above
Never look at or photograph the Sun in any way without a proper solar filter!

To find out exactly when to look at the Transit of Venus I recommend: