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  • EEVblog #288 – Transit Of Venus 2012

    Posted on June 7th, 2012 EEVblog 31 comments


    Dave attempting to capture the transit of venus amid the clouds and rain.

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    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Rubdos Rubdos

      [..YouTube..] All clouds in Belgium. I felt miserable too!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Rubdos Rubdos

      [..YouTube..] And I got out of bed at 5:00 AND 6:00 to try to watch…

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=spikeguns1 spikeguns1

      [..YouTube..] i see it :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=StationAlpha1 StationAlpha1

      [..YouTube..] Venus:…”Well that’s your lot until 2117″!

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=izimsi izimsi

      [..YouTube..] I’ve woken up at 5 AM just to find out that you can’t actually see the sun because of the clouds.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ForViewingOnly ForViewingOnly

      [..YouTube..] Nice one Dave. I was up at 5am to be greated by cloudy skies. Ah well, I’ll catch the next one :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Whisper6911 Whisper6911

      [..YouTube..] nope, me 2, f’in rain…

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=turnercarl turnercarl

      [..YouTube..] looks like a fly

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Films4You Films4You

      [..YouTube..] UFO fly past, LOL

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=CatamaranAir CatamaranAir

      [..YouTube..] Great Video, How about flickering LED candle for Tear Down Tuesdays? Loved your interview with Colin.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=flopticalcube flopticalcube

      [..YouTube..] Completely clouded up where I am. Nothing to see.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dylanpalmediy dylanpalmediy

      [..YouTube..] It was too cloudy yesterday to see anything. lame.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=aiden1015 aiden1015

      [..YouTube..] I know the Sun is massive, but when you use Venus as a size comparison you realize how massive the Sun really is.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Alex1M6 Alex1M6

      [..YouTube..] I stayed up all night to photograph this but when the time came my view was obscured by clouds ) :

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=compaq1275 compaq1275

      [..YouTube..] I used a solar filter on a telescope and got a bunch of great photos! How were you making such a large projection with binoculars? I only get small projections when I use binoculars like that.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=tagno25 tagno25

      [..YouTube..] It was/is a twice in a lifetime event. There was one in 2004, then this one, now a wait of 105 years til the next one.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=daafies2 daafies2

      [..YouTube..] should get a poster board, cut a hole to slide over one the binocular lenses. this’ll create your shadow.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mllarson mllarson

      [..YouTube..] I watched it live via The Weather Channel’s site. Was pretty cool.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=adamlumpkins2000 adamlumpkins2000

      [..YouTube..] Dave I believe that the size relation is 1/32

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=spelunkerd spelunkerd

      [..YouTube..] Captain Cook traveled to Australia to watch the transit of Venus, with the scientific goal to be estimation of the distance of Earth to the Sun. Seems like a long way to go for that, but you had to appreciate that other methods of distance estimation weren’t developed. Yesterday I saw Venus through two welding plates, and I tipped my hat to brilliant astronomers of ages gone by….

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=spelunkerd spelunkerd

      [..YouTube..] Captain Cook traveled to Australia to watch the transit of Venus, with the scientific goal to be estimation of the distance of Earth to the Sun. Seems like a long way to go for that, but you had to appreciate that other methods of distance estimation weren’t developed. Yesterday I saw Venus through two welding plates, and I tipped my hat to brilliant astronomers of ages gone by….

    • KJ6EAD

      Once you got a view through a proper telescope, the Martian invasion fleet could be clearly seen coming from behind the planet.

    • Worf

      Tell your grandchildren to put something over that whiteboard screen you’re using, so it’s easier to see the spot as there’ll be more contrast.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrStratofish MrStratofish

      [..YouTube..] Same deal for me, stayed up as the final hour was just after sunrise. Clouded out completely.I was lucky enough to see the 2004 transit though and got a time-lapse of the main part on my channel.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MrStratofish MrStratofish

      [..YouTube..] On top of that, Venus appears bigger than it would really be in comparison due to perspective (sun is 4-5 times further away).And the Sun isn’t even a particularly big star

    • KJ6EAD

      Here’s NASA’s version. Of course, they’ve edited out the Martian ships and added music to distract us from our impending doom.

    • KJ6EAD

      Here’s NASA’s version. Of course, they’ve edited out the Martian ships and added music to distract us from our impending doom.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DFCad1 DFCad1

      [..YouTube..] you seem to be projecting the sun off axis of the binoculars. that probably doesn’t help the clarity.a bit of cardboard with a hole for the bino would probably help.or to be too obvious, just point a video camera on the sun through a welder glass or attach a camera to the bino rather than projection

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=CrocoShack CrocoShack

      [..YouTube..] Earth population : Eclipse shadesDave : Whiteboard, like a boss.

    • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AllAroundBang AllAroundBang

      [..YouTube..] It was cloudy all day straight to the evening. Sadly, it still was when it first showed up, but the rest of the evening was pure awesomeness.

    • Ian

      I was born and raised in England and am now living in the USA with my American wife. I had been anticipating the 2004 transit for 34 years when I first became interested in astronomy. We went to England and I used the same way of projecting the image. This time, I used Fujinon 16×70 binoculars with sun filters over the objective lenses mounted on a tripod. Pointing a Canon S95 at one of the eyepieces, I took these photographs from New Jersey.
      http://opus131.com/venus_transit_2012/index.html