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June 8, 2004 Seen from Cape Hatteras, NC. Transit of Venus. Venus. Photo by Jimmy Westlake at Colorado Mountain College. Sun and Venus Rising Over the Atlantic. Venus. Photo by Brad Kusman. A Closer Look. Venus. Photo by Brad Kusman. A Look Through The 5” Telescope.

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june 8 2004 seen from cape hatteras nc
June 8, 2004

Seen from Cape Hatteras, NC

Transit of Venus

Venus

Photo by Jimmy Westlake at Colorado Mountain College

a closer look
A Closer Look

Venus

Photo by Brad Kusman

a look through the 5 telescope
A Look Through The 5” Telescope

Photo by Brad Kusman and Mark Orsatti

a little closer
A Little Closer

Photo by Brad Kusman and Mark Orsatti

third contact the beginning of the end
Third Contact – The Beginning Of The End

Photo by Brad Kusman

and Mark Orsatti

venus heads off the sun s disk
Venus Heads Off The Sun’s Disk

Photo by Brad Kusman and Mark Orsatti

and the show is almost over
And The Show Is Almost Over!

Venus

Photo by Brad Kusman and Mark Orsatti

how were the photos taken
How Were The Photos Taken?
  • Photos in slides 2, 3 and 9 were taken with a handheld digital camera.
  • All other photos were taken at the prime focus of a 5” Celestron Nexstar Telescope, on loan from Mr. Bob Eckenrode, equipped with a full-aperture baader solar filter.
  • A Miranda-Laborec camera was used with either Fuji Super 200 or Kodak Gold 100 film.
  • Exposures varied from 1/500 through 1/60 seconds.
the venus transit party
The Venus Transit Party
  • Cape Hatteras, NC (notice the lighthouse in photo 2)
  • Photo 1: Mr. O and Brad Kusman, from PA
  • Photo 2: Astronomers who traveled from Texas and western North Carolina to see the event.
  • Set up through email and cell calls, the event hosted these eight astronomers and more than a dozen early beach risers who got to see the event!
and finally
Transits of Venus Normally Happen Only Every 120 Years Or So – Making This A “Once In A Lifetime” Event!

HOWEVER -- Mark Your Calendars:

The next transit of Venus will occur on June 6, 2012!!

Click this link for more information!

Thanks for viewing our slide show.

Groups represented in the slide show:

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

The Kiski SchoolAstronomy Club

The Cleveland County, NC Astronomical Society

Be sure to contact us for the 2012 Venus Transit!

And, finally…..