Today was a big day for astronomers. It marked the last transit of Venus until 2117. In Rockford, the Rockford Amateur Astronomers gathered at Lockwood Park to share their high powered telescopes with the public for a safe viewing of the event.
One astronomer helped me get a better view by guiding my lens up to the eye piece of his four inch refracting telescope. I couldn’t hold still enough to view the whole sun through my lens but I thought the image turned out pretty cool anyways. It was just neat to see something that won’t happen again for another 105 years.
When I got back to the office, I decided to try one more shot with the same setup I used to photograph the solar eclipse last month. A 300mm f/2.8, 2x teleconverter and a 1.4 teleconverter. I had a total focal length of about 840mm. I shot at ISO 50, f/64 at 1/8000 sec. It was a still over exposed. You clearly need some sort of neutral density filtration which I did not have. But you could still see Venus.
If I’m lucky, I’ll be around to try again next time.