The 2004 Venus Transit


Just as last year for the Mercury transit (see here), we (some enthousiastic guys from the Planetary Missions Division of ESA/ESTEC)  have observed the Venus transit from  ESTEC. These two pages show what we did. Click on the images below to enlarge them!
 

Preparation            The day of the transit - Venus             People          Equipment



 
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A Celestron 5" telescope with projection screen. In the background Agustin Chicarro, Mars Express Project Scientist.
 

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A 102 mm Vixen refractor with projection screen. This telescope actually gave the most impressive views of the sun in white light (high res - 1.8 MB)

 


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A 6" f/9 Meade refractor with an Astrovid 2000 video camera, Thousand Oaks glass filter (high res - 1.5 MB).

 

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In the grey box there is a video recorder and a monitor. Note the umbrella - important to increase the visibility of the image on the monitor! The box is the same used in ESA's meteor campaigns (high res - 834 kB). I am explaining what's visible to Johannes Riedinger.


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A 10" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain with a H-alpha filter (high res - 15 MB). The lady under the black cloth is Monica Talevi.
 

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Here you can see the H-alpha filter - the silver round item close to the eyepiece. It filters out the red light of the H-alpha line, which let's us see prominences.


This page prepared by dvk, 03 Jul 2004.
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