Hi. I'm Skip...

Rocket scientist...tech geek...husband...Dad. The name of my site refers to a line from my favorite movie. See my 1st blog post for more on the genesis of the name, but essentially it means don't EVER hold back.

Venus Transit Scope Setup


Here is a brief description of my setup for the Venus Transit. I have a 10" SkyQuest Dobsonian telecope...

The solar filter is an off-axis glass AstroZap filter that I ordered from Company Seven (great place to get a scope by the way)...

My camera (or maybe I should say my wife's camera that gets to "moonlight" occasionally as an astrophotography camera) is a Canon EOS Rebel with a homemade aluminum adapter ring that attaches directly to my focuser assembly. I also have an IR remote I use to take the photos...

I took a few test shots of the Sun this past weekend to try out my new filter. The Sun had a few sun spots on Saturday, so it proved to be a good day to take some test images. I wasn't quite in focus in this image, but pretty close. Honestly I'm more excited about getting to see the Venus Transit with my own eyes, getting a few good images is just icing on the cake!

A Very Cloudy Venus Transit

Transit of Venus 2012

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