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Old Nov 9, 2006, 9:46 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Not the best quality image but it is unsuaual. I got the opportunity to take a picutre of Mercury as it passed in front of the Sun. Being visually impaired I couldn't see it with my own eyes. But my camera could! The digiscope belonged to a coworker. The LX1 was hand held against the scope eyepiece.



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Old Nov 9, 2006, 3:34 PM   #2
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The scoping equipment details from my coworker:

The equipment that was used for viewing was an Orion 11 x 80 binoculars with solar filters to safely view the sun. These are large aperture binoculars with 11 power (eleven times what you can see with the naked eye) and the 80 means 80mm diametre openings. The average binoculars are 7x35 (seven power and 35mm diametre). The larger opening gives substantially more light gathering capability, thus the ability to better view dim objects.

The solar filters were made from Baader filter film. This is a polymer film with a permeated metal coating that allows for a white image of the sun, making it easier to view sun spots, solar eclipses, and planetary transitions across the sun.

The mount was an Orion Paragon-Plus binocular mount on a Bogen-Manfrotto heavy-duty tripod

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Old Nov 9, 2006, 4:22 PM   #3
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The original cropped only pic:



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