050916 Mercury transit

Submitted by jimwcoleman

After getting shots of the rare Venus transit back in 2012, I was looking forward to getting some shots of the May 9 Mercury transit, as well. In 2012, it was difficult due to the typical Pacific Northwest cloud cover. That was true today, as well, but I was patient and I managed to get the shots. Another thing that made it difficult was the fact that I was shooting through the trees. What you see in the photos here are not clouds, they are fir needles and branches, making focus extremely difficult. I will likely post more over on my other website: http://www.thenakedastronomer.com.

Submitted by swingin on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:52

I have the same problem with trees all around my house, do you know anybody that wants em? Id love to cut em down. There pretty messy too!


Submitted by jimwcoleman on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:49

Uggh. Gotta love 'em, gotta hate 'em ... even today, the trees almost blocked my ISS transit ... but what can I do ... I've cut as many of 'em down as I can get away with ... :)


Submitted by swingin on Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:04

If you know anybody that wants some wood, and knows how to cut safely they can have some of mine. Only as many as I can get past the wife though. Some of them are pretty close to the house :\