My attempts at astro imaging

Preparing for the Venus transit of the sun 2012


I have a 200mm zoom for my DSLR and I remembered I bought a 52 to 58mm step up adapter so I could use my light pollution filter with this lens – but as usual I never did! Anyway….. I got a small bit of Baader solar film and cut round the adapter with a stanley knife and stuck it on with insulating tape. I think it loooks pretty good and on looking through it at the sun all was good. I took a test shot – 1/2500s and again it looks OK, the only slight concern I have is will a 200mm lens be enough to see Venus? Attached are a couple of images of the filter and also a full frame and crop of the sun setting over the houses tonight (hence the sharp cutouts!).

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