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Image of the day 11/20/2019

    2019 Transit of Mercury, 


            Matt Harbison

    2019 Transit of Mercury

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: Lunt 80mm ED Lunt 80 + Ca-K  ·  Lunt Solar Systems Lunt 80 BF1800

    Imaging cameras: QHY 174MC Cooled QHY174MC Cooled

    Mounts: Astro-Physics 1100 GTO

    Software: Autostakkert! 2 AutoStackert! 2  ·  FireCapture 2.4

    Filters: Lunt 1800 Blocking Filter

    Accessory: Hinode Solar Guider  ·  Lunt 1800 Blocking Filter  ·  Lunt Ca-K 1800 Blocking Filter

    Resolution: 5200x3250

    Locations: Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tn, United States

    Data source: Traveller


    The 2019 Transit of Mercury- Captured with my Calcium K filters+ Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope. Taken at Cloudland Canyon State Park with the Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga, November 11th, 2019.

    Image explanation: 10 second video and single images were collected every minute during the 5 hour event. We were lucky to have the ingress and egress visible from our location. I have some very nice video of birds flying in front of the sun with Mercury making it's ingress. Throughout the morning until 11 a.m. we enjoyed clear skies, with intermittent clouds persisting until egress. While editing, clouds kept filling the background stacks so I left them. The transit data is a stack of the best single frames out of 250gb of data!

    It's a wild looking photo, but should be pretty accurate to the data collected. Northern orientation is correct in the photo with the Ingress taking place on the Eastern Limb of the Sun and Egress on the Western Limb.



    Matt Harbison
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    2019 Transit of Mercury, 


            Matt Harbison