20 June 2012 | Print page |
Amateur astronomer Oliver Stiehler captures Transit of Venus in front of the sun using solar telescope and AVT Manta G-125B monochrome camera.
On June 6, 2012 a spectacular astronomical phenomenon could be observed from many places on Earth: Venus transited between the Earth and the sun, causing a black spot to appear on the surface of the sun. In clear weather, anyone could see Venus passing by the sun with their own eyes, but professional and amateur astronomers could not pass up the chance to observe and capture this unique event on their telescopes: to most people, a Venus transit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the next one is expected for December 2117.
Oliver Stiehler is an enthusiastic amateur astronomer and photographer from Germany. Capturing images of astronomic phenomena with various cameras fitted on his telescope, he generates stop-motion videos of the course of planets, satellites or even of the international space station. Spectacular images can be seen on his website.
The June 6 Venus transit was visible in Germany at sunrise. Stiehler drove especially to the Baltic Sea coast in the North of Germany where he expected the sky to be clearest and captured spectacular images of the phenomena using various cameras including an AVT Manta G-125B monochrome camera fitted on a Coronado SolarMax 90 solar telescope with H-alpha filter.
» See images on Stiehler’s web page