On May 9th 2016, Mercury passed between the earth and the sun, starting just after 12pm, and concluding at around 6pm. During this time, the tiny planetary disc of Mercury could be seen traversing the Sun’s disc via a wide range of observation and imaging techniques.
SEKAS members met up at the Paddock and spent a very nice afternoon watching and imaging the transit using a variety of different kit, ranging from Alan Snook’s projection solar scope, to telescopes and cameras filtered using numerous solar filtering techniques (mostly based upon Baader solar film, or glass filers of various types). A good time was had by all who attended. For those who unfotunately couldn’t attend, some of us set up at home to observe and image also. The fruits of the day’s imaging can be seen here. Thanks to all who attended and contributed the images below. If I’ve missed any please let me know, and I’ll add them in.
Video by Adam Leach, from a time-lapse of the transit taken at two minute intervals. Some frames missed out due to cloud, and ended abruptly due to a complete cloud-out!