Early morning May 7th some amateur astronomers in Vorarlberg packed
their gear to observe the Mercury transit from the Bödele
above Dornbirn. We had some beatiful weather, and while there
were few visitors, TV and Radio came and we had to do some interviews...
All images of the sun below were taken with a Vixen
R-130S newtonian telescope on a Super Polaris mount, with a Nikon
Coolpiyx 4500, which was coupled to the scope using a VIxen digital
camera adaptor and a Vixen LV12mm eyepiece. I used the very good
Baader Astro Solar filter film . Click on the thumbnails for larger
Mercury is the small round point to the lower right
The difference in size between sun and mercury was impressive
Closeup image of the lone sunspot near the center of the
On the limb some bright areas could be seen around
a sunspot group rotating out of view.
Alois Ortner (left) talking to Robert
Seeberger, in the background you can see Alois sun-projection
Alois taking some images through a
My Vixen R-130S with a Baader Astro-Solar
filter, ready for transit observing. Notice the digital camera
adapter in the focuser.