SOLAR SYSTEM
Images of Solar System Objects taken at Land of Oz Observatory
Comet 17p Holmes: The above image is an integration of ten 35 second exposures taken through
the 80mm aperture APO refractor at f/3.75, using the Orion StarShoot 1-shot color CCD camera.  
These images were taken between 7:20 and 7:27 PM on the evening of 11/6/2007. Images
captured and combined in Maxim DL Essentials, with further processing in Photoshop CS.
Comet 17p Holmes: The above image, captured on the evening of October 27th, 2007, is an integration
of 20 35 second exposures through the 80mm APO refractor at f/3.75, using the Orion StarShoot 1 shot
color CCD camera. Captured in Maxim DL Essentials and post-processed using Photoshop CS.
Comet Lulin (2007 N3): The above image is an animation of three 60 sec. exposures taken through
the 80mm (3.1") APO Refractor on the evening of March 16th, 2009. The first image was captured at
10:00PM, the second at 10:55PM, and the last at 11:55PM.  The movement of Comet Lulin against
the background stars  was quite noticeable each time I went back to observe it during the night. The
bright star at the lower right corner of the image is Delta Geminorum.
Below are images of the June 5th 2012 transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun,
an event that will not occur again this century!
The November, 2006 Transit of Mercury: Photographed through the 4-inch Meade SCT using
a Thousand Oaks metal-coated glass solar filter. Photo taken using the afocal method using a
small digital camera through a 25mm Plossl Eyepiece. Another transit of Mercury will not occur
until 2016.
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The five images above show the progress of Venus during the first hour of the transit, from first contact until the
planet was well inside the disc of the sun.  These images were taken through a Meade 4-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain
telescope using a Thousand Oaks metal-coated glass filter. The images were taken with a digital camera using the
afocal method, shooting through a 20mm eyepiece at
f/10.                                                                                                                                                                  CLICK ON
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