Images taken from this location using our Meade ETX90 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope.
Image taken on the evening of 10th Jan 2009. The moon was at it's closest to the earth for 2009, being 357,500 kilometers from Earth. The Moon does not orbit Earth in a perfect circle. Instead, it follows an elliptical path that brings it 50,000 kilometres closer to our planet on one side of its orbit (called perigee) than the other (apogee).
DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN WITH A TELESCOPE WITHOUT THE CORRECT FILTERS
Image taken in the morning, showing the Transit of Venus. The previous transit was in 1882, so no living person had observed this until 2004. The next visible transit will be 5-6th June 2012. If the transit is visible, we hope to get more pictures, including the teardrop phase.
Alas, it was cloudy and rain on the 6th June, 2012. No observation was possible.
Next Transit will be 8th December, 2125 so only another 103 years to wait ...