Venus and the Nighthawk
Oh sure, NASA got some incredible images of the Venus transit yesterday, but you didn't need a space telescope or a platform in orbit to get some beautiful images. Some sweet camera equipment helps, though. Frequent Air & Space contributor Ed Darack found a spot just outside of Carr, Colorado, and used a 600 mm lens (those are...big) with a 2x teleconvertor, making it effectively a 1200 mm lens (that is...zoomy). Darack set up a tripod, locked his camera's mirror up, and used a remote release -- and with a little luck, caught both Venus and a nighthawk dancing across the sun. A forest fire in the area spitting ash into the atmosphere gives the image even more interest: the life and chaos of three solar system objects in one shot.
Photo: Ed Darack