Mercury transit

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Yesterday’s transit of Mercury across the Sun taken during a late afternoon break in the clouds here at Le Gupole. Mercury is the smaller dot to the left; the other mark is a sunspot.

Canon EOS40D with Canon EF 70-200mm lens at 176mm with 3.0 1000x ND filter ISO100 1/8000 at f/18. Handheld shot with the diaphragm  button depressed to reduce the sun’s intensity on my eye!

Timing 2.56 p.m. CEST (UTC+2). Location ~43N 12E