We’re less than two weeks away from the transit of Mercury – when Mercury will travel across the face of our Sun. You can find out more on this event here.
It is important to remember that, as the Sun is involved in this celestial event, care and safety are paramount and the proper “Solar safety” equipment are needed. We have listed some from Celestron and Baader Planetarium in some recent blogs.
In addition to viewing the transit event, you may want to record this event.
You can do so with your smartphone attached to your telescope’s eyepiece (along with suitable Solar safety equipment of course!) with Celestron’s NexYZ smartphone adaptor. No laptop, cables and cable tangles to worry about either! This adaptor allows you to attach your smartphone to an eyepiece and to make adjustments to the smartphone camera lens position relative to the eyepiece in order to get “that perfect shot”. Its also easy to detach too, so you can quickly and easily swap between taking images and viewing the transit.
You can read more about the NexYZ in an earlier blog here and see some quick (Lunar imaging) results here. Celestron have also produced a useful “Tips and Tricks” guide to taking photos through the NexYZ which you can read here.