The Return of Venus!

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Had my first view of Venus and Mercury this apparition, this evening at 18.20UT. Venus was easily picked up unaided eye, and then pinkish Mercury was found higher and to the right using 10x50 binoculars. :)
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That’s good to hear Brian. I was hopeful myself, but the only patch of sky that was cloudy was the bit right where Venus and Mercury were. Looking forward to seeing them again though, weather permitting. Are they still in the same binocular field of view?

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13th March 2018. Venus and Mercury seen. Very clear sky. Used 12-34x50 Endurance scope, 15x50 Hawke Monocular and unaided-eye. Planets were first seen at 1815 with Mercury about a monocular fov above and to the right of Venus, and from the upstairs bedroom. Then both planets were visible for some time from the downstairs sitting room, with the television and light on, with me sitting on the settee, using the handheld monocular. They could seen also with the unaided-eye! Final views were from the upper room. Venus disappeared at 1901 and Mercury at 1920, behind Southwick Hill. regards maf.
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Venus, Mercury & a Star
16th March 2018, used 10x50 Hawke monocular (tripod-mounted) at the upper west-facing window. The sky was mostly clear after sunset, but with a few strips of cloud here and there.
Both planets were located at 1825 and were separated by about 3/4 of the fov, with Mercury above and to the right, at the 1 o'clock position. By 1911, I noticed "a faint star" to the left of, and very slightly lower than Mercury. At first I though perhaps it was a "ghost" of Mercury produced by the scope or even the double glazing but soon proved that this was not the case. (By opening the window and rotating the scope.) So I checked the rough RA and dec of Mercury = 0h 48m and +7d 44m, and found that this really was a star. Delta Piscium (about magnitude 4.5) is at roughly RA 0h 49m and dec +7d 35m. An interesting addition to this series of observations. regards maf
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19th March 2018. Clouds cleared at sunset. Used 10x50 on tripod from upper window. Located VENUS, MERCURY & crescent MOON with Earthshine at 1840. At 1907 noticed a star about 1/2 deg off the north cusp of the Moon. Later identified as nu Piscium (4.5 mag).VENUS set behind Southwick Hill at 1920 with MERCURY still 1/2 fov up but heading for a nearby huge tree! Regards maf
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yes, completely a clear sky till horizon yesterday, very lucky to saw this easily, it was nice.
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Ohhhh, that’s a lovely picture.

I thought I would be out of luck this evening, with some cloud over the horizon around 6:00pm, but it cleared after a short while and I was able to get a glimpse of Venus and Mercury around 7:03pm from an upstairs window. Both were nestled above a subtle peach orange glow on the horizon. It was such a beautiful sight.

I’ve just returned from an evening walk. The waxing crescent is very prominent in the West. There was noticeable earthshine this evening too, which is always fascinating to see. I had a quick look at the crescent in my 8x56, in early twilight, when the earthshine really stood out.

During my walk a brightening, moving point of light caught my eye. It brightened and faded very quickly, and I suspect it was an Iridium flare, but I’ll have to check to confirm it.

Best wishes, Jeff.
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Hello chaps, got a long awaited view of Venus, intermittently, through potholes in the clouds from 18.10 ut. My 90mm refractor x82 gave the best view. A bright, slightly gibbous disc, but the seeing was too unsteady for a higher powered look. Mercury was clouded out.
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20/03/18 - 18:30. Finally some break in the clouds over east Leeds. Managed to get my first sight of Venus through some breaks in the cloud, mercury was obscured by cloud though.
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21st March. Saw VENUS again but MERCURY lost in clouds, BUT enjoyed te CRESCENT MOON + Earthshine plus a nearby star. Used 12-36X50 spotter on a tripod from the upper window. At 1942. Then noticed an obvious star being approached by the Moon's southern cusp although it seemed unlikely to be occulted. By 1957 conditions deteriorated and I gave up. However at 2030 the Moon became clear again and the star had now passed way beyond the cusp without being occulted, and this was followed until 2055. The star was identified as 5 Tauri -perhaps about 4.5 mag. Managed to take a photograph and make a small sketch.regards maf
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2018 March 25, 1730 to 1735 and 1745 to 1800 UT. Venus. 90mm refractor f910mm, x2 Televue barlow and 11mm Televue plossl eyepiece, x165, filters w25 red, w15 yellow, w80A blue. Sky bright, transparency good, seeing Antoniadi IV (III for a brief time at 1745 UT). Phase estimated at 95% in w15 filter. The disc was a uniform cream hue in integrated light (intensity 2 on the BAA Venus section scale). No limb band visible, terminator geometrically regular, neither cusp cap visible.
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That's a very detailed observation, Bob. Thanks for sharing. I nipped out at 1756 UT and saw Venus using an 8x56 binocular. At this point Venus was approximately 20 degrees above the WSW horizon (257 azimuth), with the sun still four degrees above the horizon. Fairly easy to spot in the binocular.

No sign of Mercury for me, and I've followed Venus until about 1945 UT, on and off. There seemed to be some annoying strands of cloud covering where Mercury should be, and then it had drifted too low for me to spot, I think.

I love following Venus. There is a fascination with knowing what it is you are looking at. I'll have to see if I can get a telescopic view soon. Your observation has whetted my appetite Bob.

Best wishes, Jeff.
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2018 April 19 1715-1755UT, 90mm refractor f10, x2 TV barlow and 10mm aspheric x182. Seeing Ant IV - III. Sky bright, transparency fair. Disc diameter 11 arcsec. Phase estimate 92% with W15 yellow filter. Disc intensity 2 to 3 on BAA Venus scale, bright limb clearly defined and limb band not visible, terminator geometrically regular and even intensity 4, neither cusp cap visible.
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2018 May 08, 2000 UT. 90mm achromatic refractor f10 x114 8mm TV plossl. Seeing Ant IV, transparency good, sky bright twilight. Disc diameter 12 arcsec, Seeing too poor for anything other than an estimate of the phase - 87% by eye with W15 yellow filter, comparing eyepiece view and interpolating with 5% incremental phase profile diagrams.
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2018 June 07, 20.50 UT. 80mm achromatic refractor f11.4, x165 with 11mm Tele Vue plossl and x2 TV Barlow. Seeing Ant IV to III at times, transparency good, sky - twilight. Disc diameter 13.6 arcsec. Phase estimated at 78% by eye with W15 yellow filter, comparing the eyepiece view and interpolating with 5% incremental phase profile diagrams. The general disc hue was 2, the terminator region 3, the limb was well defined and estimated at 1.5 on the BAA Venus scale. Cusp caps not visible.
Best wishes, Bob
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