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 Post subject: Venus in daylight
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
25/6/18: hot and sunny with clear blue skies. To backyard with Acuter spotting scope 16-48x65 on tripod. Sun hidden behind the roof. Venus very high up and nearly 40 degrees from the Sun. Seen between 1605 and 1625 BST. More or less due South. Bright in scope. (#525 obs. Venus in daylight). First this year with last which sighting on 19/8/17 near crescent Moon. Regards maf.o


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 Post subject: Re: Venus in daylight
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:40 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
26/6/18: as per yesterday although started about an hour earlier. 1510-1630 BST. Timed transit of Venus across the fov of the scope at x18 and found to be 10 minutes and so checked the view on and off while doing other things about every 10 minutes to avoid having to re-search for it as altaz tripod. Planet very bright against the slightly whitish blue of the sky. Zooming up produced a reasonable gibbous ( ? ) disc.
At 1630 BST Venus disappeared behind the roof which had hidden the Sun too throughout . The centre of the tripod had been placed over a know spot in the paving which then aligns with the brick edge of the house indicating the meridian (south). If this fine weather continues I should be able to eat silly locate it dai]y.

Much later in the evening attempted to locate Mercury from the park but failed but had a good view of Venus, Jupiter and moons and our Moon and had a lovely view of two foxes in the scope and managed, using binocular, managed to follow a bat as it hunted for its supper! Regards maf


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 Post subject: Re: Venus in daylight
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:30 am 
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This week, Jupiter just clips the top of the trees from this site Mike. Years ago, we had open skies for astronomy, and with nice sunsets through the windows, but not any more. The Council in its ( lack of ) wisdom, decided that we should be boxed in by tall trees. You wouldn't believe the acts of vandalism that the Council gets up to.
There are bats here, too, flitting through the garden. These are Pipistrellas, no bigger than a thumb with their wings folded. They fly in a figure-of-eight, as this is the most efficient feeding pattern.

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