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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:26 pm 
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And now for something completely different, as they say...
1/9/18: 1545-1550 BST. Located Venus, rather low in the south, on a clear, warm and sunny afternoon, although the sky was quite milky blue. The Sun, of course, was hidden behind the house. Venus appeared as a neat, fat, tilted crescent (although as it is getting narrower perhaps should call it a decrescent!). Had spent sometime unsuccessfully searching for it, noticed a bird of prey (a kestrel maybe) and swung scope to look a to it and...there was Venus! (Venus in Daylight obs.#539).
2/9/18. 1600 BST. Repeated previous Venus crescent sighting (without the bird of prey!) . Same conditions and scope. (Venus in daylight obs.#540).
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:46 pm 
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Sunday 23/9/18. 1520-1525 BST. Sky finally blue with passing bits of cumulus cloud. Venus as crescent located low in the due south from backgarden. Using Nikon 60mm spotting-scope. Nice view! Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:18 am 
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Hmmm, I must try this, Mike. It sounds difficult, but the view would be worth it.

I have enjoyed observed Jupiter in fairly light evening conditions, as I imagine many others on this forum have, and I've noticed the difference in the view of the planet. Whilst I love the view against a dark sky, I also appreciate the increased 3-D sense of curvature and subtle differences in belt detail offered by a light sky view.

So now, I've just got to try to befriend one of our birds of prey! :)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:07 pm 
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Tuesday, 25/09/18. Until 1844 BST. Scanned the horizon after the Sun had not long set behind Southwick Hill and...yes, there was Venus, as an upright tiny crescent passing behind the various bits and pieces of a pylon and finally disappearing behind the row of bushes along the path up and across the hill, and last seen at 1844 BST. First noticed at about 1839 BST using handheld 8x32 binoculars and then using 8x42 Endurance ED Hawke monocular, rested on the window catch and through the double glazing, to watch it finally disappear. An unexpected observation! And following that...
Jupiter setting behind the hill at 2002 BST about a fov of monocular to the right of where Venus had set. And then...
Saturn setting behind the hill at 2221 BST about a fov of monocular to the left of where Venus had set.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:05 pm 
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Repeated the Venus setting observation on 27/9/18 (Friday) this time with Sun just above and about to set behind bushes on Southdown Hill. Closed the right-hand curtain to hide the Sun at 1825 BST and viewed from the room, finding Venus at that time through the left-hand window and followed the neat crescent as it passed behind cables on the pylons and finally set behind the bushes, and a bit further to the left than previously, at 1834 BST. By then the Sun was well set behind the hill. Used Nikon spotter as before. Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:21 am 
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A double-dose of Venusian (Cytherian) Crescent sightings on Monday 1/10/18.
Observation #544: 1435-1445 BST. Crescent Venus seen from backgarden using Nikon spotting scope. Low in the south, and near to culmination, through and between cumuli and higher broken cloudlet-sheets.
Observation #545: 1812-1817 BST. Venus seen from upper window using Nikon. Crescent Venus setting down passed the cables on the pylons and bushes on Southwick Hill, just before or after the Sun disappeared behind the hill. Regards maf.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:13 pm 
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10/10/18: Wednesday 1414-1426 BST: Used Acuter 16-48x65, from back garden, with Sun hidden behind the house. Located Venus almost immediately as a neat, thin, tilted crescent and pretty low down (I believe that it now sets before the Sun!). Followed it for a while but had to keep re-positioning the tripod and finally lost it. Also used a #25 Red filter held between my eye and the eyepiece and this enable a zoomed-up image to be well seen too. The sky was clear and blue but rather whitish in the south, and the filter help here. Regards maf.(obs # 546).


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:54 pm 
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13/10/18: Saturday, 1417-1425 BST. Break in solid cloud cover enabled a short view of thin tilted crescent Venus actually through thin cloud, from the garden. Somewhat past the meridian and low down above the southern rooftops. Used Acuter 65mm zoom scope.(Obs. #547). Regards maf.


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