Venus at 240x

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Venus at 240x
Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, December 29, 2013 3:46 AM

On Saturday evening, my wife and I had the time to pull the smallest one of our Dobs, a 6" f/8 Orion SkyQuest XT6, out of the garage in order to observe our "sister" planet.  The skies had started to grow cloudy earlier in the afternoon but were clear enough at sunset to warrant the effort.  My 8-24mm Vixen zoom eyepiece produced a range of magnifications of 50 to 150x with the XT6.  My 5mm Nagler Type 6 boosted the power to 240x. 

Venus had an apparent diameter of 57.6 arc seconds and was illuminated just 6.2% at the time. 

We invited one of our neighbors to have a look.  She was fascinated by what she saw. 

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by stepping beyond on Monday, December 30, 2013 5:45 PM
Venus was definately larger visibly than before , last night videoing with my Star shoot ll. An awesome sight inthe Nagler 3-6 at 5mm. thanks Dave
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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:41 PM

I took some afocal images of Venus that evening.  One of them can be seen at http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/m/planets/489454.aspx  

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Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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