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.
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.