I walked to a spot with a good view of the western horizon on Tuesday afternoon at sunset and was able to sweep up Venus with Celestron Ultima 10x50s. The temperature was a balmy 8 degrees F (-13 degrees C), with a "real feel" temperature of -10 degrees F (-23 degrees C). The planet was just above the treeline, a few degrees above the horizon. It was faintly visible without optical aid. At the time, Venus subtended 62 arc seconds and was illuminated just 0.8%.
Venus appeared as a thin, concave-upward crescent through the 10x50s. I likened it to the planetary equivalent of a lunar "boat". At 10x, Venus looked a lot like it does in the photo posted at http://spaceweathergallery.com/full_image.php?image_name=sousuke-yamauchi-1024-P1076254_1389184982.jpg
This will most likely be my last view of the planet until after its January 11th inferior conjunction.
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.