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« on: January 28, 2009, 07:16:16 pm »

Far from being a brilliant shot this, but shows the narrowing phase nicely enough....

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 08:55:19 pm »

nice! thats gotta be zoomed really far!

 I spotted Venus during the day yesterday with the naked eye, I was just looking around, and was like HEY thats Venus! Lol
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 09:03:01 pm »

Nice one Paul. Very clear phase. We should be able to make out the phase with the naked eye now during the day. It will look spectacular when at a thin crescent phase. Seeing Venus in daylight really is incredible!
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 12:06:46 am »

Good result Paul and uplifting to know that Venus will only be getting 'better' in both size & phase as it approaches inferior conjunction in late May.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 09:05:51 am »

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inferior conjunction in late May.
March not May.... then it's badly placed in the morning sky until July/August when it's already small & gibbous.

For Feb & March data as follows (date, phase, diameter, elongation, magnitude)
Jan 29, 0.431, 28.7, +46, -4.4
Feb 08, 0.365, 32.8, +44, -4.5
Feb 18, 0.288, 38.0, +41, -4.5
Feb 28, 0.200, 44.4, +35, -4.5
Mar 10, 0.108, 51.6, +26, -4.4
Mar 20, 0.033, 57.6, +12, -4.1
Mar 30, 0.011, 59.1, -4, -3.9

(Data from British Astronomical Association Handbook 2009)

Incidentally Venus is well north of the ecliptic at the time of inferior conjunction (Mar 27) and there is therefore an unusual opportunity to see Venus as morning and evening star on the same date for a few days around this date. (Subject, of course, to having clear east & west horizons & with full cooperation of the Cloud Gods...)
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 02:17:18 pm »

March not May....

Oops! I meant to say 'March' & not 'May' (got the 'M' right at least).

Mental note - I must read my posts before hitting the 'post' button!
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 07:00:38 pm »

Here she is this evening, bouncing around all over the place as usual!



Done with a C80ED on a static tripod with Netbook and webcam, cos that's all I can carry right now!
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2009, 08:10:54 pm »

Nice one.

Very poor transparency here, for about half an hour, now solid cloud again Angry
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2009, 08:21:20 pm »

Nice shot Paul. Large gaps in the cloud here, background sky amazing, have already spotted comet, hope these gaps last!
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2009, 10:20:35 pm »

Well caught Paul.
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2009, 09:47:24 am »

Good couple of shots Paul
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