Venus 2018

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Venus 2018

Postby Aratus » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:56 pm

Venus is once again visible in the evening sky. At the moment it is actually on the far side of the sun, and very small. This isn't going to be a good appearance of Venus this year. As the planet gets nearer it will drop towards the horizon, and will roll about there from the summer onwards. It will make observation of Venus as it gets larger very challenging.
Here is the first photo of the season with Venus just 11 arcsecs across, and an almost full disk (91%)
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I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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