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mike a feist
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Venus Returns!

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Sunday, 30th November 2014, 1540-1550UT: The sky cleared properly after the Sun had disappeared behind Southwick Hill as seen from an upper west-facing window. Using Hawke 70mm scope at lowest zoom, I searched the area about 10 degrees to the left and a bit upwards from the sunset point and........there it was, the small but bright disc of Venus amongst the pylon cables! I even managed to taken a few snaps through the scope which show it. Ten minutes later it disappeared behind the bushes on the hill.
[DANGER:DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU CAN STILL SEE THE SUN!!!!] regards maf
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Venus again! 3rd December 2014: Conditions were very poor but some gaps in the cloud enabled poor views of Venus at 1540-1543 & 1545 when lost to clouds competely. Was unable to photograph the planet this time due to conditions but did record a couple of Herring Gulls flying above the pylons on Southwick Hill! Used Hawke 70mm (x24) from the window. regards maf
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Good evening Mike,
I've been casually searching for Venus myself, during breaks in this lousy weather. I have, until now, been unsuccessful.

So- it is nice to know others have had more luck. Now I know she's visible again, during the late afternoon. I might have more success.
Paul Anthony Brierley
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Located it again just now between 1545 and 1558 when it disappeared into the leafless bushes on Southwick Hil in a slightly different place and did not reappear for a moment as previously. The main problem is that it is only about 11 degrees from the Sun and therefore I certainty would not seek it out it out unless the Sun was hidden - preferably below the local horizon. I used a 102mm f5 at x20 with a straight-through view using an extension tube. Rather unfortunately I realized too late that I had the OG stopped down to 50mm -as I had been projecting the last bits of the setting setting Sun onto the bedroom wall! Still it did work ok as a 50mm f10!
DO TAKE VERY GREAT CARE**************regards maf
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With Venus currently at 3 degrees altitude as the Sun has set for me, 6 degrees further north than you, Mike, I would need perfect conditions and horizon! Might be a few weeks before I can see it. Probably won't mean a Christmas Star this year!

Mark
Scopes: Celestron C8 Classic (Black-1990), Skywatcher Heritage 130P Flexitube (2014).
EPs: Plossls - 24mm, 16mm ES Maxvision 68°; 18mm, 12mm, 8mm BST Explorer 60°; Kellners - 25mm Celestron; 40mm & 9mm Japanese; MA - 25mm & 10mm Skywatcher; Skywatcher 2x Barlow.
Binos: Helios Apollo 15x70. CZJ Jenoptem 10x50W, Manfrotto 679B Monopod/DynaSun WT011H 3/8 TriggerGrip Ballhead, Vanguard PhotoTripod (T-120223AB). Olympus 8x40 DPS I. Halina Discovery 8x30 [x2].
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