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    Has anyone seen Venus lately? Gosh, it's so beautiful and bright. Especially on the 17th when it paired with the moon. Absolutely fantastic view.

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    Default Re: Venus

    Yup, it was right next to the Pleiades tonight. Awesome!
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    Yes, last weekend we had the scope out.

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    I've seen it a few times in the evening over to the west, just after sunset.
    Lovely sight
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    Last time I had the Z10 out I checked it out, featureless, but you could see its phase
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    Focused on it last night at an outreach event at an elementary school. Only one of a crowd of 80 people identified it as Venus before using the telescope. As it got darker in the sky it looked to me to be 7/8th or may 90% or so - not quite full, but a nice big ball at 110x. There was too much moisture in the air to put on any higher power... not that it would give anymore definition any way. Explaining Venus' atmosphere and relating it to what our's may become if we don't stop putting CO2 and methane in the air gets people's attention.
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    I viewed Venus tonight, my fist time as I am a new to the astronomy hobby. Seeing was average and transparency was above average on this cloudless night. I viewed it with a few different FL eyepieces. Mainly, with my 4.5mm Morpheus, which gives me 266x. It was so bright! Perhaps a filter would help to view Venus? I couldn't see any detail, just could make out that it was a disc or orb rather than a star. It looked like a complete disc or 100% to my eyes or darn close. Is there a website that tells Venus' phase on a nightly basis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauntman View Post
    I viewed Venus tonight, my fist time as I am a new to the astronomy hobby. Seeing was average and transparency was above average on this cloudless night. I viewed it with a few different FL eyepieces. Mainly, with my 4.5mm Morpheus, which gives me 266x. It was so bright! Perhaps a filter would help to view Venus? I couldn't see any detail, just could make out that it was a disc or orb rather than a star. It looked like a complete disc or 100% to my eyes or darn close. Is there a website that tells Venus' phase on a nightly basis?
    A Moon filter or a variable polarizing filter will help cut the glare down to tolerable levels. Venus is pushing about 88.7% illumination presently.

    Any astro app worth its salt should tell you Venus' present phase. Stellarium does a good job too, I believe. I use Sky Safari.

    This is a pretty good resource for planet and other solar system information: https://in-the-sky.org/data/planets.php

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    Default Re: Venus

    I am waiting Venus to get closer to the sun which means when it is getting out in the East direction, it more bright that direction to us, only i have to make sure i can get it before the sunrise, or when it is still in the sky late night before it is very close to the sun and only by twilight it is visible, but my only interest is to find a good cheap [UV] filter so i can shoot Venus at best showing details or clouds.

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