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    Very exciting night last night! Revisited Jupiter, saw half of Venus, and two galaxies (finally). My 11 yr. old and I did most of our viewing last winter and early spring, but haven't been out in a long time (just too hot in southern Louisiana). When we were active, our favorites were Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and the Orion Nebula. Not only were they our favorites, they were pretty much the only things of interest that we found despite much searching. Had many disappointing nights looking for galaxies to no avail. Ithink we were relying too much on high power, which is great once you find something but obviously not great for searching.
    Anyway, a few nights ago I saw something in the area we were viewing Jupiter last winter, so told him we should haul out the scope again and revisit Jupiter. Of course, I'm too astronomically ignorant to know that we're looking at a whole different sky right now. When we saw an image of half a planet, I figured it had to be Venus - a new find for us! Obviously a planet from the size, and figured with the half-moon like appearance it had to be Venus due to its relative proximity to the sun. Had no idea Venus went through phases like that. Actually made it much more interesting to look at. Went out at just the right time, cause 5 minutes later it was behind the neighbor's roof. On the other side of the sky, we did find Jupiter and 3 moons instead of the 4 we saw last winter (did some reading on here to find out what was up with that).
    Also I resisted my urges and stuck to LOW power to do our searching, and we finally found a couple galaxies! Switched to my 9mm/2x Barlow for a better look once they were in view.
    Weather's getting better here now, so many more exciting nights lie ahead. We were going to bring the scope out to my parents' house last night where we can get them involved and won't have as much interference from street lights, but we figured we better spend a night first seeing just what's out there this time of year to look at.
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    Hey there yzthumpa,
    I haven't gotten the chance to take a peek at Venus just yet. But a program that i use to track object in the sky is stellarium

    Works quite well for me (have used my scope one full week tomorrow..)

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    Default Re: Venus (or half of it, at least)

    I live in North Carolina ,and had 5 nights of viewing till we got hit with the VOLCANIC HEAT.I've had scope for more than 6 mos.and lovin it.

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    Nice

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    haven't been able to see Venus yet - very exciting - thanks

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    Default Re: Venus (or half of it, at least)

    Hi yzthumpa! As already mentioned a download of Stellerium(and it's free) will go a long way towards letting you know whats 'up' in your night skies. It's fantastic that you get to spend time at the ep with your son.
    Keep us updated on the visit to the folks.

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    Sorry folks, this is an old post, and I see the original poster hasn't been active since Sept of 2011. Hopefully he will come back sometime to visit us again.
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