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    Default Eclipse and Venus - what a surprise!

    Tonight I set up my Lunt35mm and ES102ED with a Baader filter to watch the eclipse and sunset at a lookout where I could see right down to the level horizon (low hills with trees 3 km away). Some friends and one of their children showed up as well. Solar glasses and a pair of binos with Baader filters rounded out the instruments. A beautiful sight all the way down as everyone rotated from one view to another and the moon advanced into the sun. The big spot and the flares were special. The oohs and ahhs really came out as the partial sun dipped behind the trees. After a short wait to be sure the sun was really gone, t the filter was removed from the 102ED. The refracted light glinting off the branches was spectacular. Everybody took a peak...
    THEN - When looking through the 102 I noticed a white spot tracking toward the horizon just beside where the sun had gone down (trees make good reference points!). Same speed too. It lasted maybe a minute. Looks like a planet, but there isn't anything nearby. WRONG!!! I had to check. Sure enough Venus is 1.1° from the sun. I cannot believe I saw it. Didn't think it was possible. Still all tingly. Kind of makes up for months of lousy weather and clouds.
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    Default Re: Eclipse and Venus - what a surprise!

    Nice report Eric, thanks for sharing it!

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