Venus Update feb observations
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:26 AM
feb 11,venus at ra 20.55 -18/19 at mag -3.9 an closing in on sun only 11.3 west an cannot be seen in finder no longer. Steadily moving away from earth,an still 5 degrees lower than sun so ill watch it as long as i can.Still a nice pretty site in my c-8 using 300x power an filters 47 violet n 21 orange,but no serious observations can be made until mid may when it emerges from behind the sun an starts its move towards the earth.maybe i can catch any phase changes as it moves below the sun in superior conjunction,but for now its mercury with all my attention.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:39 PM
FEB 18 venus closing in on the sun about 8 deg west an 4 deg south.anxious to see how close i can still see it in about two weeks.mag still -3.9 heading to superior conjunction.still a nice pronounced while ball an not much else to see.will b a few months before to really make out some markings an bright spots which have make a few apperances at the south an north horns in half phase.12.28 EST