What a lovely crescent...
Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:34 PM
I remembered that Venus was in its crescent phase and I probably have not viewed Venus in such in phase in over fifteen years. So I moved my Dob around a tree and put the Telrad right on the Venus.
What an extraordinarily lovely crescent! In my 26 mm (47x), it looked like a perfectly formed "C" hanging in space! It was quite bright, too....the diffraction effects of my spider vanes were quite visible and indeed had a prismatic effect on the scattered light.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:00 PM
I looked at it naked eye tonight before I came in to make dinner. I was again able to detect the crescent shape with my unaided eye.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:22 PM
With my eyes and a lot of blinking (I wear gas-permeable lenses), I felt that I could detect that the evening star was not all that symmetrical, that the "spikiness" I see in stars seemed to be concentrated on the side facing the western horizon.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:25 PM
Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:09 PM