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#1 Ed D

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:56 AM

The only two sketches of Venus that I have were done almost two years ago during a gibbous phase. It is currently in a beautiful crescent phase which I decided to sketch. Upon close observation there is quite a bit of detail that can be seen. It's not just a bright little sliver in the sky. The best time for planetary observation is during morning or evening twilight, this observation done during the evening. The background sky of this sketch is not the usual dark black that I use in my other planetary sketches, as this observation was done while the sky was still bright.

Thanks for looking,
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#2 Jef De Wit

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:00 PM

Simpel but beautiful. I like it!

#3 Tamas Bognar

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

Beautiful!!
I really like the drawing mood. We should learn to write so nicely!

#4 frank5817

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:28 PM

Ed,

A great looking Venus sketch.

Frank :)

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:23 PM

Very nicely done.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 09:14 PM

Michael, the rounding of the cusps and the soft terminator are actually good catches for Venus, IME. It's too bright for me (usually after sundown) and too often hidden behind the afternoon cloud build up and the neighbor's two story apartment. The thin crescent must have been a wonderful sight. I'm happy for you, nice observation and accompanying sketch.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 10:24 PM

Nice one, Ed. I love Venus in crescent phase.

#8 Aquarellia

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:36 AM

Sympa ! Very nice indeed !

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:07 AM

Ed,
Great sketch. I did catch Venus the other night in between clouds with my 10 X 30 binoculars and saw a nice crescent. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:35 PM

Lovely sketch Ed!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:22 PM

Ed,

Very nice sketch of Venus :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#12 Ed D

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:44 PM

Thank you everyone for all the kind words. This sketch was actually not as simple to do as first appears. Details included the fuzzy appearance of the terminator, the shadowing of the cusps and horns, and shadowing of the dark planetary disk. It actually took several tries to get it right. I had forgotten one very important observing note in my sketch that I added, which is having observed 'The Ashen Light'. This is the appearance similar to our moon when observed as a very young or old crescent and the dark portion is feebly visible. (Sky Watcher's Handbook, James Muirden, pg 66)

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:56 AM

That's a superb drawing Ed.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:17 AM

So Ed with your confirmation this is not now a "Christmas card" but a document because you catched the AL.
Good report, put it in my files here.
Good skies and merry Christmas to you and to all.
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#15 Ed D

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 09:29 AM

Merry Christmas!

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