I had my SkyWatcher 72ED on original Vixen Portamount out on Thursday and caught both easily. I had my wife and daughters come look at them, and both fit, easily, even in the Nagler 13mm T6, which has a 2.4˚ TFOV with that eyepiece at 32.3 power, with Venus' large crescent easily discernible, and even Mercury's gibbous-to-half-full globe visible, too. Was too involved with family matters last night to get a peak, and we just had another incredible hail storm, with cloudy skies forecast until at least Tuesday the 26th. According to Stellarium, although technically still in the western skies, Venus will be REALLY low on the 26th a good 25 minutes after sundown.
I live in one of the flattest places on earth, the Caprock, or Llano Estacado, a huge, flat plain, leveled at the end of the last Great Ice Age, and the largest, most amazingly flat land a person's likely to see, especially at 744 to 1214 meters above sea level, in a very mild grade from south (lower) to north (higher). The end of the movie Castaway was filmed in the Caprock town of Canadian, with Tom Hanks going to deliver the lost package to the artist-woman divorced from her philandering Muscovite husband to give you an idea of this "Sea of grass" as Coronado christened it on Colonial Spaniards' first viewing in the 1540's. Point being, I can get a very clear view of the western horizon (any horizon, actually), but she'll be low on the 26th, and I'm not inclined to view any celestial body that close to the sun in broad daylight, running the risk of frying my optic nerve. No thanks. If I can't catch her on the 26th, I'll have to wait until November and December 2021, when Venus will be a beautiful crescent again in the western skies. If the Fates allow, I'll make it.
Edited by CollinofAlabama, 23 May 2020 - 07:36 PM.