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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
 Interesting night.....  Clear at 6pm, clouds rolling in by 7:30, pretty much 80% clouds by 8:30......socked in 100% at 11:30.
 
I didn't have a chance to do any deep sky imaging, but I did get some video clips done early.
 
Venus tonight......interesting by comparison with Venus on January 14th.  Quite a difference. Both shot through my 104mm Mak-Cass with a 2x barlow.  The camera is a ToUcam Pro II. 
 
Moon shots:   Craters Theophillus & Cyrillus (Mare Nectaris) wide field (no barlow), and with a 2x barlow.     Crater Jannsen clearly shows the limits of a 104mm aperture.  This was shot with a 3x barlow.
 
The seeing looked okay visually, but the objects were boiling in the highly magnified webcam clips.


Image Gallery For This Session
Mare Nectaris 2 Theophillus and Cyrillus 2
Venus 3 2 09 a crater Jannsen 3
venus 6 b3 labeled
   

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Comments:
On 03/08/09 at 10:58pm Barry wrote:
Thanks. Venus is often ignored because of it's cloud covered surface. I didn't realize how much it's apparent size changed (as viewed from earth) until I drew a diagram to explain it's phases to my son. When you see it diagrammed, the size change is obvious.

Unfortunately, my latest attempt at high magnification images of the moon (see 3/6/09 post) was not very successful. The 'seeing' has to be well above average for my small aperture scope to have any clarity at high mag.

On 03/08/09 at 08:23pm Jeff wrote:
I love your moon shots, and the venus shots are cool. I dont think many people know venus has phases just like the moon. Keep up the good work.

Jeff.



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