Venus is now a very thin

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Nick James

Venus is now a very thin crescent only 11 degrees from the Sun. It reaches its closest angular distance on Saturday when it will be 8 degrees away. This is a video from this afternoon in windy conditions. Don’t try this unless you really know what you are doing. Pointing a telescope anywhere near the Sun can be very dangerous. The picture is a single still from the video. At some point I need to put this through Registax.

The video was shot with a Canon 550D in 640×480 centre crop video mode using a Celestron 6 with a x2 Barlow.