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Venus May 29


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About this observation
Andrew Paterson
Time of observation
29/05/2020 - 20:15
Crescent Venus
Observing location
Hill Head
Nikon Coolpix P900
1/200 s F6.5 ISO 400

A camera image of the very thin crescent of Venus taken five days before its upcoming very close inferior conjunction. Venus was not visible to the naked eye because of low altitude (4 deg) , brightness of the sky and faintness of the thin crescent . Even with binoculars it was a fairly difficult object.

Viewing Venus telescopically today (May 30) there was perhaps a hint of cusp extension.  The difficulty is with a very thin crescent there is a tendency to imagine completing the circle.

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