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May 18/19, 2004: Some digital images of Venus

On May 18th and 19th I took some images of Venus in the western evening sky. Venus is still very bright with a magnitude of -4.0. Through my big binoculars it looked like a small crescent moon. At the moment about 1/10 of the surface is lit by the Sun. Looking through the telescope I realized how big the diameter is at the moment (49.1"). Here are some images I took during

My observations:





This image was shot on May 18th at 18.44 UT with the Coolpix 4500 mounted on a tripod. Here you see the bright Venus just above the tree. Exp. 1/8s, f 5.1, ISO 100.


Venus


The second image was shot on May 19th at 19.02 UT with the Coolpix 4500 and the TAL 200K telescope. The eyepiece used is a Vixen 20mm (100x). I also used the IR/UV blocking filter from Baader. Exp. 1/8s, f 2.6, ISO 100.

Venus


The third image was shot on May 19th at 18.57 UT with the Coolpix 4500 and the TAL 200K telescope. The eyepiece used is a Vixen 15mm (133x). The filter used is the IR/UV blocking filter from Baader. Exp. 1/8s, f 5.1, ISO 100. I used 4x optical zoom and spot metering for this image.







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