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Venus 196102112200

Venus 196102112200

Venus on 1961 February 11 at 17:00-17:30 local time (22:00-22:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 375x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 4/5. Band structure unusually prominent with filter.

Venus 196102082215

Venus 196102082215

Venus on 1961 February 8 at 17:15-17:30 local time (22:15-22:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 6" refractor at 220x-450x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 4-5/5. Dark side clearly seen for first time. It seemed to not quite fill the other half. Intensity 1 to 1.5.

Venus 196102052130

Venus 196102052130

Venus on 1961 February 5/6 at 16:30-17:00 local time (21:30-22:00 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 375x. Seeing 5-7/10. Transparency 4/5.

Venus 196101302135

Venus 196101302135

Venus on 1961 January 30 at 16:35 local time (21:35 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 6" refractor at 300x. Seeing 4-5/10. Transparency 3/5.

Venus 196101222145

Venus 196101222145

Venus on 1961 January 22/23 at 16:45-17:15 local time (21:45-22:15 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 300x. Seeing 5-7/10. Transparency 1-3/5. Dichotomy reached. Superb seeing afforded best view of planet so far experienced. Detail definite with + without filter.

Venus 196101192000

Venus 196101192000

Venus on 1961 January 19 at 15:00-15:30 local time (20:00-20:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 300x. Seeing 3-1. Transparency 4. Markings fairly definite despite poor seeing.

Venus 196101162030

Venus 196101162030

Venus on 1961 January 16 at 15:30-16:10 local time (20:30-21:10 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 300x-375x. Seeing 2-5. Transparency 4. During best moments considerable definite detail seen, especially with filter.

Venus 196101142130

Venus 196101142130

Venus on 1961 January 14/15 at 16:30-17:00 local time (21:30-22:00) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 300x. Seeing 3-5. Transparency 4. Most definite view of outline of markings so far experienced, especially with violet filter, blue + green. Parallel band-like markings were very definite. Contrast exaggerated in both drawings.

Venus 196101122130

Venus 196101122130

Venus on 1961 January 12/13 at 16:30-16:50 local time (21:30-21:50 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 165x-300x. Seeing 3-5. Transparency 3-4. Almost nothing seen without filter, only fairly definite area 8.5. Glare of planet seems to blot out detail which becomes visible only with filters. Terminator not quite central.

Venus 196101112110

Venus 196101112110

Venus on 1961 January 11/12 at 16:10-16:40 local time (21:10-21:40 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 165x. Seeing 4-5. Transparency 0-3. Intermittent clouds, haze + wind hampered observation. Markings fairly definite but outline very indefinite. Not much difference caused by filter except for increase in contrast.

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