Venus on 1961 January 2/3 at 16:50-17:20 local time (21:50-22:20 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 165x-300x. Seeing 4-6. Transparency 4-2. Occasional hazy clouds moved over planet causing very good seeing + a beautiful view. Detail very indefinite even with V filter + good seeing. Neither cusp region prominent as whole disk appeared uniformly dusky. Terminator very close to centre.