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Archimedes 20131012

Silvia Graca ©  I had a wonderful time under the moonlight!

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Plato 20131012

Sketch © Gerry Smerchanski  I only had time for one sketch and even that was rushed with many details being left out. I did take time to watch the occultation of Beta Capricornus (Dabih) It was quite some time between the disappearance of the first companion and the second as they are separated by some distance. After they disappeared I went to sketching and didn't notice that they had popped out the other side while I was still sketching.

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Venus 196104091740

Venus on 1961 April 9 at 12:40 + 15m EST (17:40 UT) as sketched by Jim Low. 4" reflector at 130x. Seeing 3-4. Transparency 0-5 (some clouds). This observation was made about 30 hours before inferior conjunction (daytime observation).

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Venus 196111191730

Venus on 1961 November 19 at 12:30 EST (17:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 245x. Seeing 2-3/10. Transparency 4-5 (day). Diffuse markings only suspected—phase 96%.

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Venus 196110071600

Venus on 1961 October 7 at 12:00-12:10 EDT (16:00-16:10 UT) as sketched by George E. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 1-4-5/10. Transparency 4/5. Dusky marking on eastern limb glimpsed only during periods of good seeing. Marking to the north appeared to be quite definite. Marking at the south seen only during moments of good seeing, as was the marking at centre of terminator.

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Venus 196109301340

Venus on 1961 September 30 at 13:40-13:50 EDT (17:40-17:50 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5. Terminator darker than usual.

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Venus 196109231345

Venus on 1961 September 23 at 13:45-13:55 EDT (17:45-17:55 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 2-3/10. Transparency 2/5.

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Venus 196109161745

Venus on 1961 September 16 at 13:45-13:50 EDT (17:45-17:55 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 1/10. Transparency 2/5. Detail very indefinite, dusky streak seen at moments of good seeing.

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Venus 196108050905

Venus on 1961 August 5 at 05:05-05:15 EDT (09:05-09:15 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5.

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Venus 196107230945

Venus on 1961 July 23 at 05:45-05:55 local time (09:45-09:55 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 220x. Seeing 2/10. Transparency 2/5. Usual terminator darkening. Dark spot in north quite definite. Other markings quite faint.

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