The Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
Sketch and Details by Juan Perez (Juanchin)
Object: Moon / Venus conjunction
Date: February 27, 2009
Time: 19:15 LST / 02:15 UT
Location: El Mirage , Arizona USA
Instrument: Oberwerk 12×60 5.7 deg FoV
Detector: visual observation
Weather: Scattered Wispy/ translucent clouds; poor seeing; temperature-low 70’s
Comments: This amazing view consisting of double crescents is what caught my attention. Considering the cloudy situation, there were occasional breaks when I was able to get a good glimpse of the spectacle, giving me the chance to memorize some details for this sketch. The 1 degree or less separation of this waxing meets waning event was well worth waiting for the “clear” breaks. At most the seeing had a wispy fog like film in the atmosphere that gave Venus a glowing effect sort of when optical equipment gets plagued by dew.
The sketch was done using charcoal pencils; 2B 4B 6B; Reeves nylon hair paint brush for a stump;Strathmore drawing medium paper; Windows Paint for inversion, coloring and text.