Venus at Inferior Conjunction

Venus - January 12, 2014
Venus – January 12, 2014

Object name: Venus
Object Type: Planet
Location: Lochem, The Netherlands.
Date: january 12th, 2014
Media: The sketch was created using Photoshop Elements 6.

Sunday in the afternoon I got the chance to find Venus 5 degrees above the sun!
The planet was visible as a small white arc.
I used a 8” Dobsonian telescope equipped with a 27 mm Panoptic eyepiece, that yielded 50x.
Location: Lochem, The Netherlands.
After a few minutes I switched to the 10 mm Delos, 135x.
Then I observed and waited for moments of relatively calm air.
These moments came and on then I was sure that the arc closed completely around the disk.
Adding to that I was also convinced that I saw the famous “Ashen Light”.
A controversial effect because how can the backside of Venus be visible in a daylight sky?.

Tom Borger

Daytime Crescent of Venus

Venus - November 30, 2013
Venus – November 30, 2013

Object: Venus
Type: Planet
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador 89° 13′ W 13°43′ N
Date: November 30th 2013
Media: Adobe Ideas for iOS on iPhone

I decided to look up Venus while there was daylight, as I hoped that the atmosphere would act as a filter for the constant glare I’d always observed when I pointed my binoculars to Venus. It was as I expected! Venus showed its current phase clearly, albeit in a minute form: I even think the FOV in my sketch is exaggerated a little bit. The inset image shows a “close-up” about how I distinguished the planet’s image; I tried to represent the glare Venus’s brightness created on my optics.

Venus – August 8, 2013

Venus - August 3, 2013
Venus – August 3, 2013

Hello all sketchers,
here is my sketch of very nice planet actual on the evening sky – Venus.
Last Saturday was very inspirating for me, so I decided to observe Venus in the evening. Seeing was not very good – 5/10 and it was windy. But i saw some atmospheric detail on Venus how you can see. It was very dificult but I made it!
I used my 8″ dobson with magnifications 150x and 200x and Celestron planetary filter – #15 (yellow).
At first I used OIII Astronomik filter but Venus was not so bright and filter killed all details …

Let’s check the sketch and write your opinion =))

Tom Perdoch
Hlucin (Czech republic)
20.20-20.30 CEST
Dobsonian 200/1200mm
8mm Hyperion (150x), 6mm Omegon LE (200x)
Celestron #15
Seeing: 5/10. Windy.

Clear sky guys =))

Early Planets

Mercury, Venus, alpha Libra, Saturn and Spica
Mercury, Venus, alpha Libra, Saturn and Spica

Please find here my last watercolour

Object Name (Mercury, Venus and Saturn)
Object Type (Planets conjunction)
Location (Rocbaron Provence France)
Date (December 5th 2012 5:55 UT)
Media (Watercolour on 300gr paper plus white colour for planets)

It was quite cold this morning 1°C but I would like to see the rising of Mercury from my terrace.
Bottom-up we can see: Mercury near the chimney, Venus near alpha Libra, Saturn and Spica .

Clear sky to you all, and if possible, with warmer atmosphere !

Michel Deconinck

Conjunction of Mercury and Venus

Mercury and Venus Conjunction - June 20, 2013
Mercury and Venus Conjunction – June 20, 2013

Hello sketchers

Here my last observation of Mercury and Venus

Object Name (Mercury and Venus)
Object Type (Planet conjunction)
Location (Val d’Issole)
Date (June 20th 2013)
Media (Watercolour for the landscape and graphite pencil for the planets)

During this very “non cloudy” evening with a perfect transparency, I observed this planet conjunction from my own terrace. I use a 10×50 binocular to find Mercury as early as possible, then with my 102/1000 refractor I begin to sketch this planet that I see with a pale orange light, until masking by the horizon. Some time after, I sketched Venus, with a more blue light. The EP I used was a 40mm to find the planets and then a 10mm SWA to sketch.

What is uncommon here is the apparent diameter of both planets, they looks very similar in size but with very different colours. In fact, Mercury was close to us, nearly between the sun and the earth, and Venus was far further our star.

Michel –

Michel Deconinck

Venus on a Cold Winter Night

Venus - January 27, 2012
Venus – January 27, 2012

Object Name: Venus
Object Type: Planet
Telescope: Synta SW 8″ + GSO #15A Filter
Location: Płaza, Poland
Date: 27.01.2012
Media: graphite pencil, white paper, photoshop cs2, inverted

Hello everyone. This is my newest sketch of one of our Solar System planets. I mean Venus as you can see on the picture. This is very bright and beautiful object on the night sky, but it is also quite hard to observing. Apart from this, sometimes we can see a clouds on Venus. When I was sketching it, I saw something a little bit darker than the rest of the planet and I think that it could be that clouds.
What about sky conditions? I can evaluate the seeing at 7/10, the visibility was very good, but the temperature was very low, about -20 Celsius degrees. But there is something amazing when you are sitting next to the telescope, looking at objects that are very far away when your fingers seems to be already frozen 😀

Venus In the Seven Sisters

Venus in the Pleiades
Venus in the Pleiades

Object Name: Planet (Venus)
Object Type: Venus in the Pleiades
Location: Bristol
Date 3rd April 2012
Media: Drawn at scope with graphite pencil on white paper then scanned and processed using CS4.

I used an 8″ SCT with a 40mm wide field of view eyepiece. Constructed the final scene via 5 eyepiece sketchs and composited them together. Scans into Photoshop and then remastered.

Weather was good.

Venus was quite dazzling and washed out many of the fainter stars in the M45 cluster, almost as if to announce that she was the real “star”! Venus itself under higher magnification revealed some dusky marks around the terminator. The phase of Venus was approximately half.


Chris Lee