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PostSubject: Observing Venus All I see is a bright looking star   Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:27 pm

I just want to know if there is a way to block out the light from Venus so you can actually see the detail on the planet.

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PostSubject: Re: Observing Venus All I see is a bright looking star   Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:28 pm

You can use your aperture mask, and a red or yellow filter. There isn't much to see beyond the phase, and some cloud-top markings, generally Y-shaped.
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PostSubject: Re: Observing Venus All I see is a bright looking star   Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:29 pm

Any spikes are optical aberrations in your eyes. I see quite a few more than 6 spikes when I look at bright things myself.

Here's what Venus looks like at 5000mm through not so still air...

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