|Old garden - a small gap amongst the trees (due south)|
In the front garden of our last home Venus was mostly hidden from view. Thanks to the nearby tall ash trees!
Both Lucifer in the morning twilight, and Vesper in the evening were lost to me for the best part of fifteen years.
Those lovely trees were the bane of my Venus observing between 2001 and 2016.
We had owned a chainsaw for five of those years..!!
I know they weren't my trees!.... but still....such restraint... ha ha.
At our new home the light of Venus now shines directly through our kitchen window, not a tree* anywhere to spoil the show.
|Tonight's view of Venus from kitchen window.... No nearby trees!|
There are a few street lights to deal with, but the planets and Moon don't mind a bit of sodium light..... Plus all the streetlight go off at midnight.
Last night I took the "Jason" refractor out for a quick peek at Vesper.
All was not lost over this time, I did manage to put some observations in the astro logbook.
Here are a couple of Venus observations from my planetary log
Plus a few photographs taken under favourable conditions.
(in other words, when not behind the ash trees!)
|Over the rooftop of Gilbert's house. 2006|
|150mm/f8 refractor - 2008|
|Just visible above the buddleia bush... (Morning star - 2014)|
Transit TimeI can't resist showing my Venus transit pictures of June 8th 2004.
The sky that morning was perfect for observing, and with my telescope set up I was able to capture a decent set of 35mm photographs.
The images you see here have been processed in Photoshop.
The initial images were photographed using the solar projection method.
|Initial 35mm image taken of solar projection.|
|Near the end of transit.|
|Photoshop image of transit.|
Good job I managed to capture these transit pictures (plus the 2012 transit), I doubt I will be around to witness the next one in 2117 !!
Venus log entries 2017
Watching the changing face of Venus over the next couple of months will be fascinating.
I hope to log many observations in my astronomy diary.
Fingers crossed for Clear Skies.
*I know in this post I'm complaining about trees, the thing is I really love all trees...
Even the ones that pinch my starlight!