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Venus 196102122207

Venus on 1961 February 12/13 at 17:07 + 10m EST (22:07 UT) as sketched by Jim Low. 4" refractor at 167x. Seeing 5. Transparency 4.

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Venus 196102122330

Venus on 1961 February 12/13 at 18:30-18:40 local time (23:30-23:40 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 220x. Seeing 2-0/10. Transparency 4/5. Ashen light suspected in area bounded by dotted line. Note indentation in southern cusp.

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Venus 196102112200

Venus on 1961 February 11 at 17:00-17:30 local time (22:00-22:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 375x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 4/5. Band structure unusually prominent with filter.

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Venus 196102112130

Venus on 1961 February 11/12 at 16:30 + 10m EST (21:30 UT) as sketched by Jim Low. 4" reflector at 167x. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5. Venus was found with the naked eye while the sun was about 8° above the horizon—and is an easy naked eye object by day.

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Venus 196102082215

Venus on 1961 February 8 at 17:15-17:30 local time (22:15-22:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 6" refractor at 220x-450x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 4-5/5. Dark side clearly seen for first time. It seemed to not quite fill the other half. Intensity 1 to 1.5.

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Venus 196102052310

Venus on 1961 February 5/6 at 18:10 +10m EST (23:10 UT) as sketched by Jim Low. 4" reflector at 167x. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5.

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Venus 196102052225

Venus on 1961 February 5/6 at 17:25-17:35 local time (22:25-22:35 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x with a green filter. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5. Ashen light strongly suspected, without filter. Intensity estimates made with filter, except ashen light.

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Venus 196102052130

Venus on 1961 February 5/6 at 16:30-17:00 local time (21:30-22:00 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 375x. Seeing 5-7/10. Transparency 4/5.

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Venus 196102052125

Venus on 1961 February 5 at 16:25-16:35 local time (21:25-21:35 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 3/5. Daylight observation.

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Venus 196101312050

Venus on 1961 January 31 at 15:50 EST (20:50 UT) as sketched by Constantine Papacosmos. 6" refractor at 220x. Seeing 4-5/10. Transparency 3/5. The three parallel belts were seen  momentarily, as unbroken, sharply defined, grayish bands, and were the most conspicuous details at that moment.

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