Venus on 1961 January 3/4 at 16:30-17:05 local time (21:30-22:05 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 8" reflector at 165x-300x. Seeing 4-6. Transparency 3. Dusky shadings extremely indefinite + washed out; only definite area was white patch in SW, brightest area on disk 9.5. Despite good seeings + filter, markings were more to difficult to see than on other occasions.