Re: Venus?

Jim Scotti (jscotti@LPL.Arizona.EDU)
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 08:33:18 -0700 (MST)

On Mon, 2 Mar 1998, Robert Smathers wrote:

> Jim Scotti wrote:
> > 
> >   Yes, it is possible to see Venus in daytime, but it helps to know very
> > closely were to look for it.  A friend and I got in the habit of looking
> 
> I think it probalby helps to have a telescope too.

A telescope would allow you to see quite a bit more than just Venus and
Jupiter.  You'll need to point it, though so you better have some encoders
or a polar aligned telescope, or be lucky enough to have something nearby
int he sky like the moon to help point to it.  Binoculars might help too,
but for Venus, you can see it with the unaided eye when conditions are
right.  Jupiter is too faint - I've tried, though not quite as hard as I
could, I suppose. 
 
> In the daytime, I bet you can see venus and jupiter if you use a telescope
> to "cut through" the daytime light.   That is something I'll have to

I've seen a few objects in daytime.  I remember watching the end of a
lunar occultation in the early morning after sunrise of Aldebaran about 17
years ago - the moon of course made it easy to find.  The key to finding
things in daytime with the telescope is pointing - the same can be said of
seeing Venus with the unaided eye.  It really helps to know exactly where
to look for it. 
 
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Jim Scotti                              
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