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Dr. Reginald J. Solomon



Location of Photo:

Macon, Georgia

Date/Time of photo:

May 31, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.


To take this photo I used my Orion 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope, Orion Deep Space Video Camera II, Meade Series 4000 Variable Polarizing Filter, Orion 2x Shorty Barlow, Registax 6, Photoshop


To cut glare, I decided to use a variable polarizing filter with a 2x barlow to observe and image the gibbous phase of Venus. Little did I know that I would actually see cloud detail. The polarizing filter allowed to me to observe and image what I thought would cost hundreds of dollars to achieve. It is not absolutely necessary to buy expensive UV or Ca-K line filters for Venus.


Image of orion25


June 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Before you buy that expensive UV filter, try your trusty old polarizing filter on Venus to see some cloud detail!

Clear Skies,

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