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Jose Lagos
Vaals, Netherlands
09:43 pm

Equipment Details:

Samsung Galaxy J6 mobile phone camera, in a Solomark cell phone holder with dilating eyepiece/coupler, shooting through a basic refractor telescope. Camera settings: Full screen viewing, Pro mode, with ISO 100, WB 'auto', brightness -2.0, and using full 4x zoom.

Image Details:

This is Venus, 0.93% illuminated. Less than 1 % illuminated. Venus is deeper into the Sun's glare, making it harder to find, harder to see clearly because of the thicker summer atmosphere near the horizon, and leaving less time to try to see and photograph it before it sets, soon after the sun. With phone aps like "Daff Moon", and with experience of which trees correspond to which altitude and azimuth angles, I am still able to stay on top of Venus in this game of celestial limbo - How low can you go?