06.01.2022 – Crescent Venus (0,5 %)

Observation report

The planet Venus was in Inferior Conjunction to the sun today, so it was exactly between the earth and the sun. But a bit offset and in the sky above the sun, because otherwise we would have experienced a transit of Venus. Already in December, Venus was apparently getting bigger and bigger and the phase of Venus was decreasing, so a beautiful crescent Venus became visible with and with, as we know it from the moon. Since the weather in December was often bad, or if there were good conditions and there was no time to observe due to working, I had success on January 6th, 2022 before the Inferior Conjunction. Thick clouds from the west were expected that evening, but they loosened up a bit towards evening or just didn’t get as thick as they should. Since I was working from home that day, fortunately, I dealt with the observation data, such as the time, during the day to be on the safe side, so that I could react spontaneously. The observation itself was one of those things whcih were full of luck. – as it sometimes simply is.

When I saw around 4:45 p.m. that it was still very cloud-free towards the south-west towards the horizon, I spontaneously decided to go to the field to try an observation of Venus. I went to the field with a fast pace in about 2 minutes and the view in the important direction was then rather modest. There were sometimes thicker clouds, especially from the power plant. I then tried my luck with the binoculars, but initially couldn’t find Venus. After a few tries, which should have lasted about 3 minutes, I finally saw Venus! The crescent shape could already be seen in the binoculars, albeit not in great detail due to the low height above the horizon. But then it got hectic! Because even in the binoculars I saw the edge of more compact clouds approaching Venus. I don’t think I’ve ever had the camera attached to the tripod so quickly and Venus was already visible on the camera’s display. Fortunately, due to the thicker clouds, I was able to quickly adjust the focus and then just followed one photo after the other. I took a total of 14 photos between 4:58:17 p.m. and 4:58:31 p.m., because I didn’t have more than these 24 seconds. Venus then disappeared directly behind the clouds. I was really lucky that it still worked. Of course, there was not enough time to enjoy the sight in peace.

After the Inferior Conjunction, Venus will appear again in the morning sky from around January 13th, 2022. The phase of Venus will also increase again, so that one or the other opportunity may arise to take a picture of the beautiful crescent shape of Venus with the telescope. The most beautiful shots are of course possible with daytime observations, but that turns out to be difficult with work and it would need good weather conditions on weekends. Let’s see if there is an opportunity. if you like, you can have a look at my detailed photos of the Inferior Conjunction from year 2020 here when I was also able to make some wonderful photos during daylight.  


Below you will of course also find a few photos that I was able to take with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS during the observation time of 24 seconds: