Inspired by David Grinspoon's book "Venus Revealed I planned for
my first 1-micron attempt to capture a glimpse of the planets
night side in early 2004. My
first 1-micron observation successful observation happened
in the morning hours on the 2nd July 2004. I was fortunate
enough to be perhaps the 2nd ever amateur to take in this view some weeks after
another amateur astronomer
Unfortunately it was a large oak tree next door that blocked my
western view during that part of the apparition. Needless to
say, I had to wait until the planets morning apparition to try again.
Indeed on the 2nd of July 2004 the magic moment I
had waited for became reality despite poor quality of the early
morning seeing but on April 4th (image at left) I was
overwhelmed at the result both live on the video monitor and in
later processing. Despite the smaller aperture telescope used in
this result, compared the initial result from France, more distinctive detail show clearly in
my image at left from the 4th July 2004.
I'd like to sincerely thank Steve Lee and also Dr. Jeremy Bailey of the
Anglo-Australian Observatory for both their help and review of the
images in July 04' and for help with identifying the subtle dark markings present
The planets sunlit side
has been drastically over-exposed to enable the CCD to record
the faint infrared thermal surface emissions of the night side.
The image is a
stack of several hundred video frames contrast enhanced using
Registax and PhotoShop. Dark and flat field frames were also
used during processing of the images.
At lower left: a global near infrared view of the planet at
1-micron from two apparitions for illustrative purposes only.
North is up. Venus from 2004 morning apparition and 2005 evening
apparition when the planets lit side was around 16 to 17%