Cloud Detail on Venus using Variable Polarizing Filter

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.

One thought on “Cloud Detail on Venus using Variable Polarizing Filter

  1. orion25 Post author

    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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