Mercury is already visible!
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:56 AM
Right now Venus and Mercury are ~ the same apparent distance from the Sun (seen from Earth) just on opposite sides of the Sun. I see Venus deep in the brightning dawn as I await the morning bus and now seen Mercury in the failing twilight of evening; very neat!
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:34 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:21 PM
This is going to be a very nice evening showing of Mercury.
Indeed, Edward, it is. However for northern hemisphere observers, the May-June evening apparition will be slightly better. The difference is that during its current apparition, Mercury swings through its perihelion. I've written an article and created related graphics and data that can be seen at: www.CurtRenz.com/mercury
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:55 PM
Still some folks make excellent observations of this challenging orb.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:14 PM
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The thrill being in just the ability to catch it at a rare chance that produces an image worth looking at . You never know when you might catch that lucky break .
It’s rather like the motivation for birdwatchers: the satisfaction that comes from chalking up infrequent sightings.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:45 AM
However for northern hemisphere observers, the May-June evening apparition will be slightly better.
Come to Arizona in May-June and see if you still think so!
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Photo taken 2/11/13 @14:15 UT; 28 hour old new moon with Mercury to the lower left and the dome of the Weiss Observatory 40-inch reflector to the right.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:24 PM
Alright, This evening is will be the first serious attempt to scope Mercury in my 20 years of astronomy. Have been without a scope for the last 10 years but I am back with one again. A 4" refractor and a 8" newt. Looking at clear skies for mich it should hopefully be visible. It is also a bonus that tonight it should be at max elongation. Mercury is the last planet that I have not observed and have really never made a valid attempt at it visually or through a scope. It is now a priority for me and on my bucket list.
I finally spotted it in March 2011. Saw it in the finder first, then the telescope, finally the naked eye. Looked like a tiny, half lit moon even with though it was distorted being so close to the horizon. It was a great thrill to finally catch it. You will experience the same thrill, so good luck!
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This photo was taken at 18:45 PST somewhere in Sunnyvale, CA (SF Bay Area), with a Nikon D40x. Zoom lens set at 66mm fl, f5. ISO200, 2s exposure.