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Observing Mercury and Mars in one great view!

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#1 Procyon

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

Wow...Mercury and Mars at sunset look great and so easy to find with binoculars, never thought Mercury would look so big.

Looks 5 times bigger than Mars...Can't wait to get a telescope again..

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

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Thanks for the post. Check out this watercolor by Aquarellia posted in the Sketching Forum. :cool:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

I have photos on my web site. I also managed to capture the Zodiacal Light that night:

http://www.astronomy...y-and-mars.html

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:24 PM

I have photos on my web site. I also managed to capture the Zodiacal Light that night:

http://www.astronomy...y-and-mars.html

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Very nice, except Mercury was on top.

#5 Ira

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:40 PM

I have photos on my web site. I also managed to capture the Zodiacal Light that night:

http://www.astronomy...y-and-mars.html

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Very nice, except Mercury was on top.


Not according to Stellarium:

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#6 Special Ed

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

I have photos on my web site. I also managed to capture the Zodiacal Light that night:

http://www.astronomy...y-and-mars.html

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Very nice, except Mercury was on top.


Well, the thing is...these are moving targets. Mars was above Mercury on the 7th and below it on the 8th. It was Mercury making the apparent motion. :)

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

Right. My photo is from the 7th, as the caption says! :)

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

True!!


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