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#1 Widespread

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

Astronomical Photo of the Day (APOD) app (free at iTunes) features a really cool image today. Each day when the sun was 10* below horizon, a photo of Mercury was shot, and the photos were later combined, so you get a beautiful dotted arc depicting its orbital schwing against sun-kissed cloud and sky.

I would love to observe the darn thing, but it's tough in rolling hills. If there's anyone else in my predicament, this may be some small salve for your wounds.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:07 AM

Yeah, that was really good APOD !

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

Here's a link to the photo.

http://apod.nasa.gov...d/ap130219.html

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

Thanks, Dave. I didn't realize APOD was just the app version of a NASA site.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:42 PM

I would love to have that many clear days close together to get that image.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

I would love to have that many clear days close together to get that image.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

I would love to have that many clear days close together to get that image.


The web site states " a lot of determination has been combined with a little digital manipulation to show Mercury's successive positions during March of 2000"

By that I take it there was some days of bad weather and Mercury was inserted where it should have been if the weather was clear.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:06 AM

By that I take it there was some days of bad weather and Mercury was inserted where it should have been if the weather was clear.


Don't think so. I believe 'digital manipulation' simply refers to the individual shots of Mercury being superposed on a single background/sunset.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

The weather in Spain is a bit drier than here, as well. Yesterday, I got the crescent without ever having seen the planet with the naked eye, then I tried again today and couldn't get favorable clouds. With rain the next two days, I'm done, I think. Thursday, Mercury should be above the horizon and targetable, but too dim for my 3" telescope. Friday, it won't be there at all.






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