Mercury as May-June Evening Star
Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:21 AM
My detailed article describing this apparition appears under the links for my related graphics at www.CurtRenz.com/mercury
Photos and descriptions of Mercury during May and June would be welcome additions to this thread.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:23 PM
Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:53 PM
Weather will be turning cloudy and humid the rest of the week. Next chance wil be Saturday or Sunday evening.
Photo taken with Olympus 5550 Zoom CCD camera at f/3.7 ISO 400 1/125 second.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:59 PM
Mercury is now visible naked eye from Tucson, although it did require an offset from Venus to find it. Once located it was easy to hold in view a little over two fingers WNW of Venus. Jupiter was just over three fingers ESE of Venus.
Using a TEC140, I was able to easily frame Mercury and Venus with a 41 Pan, which has a 2.7 Degree TFoV.
What a lovely way to enjoy Sunset tonight.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:26 AM
The numeric dates at the bottom of the size chart are chopped off, that makes it difficult to use the charts and they are so helpful.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:47 PM
Spring Creek, Nevada
Posted 27 May 2013 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:08 PM
Very cool temperatures, low humidty , great transparency of the sky. Unfortunate the camera batteries were low and I did not get them lower to the horizon.
Jupiter was not seen at all, did not bring my binoculars.
Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:12 AM
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:38 PM
Here is the best 280 frames of the elusive inner planet. Mercury is currently 0.85187 AU from Earth, its apparent magnitude is 0.4. angular diameter is 7.9 and its 41.2% illuminated.