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#1 Centaur

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:21 AM

Normally elusive Mercury has commenced a fine evening apparition for observers worldwide.

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.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:23 PM

Thank you Curt, as always you are very helpful to plan our observations !

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:53 PM

First evening with some horizon haze that Mercury was able to be seen with 10 x 50 binoculars. With luck I spotted the planet when it was in a clear area of the sky.

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.

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#4 Tom and Beth

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:59 PM

Thanks Curt.

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.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:26 AM

Curt;

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.

Thanks;
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:47 PM

I captured the trio this evening at 04:00 UTC from 40° 43'N and 115° 35' W 5750 AMSL
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:30 AM

Great, shaping up nicely, keep em comming!

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Mine from the 24th

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

Clear skies and cool temperature made this a great event to see.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:45 PM

Really beautiful image. I'm so glad like you, I saw the famous trio monday. That was so beautiful all three planets in the FOV on my scope and binos.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:18 AM

And, a view from my terrasse... 26th of may

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

Nice color skies guys!

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:04 PM

Wow, it looks like a triangle-shaped UFO. LoL

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:08 PM

This may well be may last set if the skies cloud up as promised by local weathermen.

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.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:12 AM

Looks like you have a good shot at the west. Is Mercury going any higher or is this it? I don't think I have ever seen it this high and above Venus. I have too many trees in the west to get a really good view, but it's ok.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

Mercury attains its greatest distance above Venus this evening. The two inferior planets are separated by five degrees.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:49 PM

I observed Mercury and Venus again last night from a spot with a great western horizon. Both planets fit into the field of view of my Celestron 8x42s. Mercury was faint but was visible to the naked-eye.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:38 PM

In between the rain, clouds, rainbows and wind, I was able to get a picture of Mercury. Mercury is pretty elusive and I only have 30 minutes to try and capture it before it sets. While the wind was pretty strong and seeing sucks since Mercury is so low, I never expected much, but I was able to capture 1000 images before Mercury was too low. Even with 1000 images, almost 2/3 were unusable.

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.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:40 PM

This one is of the alignment.

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