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Ed D
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Mercury June 17, 2013
      #5928092 - 06/18/13 07:00 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

With the rainy season upon us I haven't been doing much astronomy related. Yesterday I thought I could get in a bit of late afternoon solar observing but it was already too late. I happened to notice Venus low in the Western sky between my house and my neighbor's palm tree. It dawned on me that Mercury must be visible, and what looked like a star near Venus should be it. I very hurriedly grabbed my Dob and a couple of eyepieces and pointed my scope where I thought Mercury should be. I was instantly gratified by a beautiful view of this elusive planet. I was able to observe it for a while, seeing the phase and detecting a very subtle pastel peach color. Unfortunately, my scanned image doesn't show the peach color, which is barely detectable in my sketch as it was in my observation. Otherwise, I think it came out OK. I now have at least one sketch for Mercury in my notebook. Thanks for looking.

Ed D


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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5928187 - 06/18/13 08:01 PM

Ed,

Very fine capture of the planet Mercury.

Frank


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observing1
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: frank5817]
      #5928299 - 06/18/13 09:33 PM

mercury is a rare beauty

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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: observing1]
      #5928414 - 06/18/13 11:17 PM

Beautiful Ed.

Very nice sketch.

Andre.


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SusanY
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5928676 - 06/19/13 04:35 AM

That's beautiful, Ed.

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PeterDob
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: SusanY]
      #5928680 - 06/19/13 04:45 AM

Really beautiful indeed, and also very artistic. Very well done, Ed!

Peter


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Ed D
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: PeterDob]
      #5928768 - 06/19/13 07:58 AM

Thanks for all the good comments.

I'm looking at the sketch on my computer at work and it shows not only the subtle peach color, but also the white I added around the edge and blended into the peach.

Ed D


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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5928794 - 06/19/13 08:35 AM

Well done Ed, I like this sketch a lot !

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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Aquarellia]
      #5928818 - 06/19/13 08:53 AM

Very nice! The skies are clear tonight so I may be trying out my new (to me) Burgess 127mm Refractor. This would be a good object to try.

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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5929004 - 06/19/13 11:07 AM

Ed,

Very nice sketch of Mercury .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Jef De Wit
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5929092 - 06/19/13 12:03 PM

A simpel but beautiful sketch.

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Tommy5
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5929584 - 06/19/13 04:03 PM

Very nice Mercury sketch, it is a difficult planet to get a good view of.

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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Tommy5]
      #5929758 - 06/19/13 05:43 PM

Ed,

That's really superb work. The shaded in background around the objects u draw has become your trademark. Nice job with a very challenging planet to see clearly.

Pete


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Ed D
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5929870 - 06/19/13 06:53 PM

Wow, I'm flattered by all the positive comments. Thank you very much.

Ed D


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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5930669 - 06/20/13 06:43 AM

Ed,
Really nice work. I like the layout in your notebook. I agree with Pete the shading is superb.

Ken


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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5934300 - 06/22/13 09:46 AM

Wow, great work on Mercury. That is one planet I have not been able to see yet. Because of trees.

Do you ever see detail on it around the terminator? Craters?


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Tamas Bognar
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: cpr1]
      #5934622 - 06/22/13 01:23 PM

Ed,

Beautiful sketch.


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Ed D
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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: cpr1]
      #5934718 - 06/22/13 02:31 PM

Quote:

Wow, great work on Mercury. That is one planet I have not been able to see yet. Because of trees.

Do you ever see detail on it around the terminator? Craters?




First, thanks again for all the positive comments.

Unfortunately I am not able to observe Mercury to try to discern any detail. Living in suburban Miami makes it really tough for me to catch this elusive planet. It's more of a random sighting than planned, dedicated observing.

Ed D


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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5939846 - 06/25/13 01:58 PM

well done for detecting the peachy colour, it can often look plain white.

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Re: Mercury June 17, 2013 new [Re: Ed D]
      #5971933 - 07/15/13 10:00 AM

Very nice sketch Ed.

Best,

Eric


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