I noticed that the clouds were clearing as we approached sunset on Saturday evening 2/8, so I decided to setup my 127mm f/5 reflector and the 25x100 binoculars in a large nearby field with a beautiful view to the west. As the sky darkened, Venus was obvious so we looked at Venus for a while and waited for Mercury to appear. There were clouds low on the horizon and I feared they would obscure the view, but ever so slowly as the twilight deepened, Mercury appeared low on the horizon, right were it should be. To me, in the 127mm reflector, Mercury appeared brownish/reddish in color, but it was too tiny, and my scope was not cooled enough to get a clear view. Later, we looked at the nearly full Moon as it rose in the east. All in all, it was a very good evening.
I like the evening apparitions of Mercury because I'm not a morning person. It looks like there will be another good showing on and around 6/4/2020 with Mercury following the sunset by about 24 degrees (as compared to 18 degrees for this apparition), but a little dimmer (mag +0.7) compared to this current apparition (-0.3).