Hi everyone, my first post on Cloudy Nights, probably about time I joined up here! I hope everyone is well, these are odd times indeed around the world, but planetary imaging gets to continue unabated. I'll try and pop in to post a few images and discuss things planetary, looks like there's some brilliant observers and discussions here.
Mercury with surface features:
So this image has been on the bucket list for a while, and the seeing was good enough one morning last week to get more than the usual choppy fuzz from Mercury. I've never seen surface features on Mercury before, but several showed up here in my IR image (left), compared to a planetarium view (right). The dark-ringed, bright centred basin Tolstoy is near the limb, and bright areas, Nureyev (crater), Qi Baishi (basin rim) and Caloris Planitia are all discernible. Mercury was 27deg altitude at the time, just about sunrise. And I'm not sure when I'll be this lucky again!