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 Post subject: Mercury
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:59 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Having located VENUS in a clear, after-sunset, sky, using Acuter DS65 (x19) and 9x40 bino. at 1810 - 1815 -1830- onwards, on Wednesday 15th March, I then looked and found MERCURY in the same. Very much fainter, about a "fist or so" down to the left, and amongst the powerlines. No phase visible. Found at 1820 and followed until disappeared behing Southwick Hill at about 1828. First sighting this apparition. [Obs of Mercury # 494]. regards maf


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:50 pm 
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Location: New Farnley, Leeds lat 53.8N long 1.6W
Venus spotted through thin orange cloud at 1715 in 8x32B, but no sign of Mercury even though it should be easy to locate this evening; thin cloud very effective in hiding the tiny planet and no sign in 15x70B. Then thick grey cloud rolled in and finished things for tonight. Regards Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:13 pm 
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I will try tonight to nail Mercury again regards maf
Follow-up.....I did and succeeded!!qv. maf


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:13 am 
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Venus and Mercury:21st Mar 2017.
Venus: 1811-1826: Crescent Venus located above distant clouds. From upper window using 9x40 bino and 25x52 scope. A very thin crescent, tilted back at 10 o'clock position. Atmospheric rippling visible in crescent when using scope Finally lost to tops of distant cumuli.
Mercury:1850-1905; Bright in binoculars and was glipsed with unaided eye. Down to power ables on Southwick Hill at end and into cloud. [ Mercury Obs #495] regards maf


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:23 pm 
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Location: New Farnley, Leeds lat 53.8N long 1.6W
After several evenings of frustrating, cloudy horizons I finally picked up Mercury after climbing out of the small bedroom's tilt and turn window and standing on the kitchen's flat roof. Sweeping the western sky with 15x70Bs, there it was at 17.35 UT at about 12 degrees altitude. Noting its position relative to a tree, I went downstairs and got the 80mm refractor out on the kitchen patio and picked it out again, faintly, in the 6x30 finder. At x23 in the main scope it looked like a zero magnitude white star. At x80 the seeing was awful but in steadier instants the planet was an off-white hue. By 17.55 Mercury stood at less than 10 degrees altitude and became a chromatic blur, so ended the session and went in. Kind Regards, Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:07 pm 
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2017 March 25, 17.55 UT. Mercury picked up in 10x50Bs at about 10 degrees altitude from the back patio; creamy white, through very thin stratus. Just visible to the NE as a faint point of light in the twilight when clear of cloud. Best wishes Bob


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