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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:57 am 

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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Sunday 17th Sept 2017: 0540-0600 BST; Used 10x50 (from Foredown Ridge) and then Acuter 65mm with 20mm ep = x19, from local park.) Awoke to see the crescent Moon c/w earthshine and so dressed and grabbed the 10x50 monocular and headed up the hill. Venus was brilliant, about a fist down from the Moon (=about 10 deg) and about 12 deg. below that was MERCURY, visible with the unaided eye and bright in the hand-held 10x50 monocular...and, at between the 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock position, was the much fainter MARS. On returning down the hill, returned home and took the Acuter to the Park and saw both MERCURY and MARS again. These were separated by about 1/6th of the fov (at x19). As the Moon's diameter = about 1/4 the fov, this suggested that the two planets were separated by about 20 arcmins. There was a problem with fog thereafter. regards maf

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