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 Post subject: Mercury
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:26 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Made a number of sightings of Mercury very low in the northwest lurking in the strip of red-brown murk using at first the 65mm Acuter (x18) and for the later a Nikon 60mm (x15).
27/6/18 at 2205 to 2216 BST
28/6/18 at 2212 to 2220 BST
30/6/18 at 2218 to 2228 BST
Observed from the location park with planet setting behind the nearby hills.
Not easy and on the last two not even glimpsed in the 8x36 binocular I was using to view the local fox and bats. Regards maf.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:27 pm 
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Well done Mike. Good observations under difficult conditions :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mercury
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:05 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Digging out Mercury from the bits of murky brown-red + bits of cirrus is not that easy but managed twice more. NB it was cloudy on the 1st July.
2/7/18; 2211-2225 BST.
3/7/18; 2210-2223 BST.
Observations from the local park using a zoom Nikon 60mm straight-through eyepiece spotter at x15 , mounted on a Velbon Sherpa 200R metal tripod. This does not have a quick-release plate which is good because it removes one source of wobble. Recently bought as secondhand, the scope itself seems ideal for observing objects quite low-down. The Acuter with its 45deg eyepiece is much better for high-up viewing.
Both the above observations ended when the planet set behind the nearby hill. These last sightings are the #513 and #514 observations of this rather elusive world. Regards maf.


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