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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 

Venus, Saturn and Mercury, 17 September 2013

Venus, Saturn, Spica and Mercury imaged on 17 September using my Canon IXUS, 400 ASA 6 second exposure.Mercury is the faint dot just above the cloud, Spica is between Mercury and Venus (the obvious brightest object in the field) and Saturn is to the right of Venus. Click to embiggen.Closer up view of Venus, Saturn and Mercury imaged on 17 September using my Canon IXUS, 400 ASA 6 second exposure 2 x zoom. Mercury is harder to see as the cloud started coming over it. Click to embiggen..

Finally got a decent clear night where I could image the trio of Mercury, Venus and Saturn (with the star Spica as well). Mercury is quite clear now in the twilight, and the grouping is very attractive.

Tomorrow night Venus and Saturn are at their closest (so of course it will be cloudy).

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Comments:
Awesome, is Mercury very visible in a small (130mm) scope?

Thanks
 
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Beautiful shot. Yay for unobscuredity!
 
Yes, Mercury is visible as a small gibbous disk in a 130 mm telescope using a 12 mm eyepiece, better with a 6 mm eyepiece
 
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