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Mercury - 15.5.2020 at 13.00 - 15.5.2020 at 13.07 Kauhava Observation number 90629

Visibility II / V

Jari Kankaanpää, Lakeuden Ursa

Mercury is soon to be seen in the evening sky. In terms of description, it is better the higher in the sky it is located. In the middle of a clear day, finding it requires aids. The fixed equatorial erection of my telescope helps. First with the Go-to command the trend to Polaris (not shown), from Polaris with the Go-to command to Venus (Visible well). When Venus is in the middle of the image field, you can use the third command to head towards Mercury. Strong winds and high magnification bounced the planet in the field of view too. I hand-picked the ten quietest squares from a set of 1,500 images. No details are visible, but the phase of the planet is just fine.


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  • Observation target
    • Mercury
    • Heikosti näkyvä
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