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Title: Mercury ahoy
Post by: desperate on January 15, 2015, 05:20:03 PM
As I type Mercury is clearly visible in the south west quite low down, at what appears to be the same altitude and 1 degree(1 thumb width at arms length)to the right of Venus, which is unmissable. Over the next few days it will get higher in relation to venus and pull further to the right (West). A good opportunity as Mercury is not easy to spot without the help of a signpost.

Desp


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: Mudman on January 15, 2015, 07:23:52 PM
thank you. very helpful pointer though i missed it tonight.
We've been seeing jupiter at breakfast time this week with my three young ones and will now aim to to spot mercury through the city's tower blocks at tea time too.


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: Ivan on January 17, 2015, 11:18:56 PM
Great - will look out for Mercury. Haven't seen it for several years. It's always a lot brighter than I expect it to be. Still hoping to spot Vulcan one day!


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: desperate on January 18, 2015, 04:37:29 PM
It's looking promising from here at least tonight, Mercury will be about 2ish degrees to the west of Venus and moving rapidly further to the west. Hurry up though in about 8 days time it will be too close to the sun to see at all. On the 21st there will also be a 1 day old moon about 1 degree above Mercury, a nice photo opportunity IF the sky co-operates :crossed

Desp


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: davec on January 18, 2015, 06:20:23 PM
Thank you, Mr Desperate sir, for the easy directions... totally clear skies here tonight so me and wee Megan got our first look at Mercury using only our thumbs and some ordinary binos. Brilliant!


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: desperate on January 18, 2015, 06:32:23 PM
Ahh good stuff, there is no better way to inspire kids than to show them for real, Jupiter is up as we type nice and bright in the East at about 45deg- ish altitude. I will try to get a piccy of the Venus, Mercury, Moon conjunction and post it up.

Desp


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: desperate on January 18, 2015, 06:33:52 PM
Great - will look out for Mercury. Haven't seen it for several years. It's always a lot brighter than I expect it to be. Still hoping to spot Vulcan one day!

You will need a VERY big scope with VERY dark filters for that one Ivan ;)

Good luck.

Desp


Title: Re: Mercury ahoy
Post by: Nickel2 on January 18, 2015, 07:51:21 PM
Frreezing out tonight, mercury almost invisible  :) (Can't see any of it, jumping up and down to keep warm)