That Damned Elusive Mercury!

So, Mercury should be visible in the west right after sunset over the next week, but it looks like we’re going to need a very clear sky. I headed out to Bobbington two nights ago, which has a good outlook towards the west, but was disappointed to see low cloud on the horizon. It did make for a pretty sunset though.

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I haven’t seen Mercury since last year, when it transited the sun. I saw it using eyepiece projection – (and melted an eyepiece in the process!)

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I was pleased to get an image of the little planet against the Sun. I think it took something like seven hours to pass across the sun.

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