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Morning Twilight Planets

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« on: October 30, 2008, 10:52:19 am »

Caught Saturn & Mercury in twilight this morning following a fairly successful VS observing session - seeing poor to very poor but I managed to get a reasonable monochrome image of Saturn and an image of Mercury which shows the phase and a hint of surface markings.


Images taken at prime focus of 8" LX90 SCT using Imaging Source DMK41AU02.AS camera. Saturn with IR+UV blocking filter, Mercury with deep red (W29) filter.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 11:07:27 am »

Brian those are superb images - the flattened ring plane on Saturn is extraordinary - as I got my first serious 'scope in 2003 I've never seen that before - I must get up early and get a 'scope out at the weekend!

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008, 04:47:35 pm »

Good shots Brian
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 05:21:26 pm »

Nice shots Brian.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 06:02:48 pm »

Well done Brian. Those are fantastic. Very impressive Saturn capture!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2008, 06:16:20 pm »

Definite markings on Mercury & phase very obvious. Well done.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2008, 03:20:48 pm »

Thanks guys - was too tired to be bothered this morning but must have another go before Mercury disappears into the south!
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2008, 10:29:27 am »

Wonderful. Gives me inspiration, it does.
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008, 08:04:23 am »

Got another sight of Mercury this morning (around 6:30 with naked eye) but decided not to bother tracking for daylight imaging - the seeing is appallingly unsteady. Mercury is getting well south now, not far from Spica, so the seeing is likely to remain poor. Geeting close to the end of the apparation. Any real hope of seeing Mercury again this year has got to be the next day or two, or in evening twilight on the last couple of days in December.
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