The trials, tribulations and small triumphs of an Indiana astronomer.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Mercury, February 9, 2013
This is the first opportunity I have had in quite a while to see Mercury. It's also a planet I've never imaged. I decided to try imaging this evening as the western sky was relatively free of clouds. I drove to a site a little west of town and set up the ETX 125. It was a cold evening and setup was far from fun, but after sunset, I was able to see Mercury quite clearly; I could not see Mars, which is quite close to it in the sky. These two captured images are 600 frame captures, with the best 20% stacked. The phase of the planet is clearly visible. Seeing was very poor and the planet was scintillating wildly.