Venus/Mercury conjunction 22nd pm

1 week 6 days ago #108903 by Neill
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Just a reminder of the conjunction between Venus and Mercury on Friday evening.

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1 week 5 days ago #108904 by Paul Evans
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Looking like there might be some breaks in the clouds too!

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1 week 4 days ago #108905 by flt158
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Hello, everyone.
Unfortunately I caught no glimpse of Mercury on Tuesday night 19th May.
But Venus more than made up for it!
She has slightly faded from -4.7 of last week.
Last night she was -4.4. Her distance was 48,000,000 kms from Earth. Her angular diameter was a whopping 51.9". But even better was illumination of 7.4%. She was a very fine crescent even at lowly magnifications 11X and 40X.
We shall all miss her when she finally leaves our evening skies.
Of course I will try and observe Mercury when I get better sky conditions.
There was too much haze in that area of the north western sky.
But you never know we might catch both planets in the same field of view over the next 2 or 3 nights.

After Venus, I yet again observed Arcturus is the opposite section of the sky.
Her golden colour looked very well at 40X.
I also split Izar at 112X and 140X.
Porrima looked very good at 112X.

Clear skies to everyone,

Aubrey.
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1 week 4 days ago #108908 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey,

Very many thanks for sharing your observations from last night. Venus seems to be a lovely object to view at the moment. I must take another look at her before it is too late. And with Mercury close by it sounds like a real 'must'. 

It seemed like we observed some of the same objects last night. Did you notice any haze around Arcturus? I thought it looked quite striking last night.

Clear skies,
Darren.
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1 week 3 days ago #108912 by lunartic
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The weather forecast for Friday night is looking promising.  Two conjunctions can be observed, Venus and Mercury along with PanSTARRS M81/M82.
Paul

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1 week 2 days ago #108922 by lunartic
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Using my 10x50 binoculars, the conjunction was easy to see, the crescent of Venus is wonderful and Mercury could be seen to the east of Venus, they appeared at an equal altitude at 20.45UT.
Paul

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1 week 2 days ago #108923 by michael_murphy
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Just seen it myself, great sight.

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1 week 2 days ago #108924 by lunartic
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It's flipping cold out there, is it late May or late November?

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1 week 2 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago #108925 by michael_murphy
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Looking on the bright side, at least we're out there :-)

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1 week 2 days ago #108926 by Paul Evans
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Great stuff, I was just lucky here, thought I lost it but then the clouds to the NW moved a bit and bingo! Some 4K footage of the individual planets to look at ans this wider shot!

Enjoy!

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1 week 2 days ago #108927 by lunartic
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Nice.

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1 week 2 days ago #108928 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very well done to all who saw the conjunction tonight. It seemed like a real treat. Unfortunately, trees, and houses obstructed my view. I even climbed several flight of stairs at the back of the Dundrum Town Center to gain some height, but no joy.

Thankfully, your reports (and photo) gave me some idea of what it looked like.

All the best,

Darren.
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1 week 2 days ago #108929 by flt158
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Valerie and I observed Venus and Mercury side by side using my William Optics 70 mm F/6 small apo and the WO 158 mm F/7 large apo.
Through the main scope I observed the less than 5% illuminated crescent Venus at 40X. I did not use higher magnifications this time. Within an instant the 67% illuminated Mercury was visible in the same field of view at that power. The 2 planets were 1.5 degrees apart. We had to turn our heads to look at Venus on the western side and Mercury over on the right hand side. (I have mirror diagonals on both scopes.) At no time could I see Mercury with my own eyes.
Through the small apo at 11X the 2 planets were considerably closer in the 6 degrees field of view. But the overall view was very pleasing.
Venus' magnitude is -4.3. Mercury's is -0.6. The distances were 46,345,000 kms for Venus and 161,000,000 kms from Earth. Therefore Mercury is some 10 million kms beyond the Sun. That puts everything in perspective!

This is the first planetary conjunction I have successfully observed since the one which involved Venus and Neptune when they were 25 arc minutes apart on 12 January 2017.

And I am very pleased with this one as I'm celebrating my 60th birthday next Monday 25th May.

We had a very brief passing rain shower at about 10.15 pm. We were cleanly splitting Izar at 140X at the time.
And before that wondrous Arcturus looked super golden at 11X and 40X.

I decided to call it a night.
If it's clear on Saturday night I do hope to see Venus yet again.

I'm glad some of you here saw this amazing Venus / Mercury conjunction!

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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1 week 2 days ago #108933 by stevie
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I went over to Cultra in Co.Down, on the southern shore of Belfast Lough and got a nice view in my 10x50 binos. The planets were around 1/3 of the binocular field apart.

stevie

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1 week 2 days ago #108934 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey,

Great report on the tonight's conjunction. A nice early birthday present : )

Clear skies,

Darren.
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1 week 2 days ago #108935 by donalmcnamara
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Managed to get two glimpses over 40 minutes between the clouds with the binoculars. Fairly cold wind in between observations .
Donal
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1 week 1 day ago #108936 by Fermidox
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Pictured below are the two as seen through the 8-inch Nexstar. Phases are exaggerated somewhat as they were already in the murk at this point. Below that is the best widefield image I got. Managed to grab a fleeting naked eye view of Mercury also.





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1 week 1 day ago - 1 week 1 day ago #108937 by Paul Evans
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And including the telescopic views.......

Enjoy!

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1 week 1 day ago #108939 by flt158
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These are spectacular images from Paul and Finbarr!
Thank you for taking the time of sharing them with us.
It's been all worth it.

I don't think we in Dublin will have much opportunity to observe either Venus or Mercury for the next 2 or 3 nights.
We are to endure mild and humid nights.
I would love to see Venus one more time before she leaves us next weekend.

Best regards from Aubrey.
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