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Chris Hooker

Thanks for your comment, James, and I’m glad you enjoyed the talk.
The recent window for viewing the tail has now ended. Unfortunately the April weather continued to be unfavourable so I didn’t obtain any more images.
The next window is the morning elongation in January 2024. It’s not as good as the last one, with Mercury reaching 4 degrees altitude while the Sun is still below 10 degrees from the 4th to the 10th of January. After that there is another opportunity in the evening from the 22nd to the 30th March, during which Mercury will be significantly higher.
Ii’s been suggested that I should write a short article for the Journal based on my talk at Winchester, and I shall probably do that and include information about times when the tail can be detected. For now I’m attaching the slide from my talk that showed the observing windows for the next few years.


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