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    Just for fun. I have my little Willaim Optics zenithstar 66sd, mounted to my Losmandy G11.

    It’s a very nice sunny day here in East Cheshire. I slewed the G11 to the Sun (filter on telescope) did an alignment. And now I am looking at Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and the Moon. All through a 13mm Baader Hyperinan eyepiece at x20

    Venus looks, round, whilst Mercury is a tiny cresent. Jupiter is a large, ghostly orb. And the Moon is at crescent phase. 

    Time of observations. 14:50hrs UT.

    #577452
    Richard Miles
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    Yes – when the daytime sky is really clear and blue you could even try to observe the brighter stars in a GoTo telescope but beware of getting too close to the Sun, Paul. Clear skies. Richard

    #577456
    Grant Privett
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    With a little filtering and a comparatively small aperture, its suprisingly easy. I recall an afternoon session at the Cody Society using their 150mm F15 to spot stars of 4th magnitude (hard) and 3rd magnitude (pretty easy) when looking at the darker parts of a blue sky. The scope wasnt GOTO, but did allow very good manual pointing accuracy.  

    #577457

    In 2014 at the Equinox Star Party. I was using a small refractor to look around the day time sky. I saw Venus. And then Sirius.

    Last Saturday, and because Mercury was so close. I tried to see Regulus. I looked in the field, but coudn’t see it.

    Thank you Richard for the warning. The Sun can be a problem…

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