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Mercury 19 September 2019

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About this observation
Observer
Philip Masding
Time of observation
19/09/2019 - 14:00
Object
Mercury
Observing location
Manchester
Equipment
10" LX200 classic
Skyris 618M mono camera
Baader 685nm IR pass filter
Exposure
1/377 seconds
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My first attempt at daylight imaging of Mercury. I first centred the scope on the Sun (with a Mylar filter) then used GOTO Mercury. I positioned the observatory roof so the scope was completely in shade, removed the solar filter and Mercury was in the f10 field. I then switched to f20 and started imaging. The IR pass filter certainly seems to help with visibility and seeing. Processing shows that a small number (<1%) of individual frames are very good clearly showing the phase but no real detail due to noise. Finally it has to be said observing on a warm sunny afternoon is great! 

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