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Mercury in IR on 23rd April

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About this observation
Observer
Chris Hooker
Time of observation
23/04/2020 - 09:30
Object
Mercury
Observing location
Didcot, Oxfordshire
Equipment
254 mm Newtonian
Tele Vue 5x Powermate
Baader 685 nm IR pass filter
ZWO ASI174MM camera
Exposure
0.47 msec
Tags

Mercury was imaged under difficult conditions, with relatively poor local seeing and intermittent high cloud. The raw data required both software processing and manual frame selection to obtain a reasonable result. The files were processed in PIPP and Autostakkert!, then 2770 frames were selected from 43 out of 87 video clips. Final stacking and processing was done in Registax. The comparison with a blurred Messenger image shows good agreement of the major albedo features.

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