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First telescopic view of Mercury


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About this observation
Paul G. Abel
Time of observation
17/05/2020 - 16:44
203mm Newtonian reflector

My first telescopic view of Mercury!  The drawing only shows the phase as the apparent size is rather small, however I am pleased I managed to track down the planet in the daytime sky using setting circles and offsetting from Venus.  I have seen mercury with the naked eye a number of times, and of course I've viewed it when it transited the Sun but this is the first telescopic view of it in ordinary circumstances!

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