Naked-eye observations of Mercury and Venus

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Naked-eye observations of Mercury and Venus

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:44 pm

The two "inferior" planets are well-placed for observation in the evening sky at the moment. Although they are very low down (10 - 15 degrees above the horizon) Venus is very bright and impossible to miss in the evening twilight (after 8:30) and Mercury is just to its West.
I just found Mercury in the same field as Venus in my 7x50 binoculars, and then knowing where to look, I could plainly see it with my unaided eyes.

And next Thursday night (15-Apr) the thin new crescent Moon joins them in the same part of the sky - that should be quite a spectacle!

imartin

Re: Naked-eye observations of Mercury and Venus

Post by imartin » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:15 am

Ross,
yes, your right. i have enjoyed looking with bins only, not used my scope to view as yet.

It is good to be able to see Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury all in the same evening without any trouble - as long as you know where to look. :)

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