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It was more than a year since I last saw Mercury. The clouds are relentless and there's no chance of a proper observing session with a telescope but I woke up earlier today (well, 4 pm!) hoping to finally see this, one of my favourite planets. Four thirty and yours trully Venus was very bright as well as Jupiter. I could also see the Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Hyades with the naked but looking directly overhead I couldn't see any Perseids although I was hoping there was a small chance of catching one of these. The first moment I saw Mercury was 04:46 and I could still see it without binoculars at 05:35 so I had almost an hour to see it rise and faint into the morning light. The air was warm, 14°C but it was a bit windy and the clouds were rolling on and off the northeastern view covering Mercury now and again. I made a few pictures but there's nothing spectacular to share as one would expect, the planet is just a faint blob. Still it was really nice to see Mercury again. I hope I have a chance to observe it with a telescope some time soon!
Had a superb night last night / this morning at Seething. From about 00:30 to about 02:30 (just before the clouds and rain hit). Milky Way was superb, could easily see constellations that I struggle to see from home such as Sagitta. Andromeda and Double Cluster visible naked eye too. Haven't had many nights like that for some time. Used the "precise GoTo" function on my 5SE mount to see Uranus and Neptune - at about 02:18 the ISS made a very very bright pass too - awesome. Think that the massive thunderstorms and torrential rain we had during the afternoon must have "cleaned" the air. More nights like this please. Chris