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Mercury, Venus and Saturn Alignment 03112

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nice!

For us its on the 11th of december at around 5:30am when the three planets plus the moon is gonna align on the eastern sky.

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Thanks Kev.

I woke up this morning expecting bleakness but was greeted by Venus blazing away in a (fairly) clear sky. Was just lifting the OTA out of the garage when the heavy rain drops started to fall so I thought better of it, got the wet gear on and headed off for a view of the Eastern sky. Was rewarded by my first sight of Mercury - much brighter and easier to see than I expected, even in the lightening sky.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get a good clear morning over the next few days so I can have a look with the 200P.

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It was pretty good this morning from Norfolk. Took a wander over to the village common so I could get a decent view of the horizon. Probably could have gone out earlier (before 6am) when it would have been darker, that's what I get for relying too much on the computer. It'll probably be cloudy tomorrow!

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What's the likelihood of seeing the rings on Saturn through an 8" 200P dob at that time in the morning? Will it be too bright?

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I've been out at 6.30 the last few mornings hoping for a glimpse since Saturn emerged from Venus but so far there has been too much cloud in the South :mad: Gonna try again tomorrow, but it's raining now so I'm not holding my breath :rolleyes:

(Did manage to see it on Stellarium, but it's not quite the same :shocked: )

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What's the likelihood of seeing the rings on Saturn through an 8" 200P dob at that time in the morning? Will it be too bright?

A big ofcourse! I can see the rings nicely with my 130p telescope with the supplied 10mm EP providing 65x!

For me, here in Dhaka, 5:30 is the ideal time because its a bit higher on the horizon and there arent any sunlight. at about 6am when the sun begins to rise saturn begins to lose its details until it vanishes completely!

So im pretty sure you'll be able to view it, esp coz you have a much more powerful scope than mine.

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