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Cosmic Geoff

Venus and Mercury, Oct 28

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At around 14.35 GMT today I observed Venus, Mercury and Jupiter, with my 127mm Mak SLT GoTo.

Venus was a large, very thin crescent, trembly in poor seeing. Mercury was easy to see once I got my eye in, and Jupiter was easier to pick out with a red filter. 

Mercury and Jupiter are now not far apart. (7min RA 3 deg Dec.)

The visibility of Mercury seems dependent on atmospheric clarity.  On several days recently I looked for it but could not see it.

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