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Mercury as a Winter Evening Star


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Elusive Mercury has commenced its apparition in the western sky after sunset following its superior conjunction behind the Sun on 2020 DEC 19. This should be a rather favorable apparition except for observers south of the tropics.

Photos and descriptions of Mercury during this apparition would be welcome additions to this thread.

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Just enjoyed some nice views of Mercury through my 10x50 bins and then my 80mm frac. I was able to see the phase of the planet with the frac. Lovely start to the weekend. 

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I have seen Mercury through bins a handful of times. Not through a telescope unfortunately. I don’t have clear enough views to the horizon. I have always got a bit of a thrill from spotting when I have by eye or bins. Once you get your eye in it’s interesting to keep track of it as the days go by. 

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