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Mercury and the Pleiades


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As you know, Mercury passed near and South of M25 at the end of April. Generally cloudy weather in NE England at that time, but the evening of 29th April was clear although with a lot of moisture in the air, and as luck would have it, Mercury was at its closest to M25.  I had a clear view of a low Western horizon, and was able to capture the attached.  Canon 700D with Canon 400L lens (400mm fl) at f 6.3.  Stack of 15 x 4 second subs at ISO 800.  North is up, so the horizon is tilted by 30 degrees.

As you can see when it was dark enough (22:19 BST) to show the brighter stars of the Pleiades, Mercury (4 degrees altitude) was fast sinking into horizon murk!   Sod's law kicked in today, so the even more interesting view this evening of both objects with a thin crescent Moon in a straight line parallel to the horizon was clouded out 😡

Cheers,

Peter

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