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    I saw it tonight. it was about 6:50 PM in St Louis.



    Maybe I'll take my camera with me tomorrow.
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    Saw it at 6:20pm CST in Milwaukee. I'll look for it tomorrow, which will probably be the last good chance as the weather is expected to turn bad for the weekend.

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    The BA said:
    It's only being removed from the labs. They'll probably keep it in the textbooks... with a disclaimer.
    I still have a five pound flask of it (Hg). Stored next to my beta-low gamma sources. Good shielding plus it is 50 meters from the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial Mechanic
    Saw it at 6:20pm CST in Milwaukee. I'll look for it tomorrow, which will probably be the last good chance as the weather is expected to turn bad for the weekend.

    Hey, I just saw it around 7 pm mountain time. It's the only "star" up there in that position, so seeing it after sunset should be easy. I waited until it was almost dark, but the western horizon was still a little bright and rosy.

    Anyone wanting to see it, go to:

    http://skyandtelescope.com/observing...icle_110_1.asp

    The moon is not in that position yet, but it should be tomorrow.

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    I just got a good look at it... and some great pix! I have a new camera, and it has a self-timer and a shutter that opens for up to 30 seconds, so that's nice. No tripod, but the top of the van does well.

    Here is a thumbnail of the shot. Click it to get a bigger picture:


    The full-res image rocks, but it's 2.5 Mb, so I won't be posting it here. Got a nice shot of Orion, too... well, his top half. I need to get a tripod! But this is fun. Hmmm... I need two tripods, so I can do some afocal shots through my binocs. 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    I just got a good look at it... and some great pix! I have a new camera, and it has a self-timer and a shutter that opens for up to 30 seconds, so that's nice. No tripod, but the top of the van does well.
    I brightened your picture up a little. Hope you don't mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    I have a new camera...
    OK...I'm curious. What model camera did you get??

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    I like it better darker, actually. The colors are richer. :-)

    The camera is a Sony Cybershot with 5 Mpix. I didn't want so many pixels (4 is fine by me) but the 4 Mpix cameras don't have the features I want. I researched the heck outta this. Anyway, it was more than I wanted to spend, but I was given a camera for Christmas that broke within a few days (at TAMIII, grrr) so I traded it in. I think it's a fantastic camera. My favorite feature: when you hit the on button, it turns on immediately. My old camera waited at least two seconds to turn on, and I missed a lot of shots (like bats in Australia, grrrr again).

    I took some shots a few minutes ago of Orion and Saturn, but they aren't as nice. Oh well.

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    This evening the new Moon will be just three and a half degrees from Mercury. Should make a nice photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    This evening the new Moon will be just three and a half degrees from Mercury. Should make a nice photo!
    It will do if the cloud breaks enough to get a decent view. Looks a bit iffy just now and sunset is due in 13 mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
    ...it has a self-timer and a shutter that opens for up to 30 seconds...

    ...when you hit the on button, it turns on immediately.
    Sounds like a sweet camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    This evening the new Moon will be just three and a half degrees from Mercury. Should make a nice photo!
    I'll be taking a look tonight...we do have a number of very tall trees just west of us that may block the view.

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    Well, this could have been so much better but between dodging snow flurries, a howling wind, (and, if you look at the full view, those clouds hurtling in from the North), it was the best I managed. Had no time to faff about and the focus is a bit off Pity because the earthshine on the moon was very distinct and while I had the chance it was a lovely view. Never mind - I'm sure you can all do better!



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    Lovely clear skies here;
    saw the fast little planet while out walking the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogesque
    Never mind - I'm sure you can all do better!
    Not with my decrepit camera but I'll give it a shot anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogesque
    Had no time to faff about...
    Hey! I think I just learned a new word! :wink:

    I'm sure you can all do better!
    Actually, it's not that bad at all. Is it my imagination or can I see the cresent of Mercury in your picture??

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.A.F.
    Quote Originally Posted by frogesque
    Had no time to faff about...
    Hey! I think I just learned a new word! :wink:

    I'm sure you can all do better!
    Actually, it's not that bad at all. Is it my imagination or can I see the cresent of Mercury in your picture??
    Going by the clearer pics I took the other night it's an image artefact. I had hoped to get the telephoto on but by the time I'd changed lenses that cloud was total.

    Concise Oxford Dictionary - Eighth edition, reprinted 1990, IBSN 0-19-861243-5 thumb index.
    faff v. & n. Brit colloq. - v.intr (often foll. by around, about) fuss, dither. - n. a fuss. [imit.]
    :wink:

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    This is the best I could muster from tonight's photo-op. Shame, cause the conditions were quite good.



    A new camera unburdened by nyctophobia has moved to position #1 on my stuff-to-get list. ](*,)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine
    This is the best I could muster from tonight's photo-op. Shame, cause the conditions were quite good.
    That's a very good picture.

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    Heh, you should have seen it before subtracting a darkframe.

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    Don't beat yourself Wolverine, not a bad pic. I blew my chance the other night, it was relatively clear here in the 'Burgh (always a rarity) and I was too busy. Been snowy ever since..

    I did see Mercury before, but it is a "catch" .. especially where I is .. :-?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine
    Heh, you should have seen it before subtracting a darkframe.
    Maybe next time you can use your flash so you can have the whole moon lit up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer17
    Don't beat yourself Wolverine, not a bad pic.
    I appreciate it, just sick of potentially fantastic moments slipping through my fingers due to inadequate equipment. Anyone want to buy a guitar or three so I can go get a Rebel? 8-[

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    Hmmm, Wolv's look a lot like mine...






    Don't they make a nice couple? The second picture was taken a few minutes after the first, with a longer exposure time (but a smaller aperture). Note that Mercury is blurred due to the Earth's rotation, but I wanted a good earthshine image of the Moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine
    Quote Originally Posted by Archer17
    Don't beat yourself Wolverine, not a bad pic.
    I appreciate it, just sick of potentially fantastic moments slipping through my fingers due to inadequate equipment. Anyone want to buy a guitar or three so I can go get a Rebel? 8-[
    Yes!

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    Well, here's my "attempt"...



    ...darn TREES!!

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    R.A.F., think of trees as ways of artistically enhancing the picture. Without them, there wouldn't be a sense of scale. Separating the Moon and Mercury that way is prettier!

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    Or use the sure-fire tree removal method.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine
    This is the best I could muster from tonight's photo-op. Shame, cause the conditions were quite good.



    A new camera unburdened by nyctophobia has moved to position #1 on my stuff-to-get list. ](*,)
    Nice pic =D> =D> Interesting to see the effect of different time and location.

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    I've seen mercury naked eye and with an aid (11" Smit-cass). And through my 8". Colourful blob.

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    I was beginning to think the clouds would spoil this entire apparition, but they cleared away last night to give me a lovely glimpse of Mercury next to the merest sliver of New Moon. Beautiful!

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