Planetary Obession (latest: Mercury)

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joachim.ong
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Re: Planetary Obession (latest: Mercury)

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About time for an update; first my images from last year.

Mars around opposition in 2020:

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Olympus Mons prominent in the middle
C8/CG5-Onstep/QHY5L-II-C/GSOx2.5/SvBony UV-IR Cut


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Sinus Meridiani, Mare Erythraeum, Chryse Planita
This time with the South Polar Cap rotated to the top.
C8/CG5-OnStep/QHY5L-II-C/GSOx2.5/SvBony UV-IR Cut


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Elysium volcanic region, along with some clouds, in the north (top right).
C8 / CG-5 (manual) / SV305 Pro / No barlow
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Re: Planetary Obession (latest: Saturn, Polar Hexagon??)

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Some active regions on the Sun in December:

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Stitched image of the full disk.

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Close up of sunspots

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Sunspots and faculae


William Optics ZS 70ED + Baader Solar Film
Skywatcher Star adventurer
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Re: Planetary Obession (latest: Saturn, Polar Hexagon??)

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Mercury, approaching maximum western elongation, exhibiting an almost half phase.
It seems like seeing in the morning is generally more stable! Imaged this at 8am which was probably a little too late. Also imaged through a diagonal as I wanted to minimize the risk of losing the planet when swapping to the camera after visual observing. First attempt at using an ADC too, still figuring it out.

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Celestron C8
ZWO ADC
GSO x2.5
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Re: Planetary Obession (latest: Mercury)

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Very cool! It was about the maximum apparent size of observable Mercury for a long time. You must be well prepared.

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