Sunday, July 30, 2017

Looking for Mercury

I went down to the harbor this evening at sunset.  I wanted to find the planet Mercury.  You have to wait until the sky darkens perhaps a half hour after sunset.  The problem is that the longer you wait for darker skies, the lower Mercury gets to the horizon, and to the haze which can begin to obscure it.  I was using big binoculars - 16x70 Fujinons, and I looked for 40 minutes, but never found the planet. But the afterglow of sunset was pretty nice, so I made this photograph of the sky and the water in-between looking for Mercury, so it wasn't a total loss.

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