Venus+Mercury+Jupiter Together

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Venus+Mercury+Jupiter Together

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25th May 2013. 2115-2200BST. The sky was very clear so went to the local park with Minox MD50W (zoom spotting-scope) on a Slik F730 tripod and took with me the 6x30 Celestron Outland monocular which has a 'given' fov of 10.5 degrees. Venus was soon located in the Minox and then Mercury was seen in the same fov. Jupiter would not fit the fov being further out so employed the 6x30 handheld monocular from then on in which all three could be well seen as a tilted isosceles triangle. Took a break to walk the dog but returned later to watch Venus disappear behind the distance hill in the northwest at 2200BST. Throughout Venus could be seen without optical aid, and latterly Jupiter also but Mercury was never certainly seen without an instrument. As Venus went down, the just-after-full Moon was rising spectacularly above the southeast horizon. maf
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Yes, it's a great sight. I saw it from my garden just after sunset and managed to get a, not very good, image before they set.

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Just this evening at ~21h30BST "caught" bright Venus in the "v" notch between two rooflines to the northwest from my landing window. Had a play with my Lumix TZ18, setting 400ASA, f5.6 at 1/60sec with the zoom at about halfway, and was pleased to see I also recorded much fainter Mercury a little way above Venus at that time.

What really sticks in my mind is just how quickly Venus was moving relative to the roofline. It was setting much faster than I expected and was no longer visible to me by about 21h50BST :)

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Sunday 26th May 2130-2200BST. To the Park with 60mm zoom Piccolo scope on tripod and also 6x30 monocular. In the 6omm at lowest magnification (x15) Mercury just fitted in the fov above Venus and out to the left Jupiter did not quite fit in with Venus. Jupiter and Mercury were further apart still. In the 6x30 handheld the three did not, of course, exactly form an equilateral but more so that on the previous evening, when they appeared as a long isosceles triangle. Venus set behind the hills at just after 2200BST. maf
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May 26, 21:30 to 22:10, five of us from Fordingbridge Astronomers observed the trio from Hyde Common. Easy observation, with all three fitting in the FoV of a 15x70 binocular. All three also observed by all five with unaided vision (Mercury only for about 15 minutes before it descended into the horizon murk -- unlikely to have been achieved without the close proximity of Venus as a guide to its exact location).
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Mercury + Venus Only: 31st May 2013. 2130-2150BST: Clouds were pulling away from the NW horizon enabling a good view of Venus and 6 minutes later Mercury...Mercury was at the 11 0'clock position re Venus and they were separated by about = to the altitude of Venus above the hill-horizon. A narrow band of dark cloud made any sighting if Jupiter impossible. However as I sat quietly on a low wall around the football pitch watching the planets with my handheld 6x30 mono, accompanied by my cat how had followed me there, we watched a fox calmly stroll across the pitch....I had a good view of in the mono too....and it strolled off unconcernedly! maf
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Sunday 2nd June 2013. 2135-2200+ BST. From the park with handheld 10x40 Mirador binoiculars. Mercury, Venus and Jupiter too in a diagonal line, more or less equispaced (about 6 deg apart). Jupiter set at 2145BST behind the distant hill. maf
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