Beautiful Tom. The detail on the moon is excellent.
[mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tom Polakis
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:58 AM
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Moon, Mercury, and Venus: Nearly Half Illuminated
The moon, Mercury, and Venus, are currently showing similar illumination. The
images were taken on the evening of the 17th and the morning of the 18th with a
The image of the moon was taken at prime focus, while Mercury and Venus were
imaged through a 5x Barlow lens. The two planets were imaged during the
daytime through a 780 nm infrared filter, to improve contrast with the blue
sky. Mercury's diameter is less than 7 arcseconds.
Percent illumination of the moon, Mercury, and Venus were 63%, 62%, and 48%,
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