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Mercury
My First Mercury Picture!


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After 10 years of astro imaging, this was my first attempt to image Mercury. Taken 6 days after the best evening elongation of the year.
NOTE - still using wrong aspect ratio, but did correct in post-processing. Also note that actual time & elevation are approximated.
Mercury Details:
Night of:Friday June 7, 2013
Site:Palomar Mountain
Local Time:8:00 PM | Jun 7, 2013
Altitude:15
Distance:84,666,251 miles
Magnitude:+0.07 mV
Diameter:7.39 arcsec
Tilt:+3.8 NP
Phase Angle:92.69
Illumination:47.66%
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Celestron NexImage5
f/ratio:f/10
Pixel Scale:0.214 arcsec
Gain:4
Exposure:0.048 sec
Video Length:?
Frames:
Stacked:1500
Shot:2.5K video made from combining several shorter videos
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