Observing Mercury for the first time – conjunction of Mercury and Venus

Rhus and I took these photos from Streethay near Lichfield, UK.

They are taken using hand held Samsung S10+ phone by Rhys whilst I am aiming my image stabilised 12×36 binoculars at the two planets. Most people would have emphasised the conjunction of Mercury and Venus and indeed we caught this in our photos, also showing Venus has a phase like the Moon. However,  we have emphasised Mercury as it is the first time we have we have managed to observe it with certainty after many failed attempts in past.

OK – the pictures are not great – after all hand held phone to small binoculars – but they prove we saw the conjunction and planets!

Andy and Rhys

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