With clear skies over the next two evenings Mercury makes a good target as it approaches greatest eastern elongation (on27th) visible from approx. 18:15 till 19:00, looking to the west south west and with a good clear horizon, try spotting it with binoculars first.
All images taken with Canon 450D on tripod, cable shutter release , manual focus, all 1600 !SO with Sigma 150 – 500 mm zoom lens.
F10, 1.6″ 150mm, atmospheric lighting courtesy of street lights.
F8, 1/8″, 200mm
Up close and personal at F8, 0.8″, 500mm
Unfortunately didn’t have a photogenic church steeple to hand!
Clearing skies approaching sunset held the promise of Venus and Mercury, as well as a young crescent moon. 19:15 pm went out to front of house armed with 7×50 binoculars, Young crescent moon, with earthshine visible at about 30 deg in the WSW, Venus also visible with naked eye ,near enough W and low down at 5 deg , grazing the chimney pots and playing hide and seek through low cloud bank to the west. No sign of mercury visually, but with binoculars could be located a couple of degrees to right and above Venus, even when I knew where it was , still couldn’t discern it visually, 5 mins later cloud bank hid Venus visually, could still pick it out with binoculars and mercury was getting lost in a bank of higher wispy cloud.
Worth looking out for if clear at sunset.