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nukeman Nov11-10 03:31 PM

*Question about Mercury, and viewing it from various view (binoculars to hubble)
 
Hi guys,

Im just starting to get into viewing. I have a question about Mercury though.

Can someone give me an idea of what mercury looks like from the Naked eye, binoculars, telescope, and hubble. Mainly im trying to get what variations in colour, texture, surface details/features, are noticable with each different view.

Thanks.

NobodySpecial Nov11-10 04:27 PM

Re: *Question about Mercury, and viewing it from various view (binoculars to hubble)
 
By eye it's basically a failry faint star, it's too small to see as planet-like and since it's always so close to the sun you can only generally see it just before dawn.

It's around 8-10" at best so should be visible as a disk in a small telescope, Probably aren't many Hubble photos because you wouldn't want to point the HST that close to the sun!


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