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Peter Lowenstein
Mutare, Zimbabwe
06:31 pm

Equipment Details:

Tripod-mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 in sunset and night scenery modes. 30 second time-exposure for low light photo.

Post-processing Details:

Photoshop Elements 15 - Crop and size reduce two images to produce mosaic. Minimal application of Star Spikes Pro filter to planet and stars.

Image Details:

Mercury from after sunset to last light.
Mercury has now risen far enough above the setting Sun to become visible above the last glow of sunset. Clear sky on Monday evening allowed Mercury to be observed above Murahwa Mountain from 40 minutes after sundown until it set at last light. As the sky darkened the bright evening star Spica and others from the constellations Virgo and Corvus appeared above it.