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Sun (Sun, est. to be in Aries)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Apr 10 15:43:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2101

This morning, I was finally able to observe a sunspot with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. AR2738 is a dark sunspot with facula around it. So far it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger but I'll check tomorrow.

Asteroid (Asteroid, est. mag 7.8, est. to be in Bootes)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Apr 7 03:40:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2100

This evening, I was able to spot Asteroid Pallas which was four degrees below & left of the bright star Arcturus with my 10X50 Binoculars. This was the first time I have ever seen this asteroid. That made me happy.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.3)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Mar 27 09:21:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2099

Yesterday, before dawn, I observed the close conjunction of Jupiter & the moon. They were about two degrees apart. I then went back to sleep.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Mar 24 00:01:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2098

This evening I watched the ISS pass right over head. In my binoculars, I was able to see the ISS's wings. It was a nice sight.

Moon (Moon, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Mar 19 01:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2097

This evening I viewed the close conjnction of the moon & Regulus. Regulus was less than 1 degree west of the moon & because the moon was so bright, I needed binoculars to see Regulus next to the moon. It was a nice sight.

Alpha Leo (Regulus) (Multiple Star, in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Mar 13 00:15:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2096

This evening, I was able to view Regulus & its faint double with my mounted 10x50 binoculars. Regulus' companion star is just west of Regulus when seen in binoculars.

Mercury (Planet, est. mag 0.1)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Feb 26 23:20:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2095

This evening I observed Mercury with my 10X50 binoculars. To my shock, I saw the half phase of Mercury almost lying partially on its back. To confirm what I saw. I looked at the current phase of Mercury online after I came back inside. Sure enough, I was right. One more thing, was Mercury had an orange appearance.

Venus (Planet)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Feb 18 10:35:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2094

Yesterday morning, I observed the close conjunction of Venus & Saturn. They were 1.1 degrees apart & were a beautiful sight in my binoculars, Way to the upper right of these planets was Jupiter. It was a great morning sight.

Venus (Planet)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Feb 18 10:35:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2093

Yesterday morning, I observed the close conjunction of Venus & Saturn. They were 1.1 degrees apart & were a beautiful sight in my binoculars, Way to the upper right of these planets was Jupiter. It was a great morning sight.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Jan 31 10:45:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2092

This morning I observed the gathering of Venus, the moon & Jupiter. The crescent moon was very close to Venus with Jupiter to the upper right nearby. It was a glorious sight.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Jan 31 10:45:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2091

This morning I observed the gathering of Venus, the moon & Jupiter. The crescent moon was very close to Venus with Jupiter to the upper right nearby. It was a glorious sight.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jan 22 10:05:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2090

For the last two mornings, I have been observing the close encounter of Venus & Jupiter in the southeastern sky before dawn. I noticed Venus Jupiter conjunctions are always more impressive in the morning than during the evening. With that said, there will be another close encounter in the evening between the two planets late this year.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jan 21 04:55:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2089

This evening. I observed the total lunar eclipse with my 10X50 binoculars & my naked eye. The moon's color looked dark orange & I gave the color of the eclipsed moon a rating of L=2.0 on the Danjon Scale. It is a beautiful eclipse to see.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jan 21 04:55:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2088

This evening. I observed the total lunar eclipse with my 10X50 binoculars & my naked eye. The moon's color looked dark orange & I gave the color of the eclipsed moon a rating of L=2.0 on the Danjon Scale. It is a beautiful eclipse to see.

Alpha CMa (Sirius) (Visual Binary, in Canis Major)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jan 7 02:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2087

A few evenings ago, I observed the colors of both Sirius & Procion with my naked eye & my 10X50 binoculars. Procion was colored yellow while Sirius is bluish white. This means Sirius is the hotter star of the two.

Alpha CMa (Sirius) (Visual Binary, in Canis Major)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jan 7 02:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2086

A few evenings ago, I observed the colors of both Sirius & Procion with my naked eye & my 10X50 binoculars. Procion was colored yellow while Sirius is bluish white. This means Sirius is the hotter star of the two.

M45 (Pleiades) (Open Cluster, in Taurus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Dec 30 00:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2085

This evening I observed a small cluster of stars that was just above the Hyades & below the Pleiades. I counted six stars in this cluster as I viewed it in my 10X50 binoculars.

M45 (Pleiades) (Open Cluster, in Taurus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Dec 30 00:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2084

This evening I observed a small cluster of stars that was just above the Hyades & below the Pleiades. I counted six stars in this cluster as I viewed it in my 10X50 binoculars.

M41 (Open Cluster, in Canis Major)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Dec 11 03:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2083

Last evening, my brother Anthony & I attempted to see the comet that is approaching Earth. Unfortunately, we did not see the comet. We did see the Hyades, Pleiades, & many objects in the Orion Constellation. We also got to see the M41 open cluster just below the bright star of Sirius. Finally, we saw our first Geminid meteor whose amber color showed its chemical composition to be sodium. This weekend, we will try to see the comet when it is closest to Earth.

M41 (Open Cluster, in Canis Major)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Dec 11 03:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2082

Last evening, my brother Anthony & I attempted to see the comet that is approaching Earth. Unfortunately, we did not see the comet. We did see the Hyades, Pleiades, & many objects in the Orion Constellation. We also got to see the M41 open cluster just below the bright star of Sirius. Finally, we saw our first Geminid meteor whose amber color showed its chemical composition to be sodium. This weekend, we will try to see the comet when it is closest to Earth.

Neptune (Planet, est. mag 7.9)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Dec 8 00:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2081

On Friday evening, my brother Anthony & I observed the close encounter of Mars & Neptune. Neptune was about a third of a degree to the lower right of Mars. My brother took three photographs of the conjunction & they came out very nicely.

Neptune (Planet, est. mag 7.9)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Dec 8 00:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2080

On Friday evening, my brother Anthony & I observed the close encounter of Mars & Neptune. Neptune was about a third of a degree to the lower right of Mars. My brother took three photographs of the conjunction & they came out very nicely.

M42 (Orion Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Orion)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Nov 30 04:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2079

This evening I observed Orion with my 10X50 binoculars. I first looked at the nebula itself & I was able to see a few Trapezium stars also. Looking at the belt stars, I was able to see a cluster of fainter stars all around the belt stars. The head of Orion also contains a group of fainter stars showing its head. Just below the nebula, there is a binocular double star which is nice to look at. Finally, I was able to compare & contrast the orange color of Betelguiese with the blue white color of Rigel.

M42 (Orion Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Orion)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Nov 30 04:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2078

This evening I observed Orion with my 10X50 binoculars. I first looked at the nebula itself & I was able to see a few Trapezium stars also. Looking at the belt stars, I was able to see a cluster of fainter stars all around the belt stars. The head of Orion also contains a group of fainter stars showing its head. Just below the nebula, there is a binocular double star which is nice to look at. Finally, I was able to compare & contrast the orange color of Betelguiese with the blue white color of Rigel.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Nov 22 01:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2077

After stuffing myself with turkey, I went outside to view the full moon with my 10X50 binoculars. Looking at the full moon with binoculars is a sight to behold. I was able to see the Tycho crater & its ray system as well as the dark areas of the moon. In binoculars, some of the dark areas were lighter than the other areas. From now on, I will always enjoy viewing the full moon with my binoculars every month.

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