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Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.6, est. to be in Ophiuchus)
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: Sun Jun 16 03:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2109

Last evening, I viewed the close encounter of Jupiter & the moon. There were a lot of clouds, but I was still able to enjoy it.

M13 (Hercules Cluster) (Globular Cluster, in Hercules)
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 Jun 4 01:45:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2108

This evening, while scanning the skies with my binoculars, I was able to view the globular cluster M13. In binoculars, it looks like a tiny fuzz ball. I also observed some binocular double stars as well. I also scanned the Northern Crown with my binoculars & it was a stunning sight. I also got to see a satellite cross my field of view.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.5)
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 May 21 03:25:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2107

This evening, I observed the close encounter of the moon & Jupiter. They were about three degrees apart with Jupiter being to the upper right of the moon.

Alpha Lib (Star, in Libra)
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 May 18 03:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2106

This evening, I split the easy binocular double Alpha Librae witn my 10X50 Binoculars. It turned out to be an easy split of both stars.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed May 15 13:30:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2105

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. After spewing out about 3 CMEs, sunspot #2741 is now starting to decay. It will be rotating off the sun's face in a few days.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Taurus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sat May 11 05:07:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2104

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. One of the sunspots, #2740, is decaying & hard to see in my scope. The other spot, #2741, is very large with facula around it. With bad weather coming, I won't be able to observe the sun for awhile.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Taurus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed May 8 15:00:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2103

This morning I observed sunspots #2740 & 2741 on the face of the sun. Both spots are still large & both of them are surrounded by facula. It's nice to see the sun have spots on it.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Taurus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Mon May 6 15:00:00 2019 UT   Obs. no.: 2102

This morning, I was able to watch the return of old sunspot 2738 which is now renamed 2740. It still looks the same as before with one black sunspot & facula around it. There is another sunspot, # 2741, which should rotate onto the sun's face tomorrow or the day after.

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.

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