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Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Lyra)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Orange, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jul 22 04:17:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1929

went out East to the closed White Tortilla Kitchen and was on the centerline(?) to see an Iridium 50 flare.

Other (Other)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Jul 16 00:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1928

This evening, My brother Anthony, my friends Dave, Mike & I saw the most incredible sunset. Beside the great colors, we counted more than 30 Crespiculer rays. We ended up watching this sunset for more than a half an hour!

Moon (Moon)
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 Jul 13 00:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1927

On Saturday evening, my brother Anthony & I watched the super moon rise in the east. I always like to look at the full moon all the time & this helps me appreciate the super moon even more. Next super moon will be August 10th.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Cygnus)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Jul 11 05:04:13 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1926

Iridium 83 flare...very bright.

Saturn (Planet, est. mag -.4, est. to be in Libra)
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 Jul 8 01:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1925

Last evening, my friend Joe & I viewed the close conjunction of Saturn & the moon. Saturn was about 0.6 degrees above the moon. A very nice sight.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -.4, est. to be in Virgo)
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 Jul 6 01:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1924

This evening a group of friends & I enjoyed the fireworks at the West Haven beach. Before the fireworks started, We were able to view the close conjunction of the moon, Mars & Spica. Mars was only .2 of a degree just above the moon while Spica was just 1.5 degrees left of the moon. The fireworks erupted right in front of the planet Saturn, which has its own conjunction with the moon on Monday evening July 7th. That will also be a nice sight.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -7, est. to be in Hercules)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jul 1 04:10:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1923

Iridium 61 fairly high flare.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -5, est. to be in Lyra)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Jun 25 04:37:46 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1922

Iridium 35 flare near Vega.

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.0, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 6-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jun 22 02:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1921

Last night, my friend Steve & I viewed a number of objects with Steve's 6" Dob & my 12MM Televue eyepiece. We first turned our attention to Saturn, where we were able to see a belt going across the northern hemisphere. We were also able to see the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings. We then observed Mars & much to our surprise, we were still able to see some albedo markings & Mars' polar icecap. After viewing some double stars & seeing a -4 magnitude iridium flair, we turned our attention to a first time object for us to view. The star HD162826 is now considered to be our sun's sister star meaning it was born in the same nebula as our sun, 4.5 billion years ago. This star is about 6th or 7th magnitude & is easy to find one binocular field above & right of Vega. It looked yellow in my binoculars too. One more sky first we saw was Chinese lanterns, which look like UFO's floating across the sky. It was a great evening of viewing.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -6, est. to be in Cygnus)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Jun 20 04:56:46 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1920

ISS pass before it passed into the Umbra.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -8, est. to be in Lyra)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Jun 20 04:58:46 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1919

Iridium 96 flare below Vega toward the East.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -7, est. to be in Bootes)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: none   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Jun 19 03:19:59 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1918

Iridium 32 flare near Zenith high toward the East in bright Twilight.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4, est. to be in Cygnus)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Jun 12 05:28:24 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1917

Iridium 5 flare low in the East-Northeast.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -7, est. to be in Corona Borealis)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jun 12 03:53:24 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1916

Iridium 32 high in the East

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -6)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: poor   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 3 04:10:24 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1915

ISS Pass from the South to the East...high clouds blocking.

Meteor (Meteor, est. mag -7)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: light   Transparency: excellent   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Jun 1 03:15:24 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1914

seen this Bolide in the Northwest during mid-twilight.

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.00, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: Port Charlotte , Florida, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Fri May 23 02:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1913

While vacationing in Florida, my friend Steve & I viewed Saturn with my 10X50 binoculars. With Saturn's rings very wide now, the planet looked like a tiny flying saucer. We also noted how Jupiter, Mars & Saturn were strung out along the ecliptic covering the whole sky. Scorpio was a great sight high in the southern sky with M7 visible with the naked eye. The next evening our entire group went on a sunset cruise. The sun looked completely distorted just before sunset. I promised everyone we would see the green flash but alas, I was wrong. Still, it was great watching the sunset.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag 7, est. to be in Hercules)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Tue May 27 05:02:24 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1912

Iridium 59 near Vega

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag 6, est. to be in Bootes)
Observer: Mark D. Schneider (e-mail: markd_s@yahoo.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat May 24 03:35:55 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1911

Iridium 3 bright flare high in the East

Mars (Planet, est. mag -1.5, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 16-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Branford, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Apr 20 01:00:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1910

Last evening, my brother Tony, my friend Steve & I went to a local star party in Branford, CT. I did a lot of my viewing in the 16" scope with Mars the prime target. Even in the 16" Mars' shrinking polar cap was difficult to see. However, the dark albedo features were easy to see. If I had a map of Mars, I would have been able to identify what I was looking at. During this apparition, I've only been able to see limb haze just once. Even with this large scope, We could not see limb haze. I see this as a subtle change in Mars' climate. We then turned the scope on Jupiter, who's belts really showed very clearly. I saw one knot on Jupiter's North Equitorial belt but I did not see any festooning. The belts & polar regions of Jupiter were magnificent. Since there were a lot of cirrus clouds, we looked at a couple of double stars. In Leo, one double star who's name I can't remember showed two beautiful yellow components almost touching them. We also split Mizor into a larger & smaller blue component which was also very striking. Finally, we closed the evening by viewing M44, an open cluster. Within the cluster, there were many double & triple stars which I believe will always be together, even as the cluster starts to Separate. A great Saturday night of viewing.

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: Mon Apr 14 15:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1909

This morning I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. There are four or five sunspot groups going all along the face of the sun. two of the groups, #2034 & 2035, are pretty impressive & they may send a CME our way. As always, I'm hoping for an aurora.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -1.5, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Apr 13 03:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1908

Last evening I observed Mars with my 127mm MAK. I was able to see a dark area on Mars which I believe was Syrtis Major. It showed vividly during a few moments of good seeing. I also saw some limb haze on one side of Mars. This was my first view of limb haze during this apparition. As for the north polar ice cap, it is shrinking fast. All in all, this was my best view of Mars so far.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -1.5, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Apr 9 03:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1907

This evening, I observed Mars with my 127mm MAK. With Mars being at its closest now, I am starting to see some features on Mars' surface, I'm able to see Mars' polar ice cap & now, I am also able to see Mars' south polar hood. I am also seeing a lot more albedo features on Mars also. I love this planet.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -1.6, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Apr 6 02:30:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1906

This evening, I observed Mars with my 127mm MAK. I am still able to see the shrinking north polar ice cap along with some albedo features. I also used my 10X50 binoculars to compare & contrast the different colors of Mars & Spica. The orange of Mars & the blue color of Spica are great to look at in binos.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -1.6, est. to be in Virgo)
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 19 02:45:00 2014 UT   Obs. no.: 1905

Last night, my friend Steve & I took a ride to a fairly dark sight to view Mars, the moon & Spica rise together. Spica was to the upper right of the moon & Mars was to the upper left of the moon. It was a great sight.

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