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Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Aug 2 14:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2070

This morning I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. A tiny new sunspot has appeared on the face of the sun. The problem is, I can't see it on my solar scope. I'll try tomorrow.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Aug 2 14:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2069

This morning I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. A tiny new sunspot has appeared on the face of the sun. The problem is, I can't see it on my solar scope. I'll try tomorrow.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.8, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2068

During the last two nights, I observed both Mars & Saturn with my mounted 10X50 astronomy binoculars. Saturn looks like a mini flying saucer in my binos. The rings seem attached to Saturn. Now that Mars is at its closest, I am able to see some surface detail on Mars' face. Now that the dust storm is dying down, I was able to notice a dark red area of Mars on its lower left. The upper left of Mars was very bright which tells me there is still dust storm activity there. There was also a dark feature in the center of Mars.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.8, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2067

During the last two nights, I observed both Mars & Saturn with my mounted 10X50 astronomy binoculars. Saturn looks like a mini flying saucer in my binos. The rings seem attached to Saturn. Now that Mars is at its closest, I am able to see some surface detail on Mars' face. Now that the dust storm is dying down, I was able to notice a dark red area of Mars on its lower left. The upper left of Mars was very bright which tells me there is still dust storm activity there. There was also a dark feature in the center of Mars.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.7, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2066

Early this morning, I observed Mars with my 10X50 binoculars. I was able to see the southern ice cap as a little white dot. It almost looked like it was not connected to the planet. Because of the ongoing dust storm. I was not able to see any dark markings on the face of the planet.

Other (Other, est. mag 7, est. to be in Cygnus)
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 Jul 19 02:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2065

This evening. I observed an asterism just below the star Deneb. The asterism is often referred to as Little Orion. It looks just like The Orion constellation in miniature.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.6)
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 Jul 16 00:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2064

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Mike & I observed the close conjunction of Venus & the two day old crescent moon. We were able to spot Venus before sunset & through binoculars, we could clearly see Venus in the waning gibbous phase. It was a great scene.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.6, est. to be in Capricornus)
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: Sat Jul 7 05:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2063

Early this morning I looked at Mars to see how the dust storm is going. The color of Mars is still yellow meaning the global dust storm continues unabated. I did see hints of orange & I'm hoping this is a sign that the dust storm may be beginning to die down. We'll have to wait & see.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 1 03:50:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2062

This morning I viewed the close conjunction of Mars & the waning gibbous moon. Mars is now looking reddish orange again & this tells me the global dust storm on Mars is beginning to wind down. I will check on the planet soon to see if this is true.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Capricornus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Jun 27 08:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2061

This morning, I looked at Mars to see how the global dust storm is doing. Mars is still bright yellow to the naked eye meaning the dust storm is still widespread. The storm doesn't look like it will be dying down soon.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Gemini)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   
Time: Thu Jun 21 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2060

Finally, I am able to see sunspots on the sun with my Sunspooter Solar Telescope. AR2715 is two sunspots together that seem to be growing. It's almost at the center of the sun's face now. AR2713 is two more sunspots getting ready to rotate off the sun's face. The sun is fairly active now.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Tue Jun 19 00:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2059

This evening, I was treated to a great lightning show as a thunderstorm passed by. The lightning produced different shapes & all the lightning bolts were orange rather than yellow. This was near sky astronomy at its best!

Venus (Planet, est. mag `3.9, est. to be in Cancer)
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 Jun 16 00:55:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2058

This evening I observed the close meeting of the crescent moon & Venus. Some earthshine was showing on the moon also.

Venus (Planet, est. mag `3.9, est. to be in Cancer)
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 Jun 16 00:55:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2057

This evening I observed the close meeting of the crescent moon & Venus. Some earthshine was showing on the moon also.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Capricornus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jun 14 08:35:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2056

Early this morning, I checked the color of Mars due to a huge dust storm that is raging across the whole planet. Sure enough, the color of Mars is yellow Vs its usual reddish orange color. I noticed last week Mars' color was starting to look yellow due to several localized dust storms. Anyone can see this change in Mars with just their naked eyes.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Capricornus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jun 14 08:35:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2055

Early this morning, I checked the color of Mars due to a huge dust storm that is raging across the whole planet. Sure enough, the color of Mars is yellow Vs its usual reddish orange color. I noticed last week Mars' color was starting to look yellow due to several localized dust storms. Anyone can see this change in Mars with just their naked eyes.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Jun 6 02:21:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2054

I just watched the ISS pass close to Jupiter before it disappeared in Earth's shadow. Spica was also nearby.

Mars (Planet, est. mag 1.6, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 3 08:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2053

Before dawn this morning, I observed the close conjunction of Mars & the moon. Mars was about a degree below the moon & it proved to be quite a sight. This marks the beginning of many to come Mars observations I will be making during the next three months.

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: good   Seeing: good
Time: Tue May 1 03:08:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2052

For the last two nights, I've been watching Jupiter & the moon hang together in the sky. Last night the moon was to the upper right of Jupiter & tonight, Jupiter was to the upper right of the moon. It was quite a sight.

M44 (Praesepe) (Open Cluster, in Cancer)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 18-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Branford, Connecticut, United States
Time: Sun Apr 22 01:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2051

This evening, my brother Anthony & I went to a local star party. Even though the moon was a waxing crescent, we were able to have good views of 6 galaxies. We started with M104, The Sombreros Galaxy. Its dust lane cut right across the galaxy. Next we viewed M51 & its companion galaxy that is merging with it. We were able to see the spiral effect of M51. Next, we viewed M81 & M82 at the same time. The dust lanes on M82 were very obvious & the spiral effect on M81 was impressive. Finally, we viewed M63 & saw a great dust lane going through that also. M44 The Beehive Open Cluster was the best thing I saw tonight. We also viewed M13, M92, M42, Venus & the moon itself. It was a nice night.

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 Apr 21 15:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2050

Finally, a sunspot #AR2706 has finally appeared on the sun. I observed this sunspot with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope & the spot is quite small. It is growing though so I'll make another observation tomorrow.

M92 (Globular Cluster, in Hercules)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat Apr 14 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2049

Star Party with the astronomy club. Bortle class 3 but it was still a very enjoyable evening. All objects clear and quick to find. Completing Messier certificate. M13, M41 which we also saw in binoculars, M43 located between the city light dome and the zodiacal light, the nebula cloud was hard to see, but we could see enough of it to know we found it; M92

M92 (Globular Cluster, in Hercules)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat Apr 14 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2048

Star Party with the astronomy club. Bortle class 3 but it was still a very enjoyable evening. All objects clear and quick to find. Completing Messier certificate. M13, M41 which we also saw in binoculars, M43 located between the city light dome and the zodiacal light, the nebula cloud was hard to see, but we could see enough of it to know we found it; M92

M43 (Bright Nebula, in Orion)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat Apr 14 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2047

Star Party with the astronomy club. Bortle class 3 but it was still a very enjoyable evening. All objects clear and quick to find. Completing Messier certificate. M13, M41 which we also saw in binoculars, M43 located between the city light dome and the zodiacal light, the nebula cloud was hard to see, but we could see enough of it to know we found it; M92

M43 (Bright Nebula, in Orion)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: light   Transparency: good   Seeing: excellent
Time: Sat Apr 14 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2046

Star Party with the astronomy club. Bortle class 3 but it was still a very enjoyable evening. All objects clear and quick to find. Completing Messier certificate. M13, M41 which we also saw in binoculars, M43 located between the city light dome and the zodiacal light, the nebula cloud was hard to see, but we could see enough of it to know we found it; M92

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