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Alpha Ori (Betelgeuse) (Star, in Orion)
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 Oct 22 05:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2035

Early this morning, while I was looking for Orinid meteors, I looked at two bright old dying stars. In Taurus, I compared Aldebaran with Orion's Betelgeuse. Both stars at orange colored meaning their temperatures are on the lower side. However Betelgeuse looks a little ruddier than Aldebaran which makes it older & cooler than Aldebaran. Based on this simple observation it looks like Betelgeuse will be the first to go supernova.

M27 (Dumbell Nebula) (Planetary Nebula, in Vulpecula)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 18-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Milford, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Oct 21 00:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2034

This evening my brother Anthony & I attended a local star party in Milford, Ct. The biggest scope at the star party was an 18" dob. In it we viewed M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. It showed nicely & we were even able to see its shape. We also viewed M31, M52, M81, M45 & M57. We also observed Uranus with its blue green color. What a great night of astronomy!

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-inch other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Oct 18 16:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2033

Today, I viewed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. Once again the sun has no sunspots on it. It's been blank for several days now.

Asteroid (Asteroid)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Oct 12 00:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2032

This evening I am watching the close flyby of asteroid NEA 2012 TC4 online using the Slooh wide field & half a meter telescopes. This asteroid will come within 26,000 miles of Earth in a few hours but I 'm able to watch it now on the Slooh telescopes. The asteroid looks like a streak in the sky so far.

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: Wed Oct 4 04:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2031

Last evening, before I went to bed, I observed The Pleiades & Hyades with my 10X50 Binoculars. Most of the Pleiades contain hot blue stars which are still close together since their birth. The older Hyades cluster has more cooler yellow looking stars that are spread more out from each other. The Hyades also have a few binocular doubles within the cluster also. Red Aldeberon is an old dying star that is much closer to us & is not a member of the Hyades Cluster.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Sep 28 22:55:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2030

This evening I viewed the ISS as it flew over my condo. With binoculars, I was able to see the ISS' wings.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Sep 27 15:45:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2029

This morning I observed the Sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. The sun now has 3 impressive Sunspot groups. Sunspot AR2681 is getting ready to move off while sunspot groups AR2682 & AR2683 are now on the sun's face. It looks to me like these sunspots may become active & possibly send a CME our way. Let's wait & see.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Sep 5 14:45:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2028

This morning I looked at the two giant sunspots AR2673 & AR2674. AR 2673 just sent an CME towards Earth & we should get good auroras on the 6th or the 7th. These spots can be seen with ordinary eclipse glasses now. I just viewed them with mine.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Sep 4 13:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2027

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. Sunspots AR2673 & AR2674 are growing rapidly & either group could unleash a powerful CME towards Earth. If this happens, Auroras will occur.

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: Fri Sep 1 13:35:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2026

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. A rather large sunspot grouping, AR2674, is now crossing the sun's face. I am also able to see the sunspots with my small 7X50 solar scope. Ahead of this group is a smaller sunspot, AR2673. The sun is really active this morning.

M29 (Open Cluster, in Cygnus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Aug 31 01:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2025

This evening, my brother Anthony & I viewed a few objects with my 127mm MAK. The highlight of the evening was our observation of the open cluster M29. We were able to see many stars in the cluster. We also viewed the galaxy M31 but all we could see was the core of the galaxy. We also viewed Saturn & with its rings wide open, it was a great sight. Saturn also had a close pairing with the moon.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Aug 30 15:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2024

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. A fairly large sunspot, AR2674, has just appeared on the sun. I think it will be an interesting spot to follow because it looks impressive. We'll see if it sends a CME in our direction.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Aug 23 16:08:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2023

Who said the sun is becoming quiet? While observing the sun a few minutes ago, I saw that old sunspot group AR2671 was getting ready to rotate off the sun's face, another sunspot group, AR2672 was rotating onto the sun's face. Yes. The sun seems to be getting quite active & I think this new sunspot group may throw a CME towards Earth resulting in possible auroras.

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: Mon Aug 21 18:45:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2022

This afternoon a large groups of us observed the partial solar eclipse. We watched as 68.3% of the moon got covered by the moon's shadow. Also, because there were high thin clouds, we were able to see a ring around the eclipsed sun. It was a great day for all of us.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Aug 17 15:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2021

This morning I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. A new sunspot group, AR2671 has appeared on the sun's face. It's possible that this grouping will produce an X class flare which may cause auroras down the road. I also think this spot will still be on the sun's face on 8/21 when the solar eclipse occurs. That would be a nice double header.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Aug 9 16:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2020

Around noon today my brother Anthony & I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Scope. One spot, AR2670, continues to move across the sun's face. It doesn't look like it will cause any auroras though.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Aug 3 05:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2019

This afternoon, I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. A new sunspot just rotated onto the sun's face. This was the same spot that brought a great aurora about 2-3 weeks ago. It doesn't look like it is very powerful this time around though.

Moon (Moon)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Wed Aug 2 00:40:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2018

This evening, I observed the moon with my 10X50 binoculars. Looking at the terminator with just binoculars is a very rewording experience. The big craters on the bottom half of the waxing gibbous moon are quite a sight to see. There is also another crater in the middle of the moon that is easy to see. Another thing I noticed was some mares were much darker that the others with Mare Tranquillitatias seemingly having a blue tinge to it. I have heard that with binoculars you can possibly see a hint of blue in that one mare.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Time: Fri Jul 28 16:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2017

While on vacation in Saratoga, my friends Rich, Dave & I observed a fairly rare site. There was a thin layer of high altitude clouds. A high flying jet left its vapor trail behind for a long distance. The sun was just to the vapors trail's left side & this caused a very dark shadow right next to the vapor trail. As the vapor trail started to dissipate, the shadow became dimmer & dimmer. Wow, another astronomy first for me.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Leo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jul 23 16:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2016

This afternoon, I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. After last's weeks action, the sun this week is completely blank. No spots at all.

M13 (Hercules Cluster) (Globular Cluster, in Hercules)
Observer: Marcos González Troyas (e-mail: mgtroyas@gmail.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector   Location: Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sat Jul 15 00:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2015

Se resuelven las estrellas fácilmente.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) (Bright Nebula, in Sagittarius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 17 01:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2014

Last evening, my brother Anthony & I had the pleasure of viewing the northern lights which resulted from a CME that was ejected by the sunspot AR2665 that I talked about in a previous post. There was both reds & greens from thee aurora with the green blanketing the sky with red streaks coming & going. After the aurora died down we started to observe objects with our computerized telescope. The top objects we viewed were M13, M8, M17, Ms 5,6,7 among others. We also observed Saturn & its moons. We ended the evening by observing the Southern Crown, which was below Sagittarius which contrasted nicely with the Northern Crown. It was a great night to view!!!

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Thu Jul 13 15:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2013

This morning, I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. Sunspot group AR2665 doesn't look as complex as it did a few days ago. I think it may be starting to decay now.

Other (Other, est. mag 7, est. to be in Pegasus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Jul 10 01:40:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2012

After observing the sun today, I decided to observe the star HD162826 which is located in the one o'clock position from Vega. This star came out of the same star cluster as our own sun did 4.5 billion years ago. It is 15% larger than our sun but it does look yellow like our sun. Astronomers are hunting for more stars that came out of the sun's cluster.

Sun (Sun, est. to be in Cancer)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Sun Jul 9 16:20:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2011

This afternoon, I observed the sun with my Sun SpotterSolar Telescope. A new sunspot AR2665 has formed & it looks very active. I'm hoping for some northern lights.

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