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Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
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: Mon Jun 20 03:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1975

Last evening, I viewed Mars through my 127mm MAK. There was a large area of limb haze at the edge of Mars. I also noticed The South Polar Hood was easier for me to see than the North Polar Ice Cap. I also noticed Mars has started to shrink in my scope as it begins to move further away.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1974

Yesterday, while on the road. I saw five planes attempt to right a message in the sky. It has been many years since I saw skywriters attempt to do a message. I could see that they briefly succeeded in writing the message but before I could get closer, the upper winds quickly washed out what was written. So to sum it up, it took five airplanes to write a message that remained visible for two minutes.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 8-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1973

On Tuesday evening, My friend Becky, her grandson Noah & I went to Leitner Observatory at Yale to observer Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & the moon with the various telescopes on the scene. Jupiter's equatorial belts were both equally bright which surprised me since the northern belt is usually brighter than the southern belt. Three of Jupiter's moons were also visible. Saturn's noth equatorial belt was very visible as well as the Cassini Division on Saturn's rings. On Mars, I was only able to glimpse the North Polar Ice Cap, & a few Dark areas of the Mars. The craters on the moon were glorious to see. The three of us are planning another trip there when Venus is higher in the sky in August.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 8-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Jun 14 21:00:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1972

On Tuesday evening, My friend Becky, her grandson Noah & I went to Leitner Observatory at Yale to observer Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & the moon with the various telescopes on the scene. Jupiter's equatorial belts were both equally bright which surprised me since the northern belt is usually brighter than the southern belt. Three of Jupiter's moons were also visible. Saturn's noth equatorial belt was very visible as well as the Cassini Division on Saturn's rings. On Mars, I was only able to glimpse the North Polar Ice Cap, & a few Dark areas of the Mars. The craters on the moon were glorious to see. The three of us are planning another trip there when Venus is higher in the sky in August.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.4, est. to be in Scorpius)
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: Fri Jun 10 04:15:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1971

This evening, I observed Mars with my 127mm MAK. Once again, I was able to view the north polar icecap as well as the south polar hood. I was not able to see any limb haze this time around but I did see plenty of dark areas on Mars' surface. I then pointed my scope to Saturn. There I was able to see the northern hemisphere of Saturn with two cloud belts going across the Saturn's face. I did manage to glimpse the Cassini division on Saturn's ring system as well as seeing Saturn's moon Titan. what a night of viewing!

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Scorpius)
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: Thu May 26 04:15:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1970

Just after midnight last night, I observed Mars with my 127 mm MAK scope. I was able to first notice Mars' north polar ice cap which was easy to see. I also observed the south polar hood as well as limb haze. There were plenty of dark areas on Mars' surface as well. As a bonus, nearby to the left of Mars was the rival of Mars Anteres. Now that's a double feature.

Mars (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: fair
Time: Mon May 23 04:15:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1969

I just finished looking at the Triangle of the moon, Mars & Saturn. Looking nice.

Mercury (Planet)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 127-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: good   
Time: Mon May 9 13:30:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1968

This morning, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I observed the transit of Mercury with my two telescopes. Mercury appeared as a small disc on the suns face. A few years back, Venus' disc was much larger & it seemed we were easily able to observe what looked like to us Venus' atmosphere. On Mercury, we did not see this effect.There was also a nice sunspot not to far where Mercury was transiting the sun. It was a great day for astronomy.

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
Transparency: good   
Time: Thu Apr 14 18:30:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1967

This afternoon, I aimed my Sunspotter Solar Telescope at a very large sunspot on the sun. this sunspot had a large area of facula around it & I must say, this was one of the largest sunspots I have ever observed. Very Impressive.

Jupiter (Planet, est. to be in Leo)
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 Feb 24 03:50:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1966

the Moon was passing low in the East...a nice sight.

Alpha CMa (Sirius) (Visual Binary, in Canis Major)
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: Tue Feb 23 00:30:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1965

With Sirius B's orbit swinging out farther away from Sirius, My brother Anthony & I decided to try to Split the Sirius double star with my 127mm MAK. We were able to see the Sirius B hugging next to Sirius. It was just barely out of the Sirius' glare & not to difficult to see.For the next three years, Sirius B's orbit will continue to pull farther away from Sirius, thus making it easier to see.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -5, est. to be in Camelopardalis)
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: Sun Feb 14 02:50:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1964

Iridium 21 flare seen clearly toward the NNE

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3, est. to be in Eridanus)
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: Sat Jan 30 02:34:00 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1963

Iridium 77 Flare in the south despite high clouds.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -3.5)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: East Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Oct 21 23:05:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1962

Last evening after work, I was able to view the ISS flying overhead. It was a nice sight.

Mercury (Planet, est. mag -1)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Durham, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sat Oct 17 09:50:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1961

this morning before we started hunting for pheasant, my friend Joe & I enjoyed a four planetary lineup in the eastern sky. Mercury was just above the horizon & it was fairly bright. Above Mercury was Jupiter & Mars in conjunction. Mars was less than half a degree from Jupiter. Finally above them all, was the brightest planet Venus. That was quite a show.

Moon (Moon, est. mag -6)
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 Oct 14 22:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1960

This evening, I stepped outside to observe the sliver crescent moon. There was even a little earthshine in it. A nice sight.

Mars (Planet, est. mag 1.5)
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: Sat Oct 10 10:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1959

Yesterday morning, before we went on a road trip, my brother Anthony, my friends Dave & Mike & I observed a beautiful planetary lineup in the eastern sky. The waning crescent moon was on the bottom with Jupiter above the moon. Mars was next above Jupiter, followed by very bright Venus. Finally, above Venus, was the star Regulus.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
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 Oct 7 23:15:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1958

Last evening, I watched the results of a rocket launch from Wallops Island Virginia. The rocket ejected Strontium & Barium into the Stratosphere which resulted in a pale blue circular cloud forming in the sky. The cloud then faded away after about a minute. It was quite a show. I also observed an Iridium Flare.

Moon (Moon, est. mag -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 Sep 28 00:13:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1957

This evening, my brother Anthony & I observed the total lunar eclipse of the super moon. This eclipse seemed to be on the darker side which I attributed to the ongoing forest fires on the west coast. I rated the eclipse darkness on the Dijon Scale to be L= 2.0. The super moon itself actually did look larger than the average full moon.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri Sep 4 23:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1956

Last night, my friend Steve Borer & I saw what is known as airglow just after sunset. What we thought we saw was very high altitude Noctilucent Clouds but it wasn't clouds at all. We checked with Space Weather & it turned out that we saw was an aurora like airglow 90-100 kilometers up. The air glow looked like a wavy cloud because gravity waves made the air glow look like that. It's not really understood how an air glow forms but it is a rarely seen phenomina. We were able to watch it for 15 minutes & then it just melted away. What a sight it was!

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.0)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 40-mm refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Sep 2 00:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1955

On Tuesday evening my brother Anthony showed everyone Saturn with his small spotting scope. The tiny image of Saturn & its rings were sharp & clear even though no details were seen. It was a beautiful view of Saturn's ring system.

Sun (Sun)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 62-mm other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Time: Wed Aug 19 17:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1954

This afternoon I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. I was able to view one faint sunspot group #2401. It looked like a simple complex & the sun continues to remain quiet.

Meteor (Meteor, est. mag -3, est. to be in Cassiopeia)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Aug 13 03:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1953

Last evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Steve & I observed The Perseid Meteor Shower from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. During the two hours we observed, we saw about fifty meteors with several of these being blue & bright. we also used our binoculars to view the Pleides open cluster, M45 & the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. It was a very enjoyable night of meteor watching.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Time: Thu Jul 30 17:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1952

On July 30th, while vacationing in Saratoga, I saw a tornado. I was sitting on the motel balcony watching a thunderstorm when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a week tornado moving from my right to a position directly in front of me. When it did reach that position, the tornado fizzled out. I don't usually right about atmospherical phenomena but this was really something to see.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.7, 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 Jun 30 01:15:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1951

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I observed the close conjunction Of the Planets Venus & Jupiter. Jupiter was less than .4 of a degree above & left of Venus. In binoculars, Venus was a waning crescent while a couple of Jupiter's moons were in View. Tomorrow night, These two planets will be just .3 of a degree apart.

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