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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: 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.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Virgo)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: East Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: good
Time: Fri Jun 30 15:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2010

Last evening, my co-worker Suezie & I got to view the conjunction of Jupiter & the moon as we left work. They were about three degrees apart. As an added touch, there was lightning from a distant thunderstorm also. It was quite a sky show.

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 Jun 14 15:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2009

This morning I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Scope. There was only one tiny sunspot on the eastern limb of the sun. Otherwise, the sun's face was blank.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.2)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 40-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Jun 12 01:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2008

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I saw the ISS pass directly over our heads. We then mounted our binoculars on a mount to view the heavens. We first looked at Jupiter & we were able to see 3 of its moons in the mounted binos. We also were able to see the rings of Saturn. In Scorpio, we were barely able to see M4 but the biggest thrill was we were able to get the smudge of Comet Johnson on Anthony's camera even though we couldn't see the comet ourselves with our mounted binoculars. We ended the evening by watching a blood red moon rise. We had a very enjoyable evening.

Atmospheric (Atmospheric)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: naked eye   Location: East Haven, Connecticut, United States
Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Fri May 26 23:30:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2007

This evening my friend Alicia & I saw a great rainbow. It's been awhile since I saw a really nice rainbow.

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 May 4 16:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2006

I just observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Telescope. Only one tiny spot #2654 was on the sun's face. Nothing else was seen.

M44 (Praesepe) (Open Cluster, in Cancer)
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 19 01:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2005

This evening, my brother Anthony & I viewed open clusters M41,44,35,36,37.38 & 67 with our 5" MAK. M44 was the best out of all the open clusters we looked at. We also saw one of Jupiter's moons right after it emerged from behind Jupiter. We also viewed a few galaxies but the view was not good for them.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.7, 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: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Tue Apr 18 00:45:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2004

This evening, My brother Anthony & I observed Jupiter with our 5" MAK & 12'5 Televue eyepiece. Three belts were visible on Jupiter's face. The North Equitorial Belt was big & very lumpy looking with its festoons. The South Equitorial Belt was also obvious & smooth. The big surprise was how pronounced the South Temperate Belt was. It's been many years since I saw that belt that easily. All four of Jupiter's moons were out with three on one side & one moon on the other side. We also had the pleasure of simply looking at Jupiter & Spica which was below Jupiter with our naked eyes.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.5, 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: good   Seeing: good
Time: Mon Apr 10 03:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2003

This evening I saw the moon & Jupiter about 5 or 6 degrees apart in the south. Spica was also nearby.

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.5, est. to be in Libra)
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 Apr 3 02:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2002

This evening I observed Jupiter with a 7th magnitude star about a quarter of a degree above the planet. I also was able to see two moons near Jupiter as well a Spica below Jupiter. It was a nice little gathering.

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: Sun Apr 2 16:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2001

Around noon today, I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Scope. There is a really bright sunspot group almost in the middle of the sun called AR2645. I also observed AR2644 near the edge of the sun's limb. AR2644 already shot out two flares in the last two days.

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: Sun Apr 2 16:15:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2000

Around noon today, I observed the sun with my Sun Spotter Solar Scope. There is a really bright sunspot group almost in the middle of the sun called AR2645. I also observed AR2644 near the edge of the sun's limb. AR2644 already shot out two flares in the last two days.

Uranus (Planet, est. mag 5.9, est. to be in Pisces)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Mon Feb 27 00:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1999

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I observed the conjunction of Mars & Uranus in the western sky, with Venus also being nearby. It was a great grouping of all three planets.

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: fair
Time: Sat Feb 11 00:35:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1998

On Friday evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Joe & I were able to enjoy the penumbral lunar eclipse despite a mantle of high clouds. The shadow was very easy to see on the left side of the moon even with our naked eyes. A very enjoyable evening.

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