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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

M13 (Hercules Cluster) (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.: 2045

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

Jupiter (Planet, est. mag -2.2)
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 Apr 17 04:45:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2044

For the last week, I have been observing what I will call the spring triangle. This triangle contains The stars Arcturus, Spica & the planet Jupiter. This triangle will last all through the spring before Jupiter moves away from the triangle. Enjoy this temporary triangle while you can. It's a nice view.

Mercury (Planet, est. mag 1.2, est. to be in Cetus)
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: Sun Mar 18 23:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2043

This evening, I observed the gathering of the one day old crescent moon, Venus & Mercury in the western sky at sunset. The moon was razor thin & I could see the roughness of the moon because of its mountains & craters. In binoculars, Venus looked perfectly round as it gets ready to begin its waning gibbous phase. Mercury had an orange look, which is usually the case. In fact, I dare call Mercury the second red planet of the Solar system. Finally, I just enjoyed the whole seen with my naked eyes.

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: Tue Feb 13 16:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2042

I just observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. Sunspot # AR 2699 has split into two separate sunspot groups. It does look to me like the sunspot group has started to decay a little.

M82 (Galaxy, in Ursa Major)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: poor
Time: Sat Jan 20 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2041

Bortle Class 3 with moving clouds, but the evening was still enjoyable with fellow observers. Saw several objects through other scopes but did bring in M81 and M82 with the wife's 8" Orion Deep Space Explorer. .

M81 (Galaxy, in Ursa Major)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 8-inch Dobsonian reflector   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: poor
Time: Sat Jan 20 15:00:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2040

Bortle Class 3 with moving clouds, but the evening was still enjoyable with fellow observers. Saw several objects through other scopes but did bring in M81 and M82 with the wife's 8" Orion Deep Space Explorer. .

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: light   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Thu Jan 18 22:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2039

This evening, my brother Anthony & I observed the crescent moon that was only 3% lit. Through binoculars, the sliver crescent looked jagged & this is the Bailey's Beads that are seen just before a total solar eclipse. The earthshine looked pretty good through binoculars also.

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 Jan 18 17:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2038

I observed the sun with my Sunspotter Solar Telescope. The sun is blank now after a very small sunspot faded away.

Mercury (Planet)
Observer: Joe Muse (e-mail: jjharp@yahoo.com)
Instrument: 50-mm binoculars   Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Light pollution: severe   Transparency: fair   Seeing: poor
Time: Sat Dec 30 12:40:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2037

Went 10 miles east of town to catch Mercury with my Nikon 10x50 binoculars which was nice to see before the sun brightened it from its orange color. The moons of Jupiter were pinpoint, bright and clear. I then grabbed my Barska 12-20x50 spotting scope and found the Nikon to be far superior when looking at the moons. Spica was bright. Bortle class 3 and in the astronomical dawn, but the view was still good.

Satellite (Satellite, est. mag -4)
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: Wed Nov 29 22:35:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 2036

This evening I watched the ISS fly right over my head. It was much brighter than Venus usually is. It was quite a site.

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.

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