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Observations of objects of type "Planet":

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.8)
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: Mon Feb 6 23:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1997

This evening, my brother Anthony & I observed Venus in out 127mm MAK. Venus is a waning crescent now & the cloud bank near the terminator had some dark areas with it. Venus is still closely matched with Mars which is to the upper right of Venus. Mars' ruddy color shows there is no planet wide dust storm going on.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.8)
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: Sun Jan 1 23:35:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1996

This evening, My brother Anthony, My friend Joe & I viewed the close encounter between Earth's nearest neighbors, Venus & Mars. In binoculars, Mars looks very ruddy which means no dust storm is occurring on Mars. As for Venus, my binoculars continue to show Venus' waning crescent phase.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.4)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 6-mm Dobsonian reflector   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: good   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun Jan 1 23:00:00 2017 UT   Obs. no.: 1995

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friends Steve, Joe, R.J., Ben & I brought two pair of Binoculars & a 6" Dob & 10" Dob to the West Haven beach were we had an impromptu star party. The first thing we viewed was the conjunction of The crescent moon & the crescent Venus. That alone was quite a sight. We also saw Mars & Neptune very close to each other with orange Mars contrasting very nicely with bluish Neptune. We also observed the Orion Nebula, as well as both the Pleaides & Hyades open clusters. Finally we saw a few satellites pass by overhead. What a way to start the new year.

Jupiter (Planet)
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 Aug 6 03:00:30 2016 UT   Obs. no.: 1979

above the Moon was a nice sight.

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.

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.

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