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Saturn (Planet, est. mag .3)
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: Thu Aug 30 00:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2073

This evening, I did some binocular observing of the area around the star Aquilla. The most interesting star I viewed was directly above Aquilla. This star was a yellow orange star that has entered old age. I also observed the area around Deneb. I saw plenty of faint stars around Deneb which were part of the Milky Way. Finally, I mounted my binoculars so I could observe Saturn. It's always nice to look at Saturn's rings.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.8, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2068

During the last two nights, I observed both Mars & Saturn with my mounted 10X50 astronomy binoculars. Saturn looks like a mini flying saucer in my binos. The rings seem attached to Saturn. Now that Mars is at its closest, I am able to see some surface detail on Mars' face. Now that the dust storm is dying down, I was able to notice a dark red area of Mars on its lower left. The upper left of Mars was very bright which tells me there is still dust storm activity there. There was also a dark feature in the center of Mars.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.8, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2067

During the last two nights, I observed both Mars & Saturn with my mounted 10X50 astronomy binoculars. Saturn looks like a mini flying saucer in my binos. The rings seem attached to Saturn. Now that Mars is at its closest, I am able to see some surface detail on Mars' face. Now that the dust storm is dying down, I was able to notice a dark red area of Mars on its lower left. The upper left of Mars was very bright which tells me there is still dust storm activity there. There was also a dark feature in the center of Mars.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.7, est. to be in Capricornus)
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 Jul 21 05:05:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2066

Early this morning, I observed Mars with my 10X50 binoculars. I was able to see the southern ice cap as a little white dot. It almost looked like it was not connected to the planet. Because of the ongoing dust storm. I was not able to see any dark markings on the face of the planet.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4.6)
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 Jul 16 00:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2064

This evening, my brother Anthony, my friend Mike & I observed the close conjunction of Venus & the two day old crescent moon. We were able to spot Venus before sunset & through binoculars, we could clearly see Venus in the waning gibbous phase. It was a great scene.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.6, 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: Sat Jul 7 05:15:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2063

Early this morning I looked at Mars to see how the dust storm is going. The color of Mars is still yellow meaning the global dust storm continues unabated. I did see hints of orange & I'm hoping this is a sign that the dust storm may be beginning to die down. We'll have to wait & see.

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: fair
Time: Sun Jul 1 03:50:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2062

This morning I viewed the close conjunction of Mars & the waning gibbous moon. Mars is now looking reddish orange again & this tells me the global dust storm on Mars is beginning to wind down. I will check on the planet soon to see if this is true.

Mars (Planet, est. mag -2.2, est. to be in Capricornus)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: other   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Wed Jun 27 08:30:00 2018 UT   Obs. no.: 2061

This morning, I looked at Mars to see how the global dust storm is doing. Mars is still bright yellow to the naked eye meaning the dust storm is still widespread. The storm doesn't look like it will be dying down soon.

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.

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