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Observations of objects of type "Planet":

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pluto (Planet)
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 Jun 20 00:39:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1950

A new app came out which shows what it would be like on Pluto at high noon. For me to find out what it's like on Pluto at high noon I had to step out of my condo at 8:39 PM, which was exactly nine minutes after sunset. It is not very bright on Pluto at noon. Even without the app, anyone can get a sense of what it is like on Pluto at noon by stepping outside between eight & ten minutes before sunrise or between eight & ten minutes after sunrise. It is something to behold. One other item, it was New Years Day on Mars yesterday.

Saturn (Planet, est. mag 0.0, est. to be in Libra)
Observer: Michael Amato (e-mail: abigmick@aol.com)
Instrument: 12-inch refractor   Location: West Haven, Connecticut, United States
Light pollution: moderate   Transparency: fair   Seeing: fair
Time: Sun May 17 01:00:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1949

Last evening, My friends Mike Recchia, Steve Borer & I took a trip to Leitner Observatory at Yale to see a planetarium show & then afterwards to do some observing with Yale's Telescopes. The first planet we viewed was Saturn which the observatory's 12" refractor was trained on. The rings were in great view & Saturn's moon Titan was easily seen. With two smaller scopes, we were able to observe Jupiter & its four moons. The belts of Jupiter were easily seen. Finally we observed Venus which is now a waning crescent. I did some dark areas on Venus' cloud deck. All in all it was a great evening of astronomy.

Venus (Planet, est. mag -4)
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: Fri Feb 20 23:30:00 2015 UT   Obs. no.: 1945

This evening, my friend Mike & I viewed the conjunction of Mars, Venus & the crescent moon. All three were within one degree of each other. It was an awesome sight.

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