Jeff Benuzzi's Observing Recommendations

Jeff Benuzzi is an amateur astronomer and ham radio operator.
For many years, Jeff has participated in the public observing sessions
supported by the Chicago Astronomical Society, where he helps folks
locate and observe celestial objects.  He is a regular speaker at Astrofest.
Jeff publishes a monthly list of his favorite objects observable with
binoculars which is available at
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Upcoming Observing Highlights for October 2018 (from
2 Last Quarter Moon at 9:46 UT.
3 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 7h UT.
3 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 11h UT.
4 Moon near Beehive Cluster M44 (morning sky) at 10h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
5 Moon at Perigee (closest to Earth) at 22:31 UT (366,392 km; angular size 32.6').
5 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 23h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
9 New Moon at 3:47 UT. Start of lunation 1185
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 22h UT.Mag −4.4.
Venus (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag −1.8.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 21h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 3h UT.Mag. 0.5
Saturn (Wikipedia)
16 First Quarter Moon at 18:01 UT.
17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (404,227 km; angular size 29.6').
18 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag −0.9.
Mars (Wikipedia)
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Observe after midnight on night of 21/22.
Orionids (Wikipedia)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
24 Full Moon at 16:46 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
26 Venus at inferior conjunction with the sun at 14h UT. The brightest planet passes into the morning sky.
26 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 21h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Aldeberan (morning sky) at 13h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
29 Mercury 3.1 SSW of Jupiter (22 from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. Mags. -0.2 and -1.7.
30 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 12h UT.
30 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 17h UT.
31 Moon near Beehive Cluster M44 (morning sky) at 16h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
31 Last Quarter Moon at 16:41 UT.
31 Moon at Perigee (closest to Earth) at 20:24 UT (370,204 km; angular size 32.3').
All times Universal Time(UT).   USA Central Daylight Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month

Jeff's Binocular Picks
Click Here to see an Adobe Acrobat file of Jeff's monthly choices of best objects to observe with binoculars.