Stars: Castor, Pollux
Planet: Jupiter (in Libra), Mercury (in Gemini), Venus
Location: Grasslands National Park, East Block
Time: 9:20 PM - 10:30 PM CDT
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars, 10x42 IS
Transparency: Good (3)
Seeing: Good (3)
A little hazy (especially on the horizon), no wind. Waxing Gibbous Moon (90.6%) on the rise. Some time was spent with binoculars identifying lunar features (Lunar Session - June 24, 2018) as part of the RASC Explore the Moon (Binocular) program.
Jupiter (in Libra)
Jupiter was within 10º - 15º from α1 Libra and α2 Libra (visually). With binoculars, one could see the Galilean moons - 2 on each side.
Conjunction (Mercury-Castor-Pollux) + Venus
The Moon was beginning to rise in the East and obliterating chances of seeing stars in the East and South. Looking westward, I located Mercury 5º above the horizon and within 10º of Castor & Pollux.
Venus was nearby and only 15º above the Grasslands horizon and at 10 o'clock from Mercury. Although a bit bleached out by the Moon, these were easily located and identified.