VROD

5-13-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Booties Galaxies"

Today Bigzmey (Andrey) takes us on an excursion through Bootes from the fabulous skies of Anza Borrego in Southern California with his 9.25" Celestron Edge. While not always a primary DSO destination in the Spring, the constellation is home to numerous galaxies...

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5-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sharpless and Lynds nebulae in Orion through the binoculars"

Most of us are quite familiar with M42, the Horsehead/Flame complex and maybe M78 when it comes to telescopic views and photographs in the constellation Orion. But is it possible to go even deeper into the more mysterious...

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5-11-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"May 8 - a Four Galaxy Night"

Observing for the first time in a year, member Don Alvarez was able to chase down four galaxies from amongst the springtime riches of the distant island universes. Follow along as he observes M81 and M82, M51, and M104. Congratulations to Don on winning...

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5-10-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Eclipse of Europa by Io"

Today we feature an excellent report by OzEclipse (Joe) using an ED80mm scope from his site in Australia at approximately 2:34-2:38 A.M. local time. It's not too often that one encounters, much less observes, an eclipse of satellites/moons in our solar...

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5-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"1759 report on the return of Halley's comet"

Today we are fortunate to have a 262-year old report to consider. For this we have to thank member Chich, who transcribed the report written by a gentleman called Astrophilus back in the 18th century. By this time it was known that...

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5-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lyrids Meteors"

Taking the time to watch a meteor shower is one of the most pleasant stargazing experiences for many, especially in spring and summer when the weather is warmer. Leaning back in a lounge chair and looking up at the night sky makes us realize how small and insignificant...

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5-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Unwilling objects from the city, M 51 and NGC 4565"

Today we highlight a great report by team member John Baars through his 150mm achromat. Not only did John observe members of the Virgo Cluster, but he also managed a glimpse of M51 the Whirlpool galaxy and NGC 4565 the Needle galaxy....

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5-6-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Are visual observers a dying breed?"

Today we are highlighting a well-discussed topic brought forth by Bigzmey (Andrey). As one can see it has generated a lot of interest and comments and focuses on the challenges to visual observing as we know it, partly because of new technologies...

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5-5-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Back into it"

Today we feature a report by Dave Sellars as he navigates the early spring sky with a late night/early morning observing session through a 120 ST scope. Congratulations to Dave for winning the TSS Visual Report for the Day award and for bagging a number of great observational...

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5-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day

"Confirming the exit pupil effect"

Member OzEclipse (Joe) conducts an analysis of exit pupils on two eyepieces with an observation of the Eta Carinae Nebula. When our pupils become dilated due to dark adaptation the effects are much different when compared to a non-dilated pupil....

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5-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter"

Can one catch all three of these planets in the same field of view? Well you can if the conditions are right and you have the equipment to do so. Member Nakedgun used an 82mm spotting scope to see all three through a 20mm wide angle eyepiece, Congratulations...

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5-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Saturday morning in the Taurus Littrow valley"

Today we feature a fascinating lunar report from NGC 1365 (Ivan) who targeted the region of the moon where the Apollo 17 landing was carried out, near the edge of Mare Serenitatis. Congratulations Ivan on winning the TSS VROD of the...

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5-1-2021 Visual Report of the Day.

"m-42, melotte 25 and m 45"
It's always enjoyable to view the Orion Nebula, melotte 25 (The Hyades), and the Pleiades (m 45) when one gets a chance. Now that Orion has faded into the West at dusk we'll have to wait until an Autumn morning to see it again here in the Northern...

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4-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"My daughters New Years Eve Moon"

Today we highlight an excellent report from team member Thefatkitty (Mark) describing the efforts of his daughter in observing and taking some photos of the moon while he was away. Astronomy has a way of strengthening family bonds, being passed down...

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4-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Orion binoviewers first light:

Some of us have binoviewers but most of us don't. Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) takes us on a celestial tour with a new "pair" of binoviewers. It's interesting to read about the images they produce and how the brain processes them,...

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4-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"4 Vesta"

One of the less frequently observed celestial subjects, compared with planets and deep sky objects, are asteroids. However, they certainly can be observed as they progress nightly across the more or less "fixed" star fields. Today's highlight is an observational...

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4-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Fourcade-Figueroa galaxy shred, NGC 5237 and Centaurus A"

Southern Delights - member NGC 1365 (Ivan) put his 18" Dobsonian to good use in tracking down the giant Centaurus A - 25.7 x 20 arc minutes across, NGC 5237 and the Fourcade-Figueroa galaxy shred. NGC5237 may be a remnant...

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4-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Messier 41 First View"

Messier 41 is one of the showpiece open clusters of the Winter season. Using an ES 102 refractor, member Mike Marotta was able to capture a nice view of the object, also commenting on one of the more prominent features of the cluster. Congratulations Mike...

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4-25-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sunspots 24/4/21"

Today we recognize a solar report (with sketches) from Marios in Cyprus using a 90mm f/10 achromatic refractor. Congratulations Marios on winning the TSS Visual Report of the Day award!

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4-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Two doubles in Canis Major"

Today's featured report is from member John Fitzgerald using an ES 152 f/8 APO mounted on a steel pier. Going after Mu Canis Majoris and Pi Canis Majoris he was able to complete both observations successfully. As he reports, ramping up the magnification...

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4-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"ST-80 pre-dawn"

Today's TSS VROD award goes to pakarinen (Olen) who managed to observe some of the classic summer showpieces in March by getting up before dawn and chasing them down with his ST-80. Observing before sunrise often can bring a bit of relief in the form of reduced...

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4-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"M104 and two little stars"

Today's journey is a trip to M104 courtesy of John Donne. Not only was it his first real session of 2021 but it was accompanied by the sounds of Canadian geese. Using a Skywatcher ED 100 he found the galaxy and also managed a glimpse of two foreground...

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4-21-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Backyard Rosette - a visual beginners challenge"

Today's TSS Visual Report of the Day award focuses on one of the more difficult observational tasks for the visual astronomer - being able to catch the Rosette Nebula in Monoceros. Follow along as The Happy Parrot uses a Zhumell...

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4-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"My first report"

Today we travel to Nokia, Finland for an ouststanding report from member turboscrew who used an Orion Optics VX 12 scope. It is in fact the first report he has filed, but contains a comprehensive overview of Leo and Virgo and some targets in Ursa Major such as M81...

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4-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Brief First Light - 60mm Sarblue Maksutov"

Today's TSS Visual Report of the Day Award goes to StarBru (Bruce) who carried out his first observations with a new scope - a 60mm Maksutov, back in March.

Follow along as he explores the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula and puts...

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4-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 15 April 2021 - a humbling reminder" Today's TSS VROD features an exploration of Leo and Hercules by KT4HX (Alan). The report provides a highly interesting comparison of observations conducted from the notoriously poor Bortle conditions at home versus darker skies.

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4-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A short little galaxy hunt" Since it is springtime certainly galaxies, like pollen, are in the air. Today's TSS VROD award goes to prowler75 (Craig) who managed to bag a good humber of the denizens through his Orion XT 8" Dob and ES 18mm 82 degree eyepiece along with providing...

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4-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day

"A distant quasar in Crater" Follow along as NGC 1365 (Ivan) searches for a relatively newly discovered quasar through his 18" f /4.5 scope. At 11.5 billion light years away J 1134 -2103 is a remote object of near 16th magnitude. Read the story of how he was able to track it down...

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4-15-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"In between showers. Izar and SS Vir." Today's award goes to team member John Baars (John). He encountered poor weather conditions but managed to observe during a brief window of time between storms. Follow along as he describes his observations of monthly DSO challenge targets M65...

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4-14-2021 Visual Report of the Day.

"Splitting Regulus" Today we focus on a nice double star observation completed by jkirkham (Rob). Rob pointed his scope at Regulus in an attempt to split the star into its three components from his observatory. Was he successful in this endeavor? Read more to find out.

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4-13-2021 Visual Report of the Day.

"Circumpolar High Galactic Cirrus" Today we are happy to highlight an excellent report by forum member J Gardavsky (JG). Exploring the circumpolar constellations in 2020 including Ursa Minor, Cepheus, Ursa Major, and Camelopardalis with binoculars he has managed to observe several faint...

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4-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 06 April 2021 - the evening went south but in a good way!" Today we feature an outstanding report from KT4HX (Alan) who explores galaxies in an array of southern constellations including Antlia and Crater which can be difficult targets from northerly locations. Follow...

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