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6-30-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Ursa Major, Bootes, and the comet"

Once again probing the skies from the Anza Desert bigzmey (Andrey) enjoyed a superb session of galaxy hunting, for the moment eschewing the wonders of the southern Milky Way that dominate the night sky in summer. Exploring first in Ursa Major and...

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6-28-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

Observing Report for 23 June 2022 - galaxies galore (Part 2)"

Once more visiting the environs of Bootes, follow along as KT4HX (Alan) completes his night of observing this Spring constellation focusing on galactic wonders - myriads of NGC objects that populate the herdsman. With excellent...

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6-26-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 23 June 2022 - galaxies galore (Part 1)"

Today's featured report concerns Libra and Bootes and the galactic wonders ocurring within those constellations. Libra, one of the faintest constellations visually and therefore requiring dark skies to identify naked...

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6-25-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Chi Cyg and U Sge 0300 6.25.22 UTC"

Chi Cygni is a Mira-type variable star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. Follow along as Pakarinen (Olen) completes an observation of the star through his 50mm scope. He estimated the current brightness of the star at about 8th magnitude,...

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6-24-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Clusters and Binaries...no galaxies"

Although it's still galaxy season, at least for awhile the summer constellations are getting more prominent. What better time to view some summer objects with a triplet APO and enjoy excellent performance. In this case unitron48 (Dave) used...

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6-21-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Ursa Major Galaxies"

Well the Summer Solstice is upon us meaning we are enjoying the longest day of the year and correspondingly, the shortest nights. As astronomers we can look forward to ever increasing periods of darkness until December 21st. With that said, today we feature...

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6-18-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"How Low Can You Go - Joe's Astro Limbo Competition"

Today's featured report, courtesy of OzEclipse (Joe) who spent an evening observing an array of Northern Hemisphere objects including M51 from Australia using his big Dob. Just peeping above the horizon, the Whirpool makes...

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6-16-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"It took a couple of years, but I did i!"

TSS Member jrkirham (Rob) has done an excellent job of viewing and capturing Mercury and Venus in the same field of view from the mountains of Arizona. As nominated by multiple members, Rob wins the VROD for today for his outanding achievement....

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6-14-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Evening in Lyra"

Today's featured report is an excursion in Lyra coinciding with a bright and moonlit evening. While some would not venture out to confront the evil orb, others are willing to take what nature gives them, that is double stars. Follow along as bigzmey (Andrey)...

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6-11-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"An evening with the BSD (big strut Dob)"

Today's featured report is courtesy of Kanadalainen (Ian) who keeps his 14.5" scope at a dark sky location (his cabin) in the north of Canada. Recently spending some time up there, he was able to aim the big glass at an array of...

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6-8-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 06 June 2022 - a little back yard binocular romp"

One of the great things about the late Spring is the warmer air and oftentimes clear skies. As a result, one need not always use a telescope to enjoy the heavens - binoculars will do just fine and often give...

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6-6-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Engagement Ring (yet another asterism)"

Today's featured report comes from pakarinen (Olen) and represents another attractive grouping of stars, this time forming a ring of ninth-magnitude sparklers appearing around Polaris, the north star. The grouping was noticed by the...

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6-4-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report for 31 May 2022 - a second night of looking high and low"

Today's featured report from KT4HX (Alan) adds on to and expands the quest from his other evening, with a wide array of galaxies observed both in the northern and southern hemispheres. Just some of the...

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6-2-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Napoleon's Hat"

Today we feature a report by pakarinen (Olen) who observed Napoleon's hat, an intriguing asterism of faint stars through his 102ED scope. Pointed out by noted observer Sue French near Arcturus it represents an off-the-beaten-path target for small scopes and...

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6-1-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Anza anniversary trip and Jupiter-Mars conjunction"

Today's featured report is from Bigzmey (Andrey) who took an excursion to the Anza desert on the sixth anniversary of his astronomical visit to the site. Over the years the light pollution has increased but as he remarks, the...

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5-31-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report 5-31-2022 - looking high and low"

Catching a supernova in a distant galaxy is one of those unique observational experiences that one can enjoy. In this case, KT4HX (Alan) regarded one in NGC 3631 that is 35 million light years distant, far before the time of man.He...

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5-30-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Virgo Galaxies and a Comet"
Today's featured report on Memorial Day in the U.S. is courtesy of Shelby and his Dob. Strolling through Virgo he managed to observe and record his views of a number of galaxies, and passing into Coma Berenices (named after the queen of Ptolemy III...

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5-29-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some neighbors of Vega"

Gazing at bright stars usually means looking at bright glare at the eyepiece. Sometimes it can be fun to attempt to discern other objects in the field of view, whether clusters or galaxies or even stars. Today's featured report by team member John Baars...

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5-28-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

Leo Galaxies and the planets line-up, Part 2"

Once again today we feature an excellent report by Bigzmey (Andrey) who returned to his dark sky desert spot to resume viewing galaxies in Leo. Follow along as he describes the views at the eyepiece of a plethora of galaxies. Meanwhile, as...

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5-25-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Leo Galaxies and the planets lineup"

From the dark skies of Southern California we feature a report from Bigzmey (Andrey) who decided to focus on the galactic riches of Leo for his latest astronomical endeavor. Follow along as he describes what he viewed with great aplomb. Capping...

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5-24-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sun 2022-05-23 in WL"

Here we have a fine report from gdjsky01 (Jeff) from the skies of Southern California, after the marine layer burned off. The sketch includes an array of sunspots. Congratulations Jeff on using your Lunt with Herschel wedge to capture this object graphically...

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5-20-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Xi Boo 5.16.22"

Once again we feature a double star observation, this one carried out by pakarinen (Olen) who used his 102 mm ED to split Xi Bootes, a double star with a companion approximately 5 arc seconds from the primary. With an observation of the moon as well and M3, he called...

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5-18-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Ursa Major Doubles and the Planet Parade"

Today's featured report is from the Bortle 4 skies of the Anza Desert of Southern California. Even though the moon was full, Bigzmey (Andrey) was able to observe a bushel full of double stars. Waking up from his sleeping bag after the...

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5-17-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Total Lunar Eclipse and Double Stars"

Today's featured report is courtesy of Shelby and is a nice recounting of his observations, which he shared with the family, of the recent total lunar eclipse and also some double stars. As you can see the moon turned nearly blood red. Congratulations...

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5-14-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day Award.

"Sunspot Drawing May 12th"

Today we feature another rendering of sunspots, this time by Baurice. Congrats on the sketch Baurice and also on winning the TSS Visual Report of the Day Award!

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5-13-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

Well today is Friday the 13th, 2022 and we feature an oustanding solar sketch by gdjsky01 (Jeff). Using a Lunt Herschel wedge he managed to capture a wide variety of sunspots of varied intensities. Congratulations Jeff on having your sketch (and observation) selected as the VROD of the Day!

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5-12-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day

"Morning Galaxies at the Desert"

Coma Berenices is an interesting sort of asterism constellation. Berenices refers to the wife of King Ptolemy III Eurgetes, the Macedonian dynasty ruler of Egypt. Supposedly Berenices sacrificed to the gods by cutting her long hair and making a votive...

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5-11-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Lunar excursion with a 5" Unitron"

Member Unitron48 (Dave) was able to get his 5" refractor set up for some lunar viewing. At f/16 the optical assembly is very long and the whole set up including mount clocks in at 275 lbs! So hardly a grab-n-go. But the views mostly...

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5-10-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report with TERRIBLE viewing conditions"

Today's featured report as nominated by two team members is jrkirkham's (Rob) daytime viewing session. With visitors in tow from Arizona he took advantage of rare partially cloudy skies to do some daytime observing. It's...

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5-9-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Happy mother's day! Sunspots on 8/5/22"

Today's featured report is a sketch of the sun by Mariosi illustrating many sunspots. Congratulations on the excellent sketch and on your solar observation, which wins today's VROD award.

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5-6-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Short Session with an old friend"


Today's featured report is a bit of a travelogue, observing session, and a chance to enjoy some notable memories from the past. In this case Dave (Unitron48) was able to travel to the Bluemont area of Virginia in the Wine Country to celebrate...

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5-5-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Anza galaxy hunt with supernova and the planet parade"

Observing an object that appears as it looked 63 million years ago is always amazing. In the case of a super luminous supernova it is almost unimaginable. Here, a very rare object in the fabric of space once shone brightly across...

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5-3-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 24 April 2022 - a second night in the saddle"

Here we feature an oustanding report on galactic observations in the constellation Virgo carried out by team member KT4HX (Alan). In spite of his voluminous experience as an observer, he still was able to ferret...

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5-2-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.


"From Silver Streak Galaxy to the Ring"

Here is a very concise and interesting report from John Baars featuring his experiences viewing and sketching NGC 4216 in Virgo and also M57 the Ring Nebula which he also captures via sketch. Among the other observing targets he enoyed...

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5-1-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"nFA observing report daytime April 30th, 2022"
It wasn't cloudy yesterday so today we feature a nice solar observing report by notFritzArgelander (nFA) who shared views of the sunsports with his family using his Orion ST80. The method used was projection onto an object - in this...

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4-30-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Galaxy groups and planetary alignment"

Today we near the end of April - just one more evening after tonight and the sights of winter such as Sirius are dropping below the horizon. But the good news is that the heart of Spring is galaxy hunting season. With this in mind Shelby managed...

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4-29-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 23 April 2022 - back in the saddle again"

After a bit of a hiatus, Alan (KT4HX) is back in the saddle again like the old Aerosmith song. He spent high quality time under the stars examining galaxies in Virgo and offers excellent descriptions of what he saw....

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4-27-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Supernova SN2022hrs"

Today's featured report is a unique observation of a supernova by Mianpicard (Milan). Occurring in the galaxy NGC 4647, the point of light is estimated at magnitude 12.5 but was visible through his 8" Dob. Congratulations Milan on the observation and...

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4-24-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sun in Ha and Wl"

Today's featured report by member gdjsky01 (Jeff) represents an excellent observation of the sun and delightful sketch of what was visible at the eyepiece through a Lunt solar scope. Congratulations Jeff on the TSS Visual Report of the Day award for your fine...

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4-23-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lyrid Meteor Shower Observation"

Meteor showers are one of the most interesting phenomena in the skies above us, but something where telescopes and even binoculars are completely useless. That is, one must observe them with the naked eye. Unitron48 (Dave) stayed up late to observe...

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4-22-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The bees in M44 were reluctant"

Today we feature 2 oustanding sketches of the Beehive or Praesape Cluster in Cancer (M44) that were rendered by team member John Baars. First, he set up before astronomical darkness and sketched it with a faintly glowing sky background. Secondly,...

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4-20-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Spring doubles and my improved desert rig"

Two things to notice in this report by bigzmey (Andrey). The first thing is the significant amount of work he underwent to optimize his set up for observing by employing eyepiece turrets. This innovation enables rapidly switching from one...

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4-17-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"An almost-a-report"

Today's report is the first light for Turboscrew's (Juha) new 102mm refractor. Dealing with less than inspiring conditions he still managed an excursion across the heavens observing stars and the moon, whilst his target galaxies were not visible. Also,...

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4-15-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Cor Caroli and a couple more"

Do you know what Cor Caroli refers to in Latin? Well, the answer is "Heart of Charles" referring to King Charles the 1st of England who unfortunately was beheaded in 1649. Nevertheless it is an interesting double star with a separation of...

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4-14-2011 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Moon to the max!"

Today's featured report is courtesy of Dave Sellars who has returned to the moon and done some additional serious lunar observing with his 102mm ED. He also managed to try out a new (to him) Barlow as an additional piece of gear. With great descriptions, it's...

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4-12-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Morning session in Anza desert"

Today's featured report is from team member bigzmey (Andrey) who planned and executed an early morning session in the beautiful Anza desert which at this time of year is colored orange with blooming California poppies. Hitting the sleeping bag...

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4-10-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Pack 209 Howls at the moon"

Today we feature a great report from Unitron48 (Dave) who had the chance to speak at his grandson's Cub Scout get together. After spending about 35 minutes giving a talk on astronomical topics Dave was able to show the scouts the moon through his...

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4-9-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Caught the lunar X and Y"

Seeing this interesting pattern on Luna is one of the Holy Grails for observers of the moon and mostly is only evident with pristine conditions. Follow along as Dave Sellars describes the X and Y and several mountain ranges that were visible as well. Also,...

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4-7-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A distant quasar in Crater"

Today's featured report dates back to April of 2021 and is courtesy of member NGC1365 (Ivan). So the good news is that the quasar is visible again as a Spring object. Noted as J1134-2103 it is a 15th magnitude object. Through careful comparison with...

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4-4-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A very plentiful night"

Today's featured report comes from member Shelby. Using a 6" Dob he kicks off his session with the Orion Nebula, followed by some time in Monoceros and Gemini observing open clusters. Moving into the Spring constellations he caught a bevy of galaxies...

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4-3-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some nice galaxies in the Spring"

We have recently shifted to the Spring season and winter is behind us. Now is the time when galaxies, those denizens of the warmer weather come to dominate the evening's proceedings for observers. With that in mind, John Baars enjoyed a splendid...

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4-2-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"It's a cold one... where's that aurora?"

It's nice on occasion to recall that we don't need a telescope or binoculars to enjoy a session. That's because we each have two eyeballs. Follow along as Dave Sellars managed two sessions in the course of an evening and...

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3-30-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"M41 Blew my mind"

Today's featured report by Frankskywatcher represents a visual attempt on the open cluster M41 in Canis Major. As far as its placement in the constellation, it is just below the dog's collar, or where it would be if the dog had a collar. Anyway, Frank enjoyed...

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3-29-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Sunday morning tour around"

Today's featured report consists of a bushel of galaxies along with a globular and planetary nebula observation courtesy of Dave Sellars. Follow along as he describes what he has seen at the eyepiece and enjoy this well-written and thorough report....

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3-27-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"La Superba - Gamma Canum Venaticorum"

Today's featured report is a great piece on the the star known as "La Superba" one of the deepest ruby red carbon stars in the sky submitted by member Ernest Peterson. Understanding the life and death of this star is indeed informative...

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3-25-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Another Outreach in Culpeper"

For many, outreach is one of the most enjoyable aspects of amateur astronomy. Kindling interest in the younger set benefits not only young people but also the veteran who is sharing the night skies with kids. In his most recent session Unitron48 (Dave)...

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3-24-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Not bad in the end!"

Taking advantage of improving transparency as the night progressed, Dave Sellars managed to get out two nights in a row for some very productive observing. He observed objects such as the trio of M36, M37,and M38 - numerous galaxies in Ursa Major, M13, M92 and...

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3-23-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A change of pace"

Sometimes we run our observing sessions at a fast pace in order to maximize the time spent outside gazing up at the heavens. In those cases, the goal often is to see as many objects as possible and enter them into our logs. But there is an argument for "slower"...

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3-22-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A short session with my niece"

Today's featured report is courtesy of Shelby who had a wonderful visit from his niece in Texas. As it so happens, he was able to get out under the stars and show her some of the celestial showpieces including M42, the Double Cluster, the Beehive,...

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3-21-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Moonlit wanderings"

In spite of the prominent moonshine, Dave Sellars enjoyed two fine sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings with his 12" Dob. The views included M42, M36, M37, M38 and NGC 1893 (open cluster) followed by the moon itself. On Saturday, the observations included...

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3-20-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"102 ED shakedown session"

Today's featured report is the first light or "shakedown" of Pakarinen's (Olen) 102 ED scope. Follow along as he enjoys a slew of targets, some of which were visible, while a couple weren't. First up was Deneb, followed by other favorites...

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3-17-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Hydra and Sextans Doubles"

In today's featured report, bigzmey (Andrey) observes a bushel of double stars in Hydra followed by Sextans in both his 180mm Maksutov and 102 mm ED refractor from home. Follow along as he describes the splits and the contrasting colors of the pairs,...

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3-15-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A lunar session and some optical testing"

Follow along as Dave Sellars explores the moon with his 4" refractor, catching crater after crater, even at higher powers. Testing the collimation of his scope, he found it nearly impeccable. Also, he was able to split Alnitak in Orion....

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3-13-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"nFA observing report March 12, 2022"
Today's featured report by notFritzArgelander involves testing a new mount as he underwent observations of the Orion Nebula, Trapezium, Pleiades, and the terminator of the moon. Since he got to share the evening with his grandsons while the...

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3-11-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"nFA observing report daytime March 11, 2022"

Today we feature an outstanding solar observation by notFritzArgelander who managed to see 8-10 sunspots with his gear and also impressed a grandson. Congrat notFritz on winning a rare solar VROD of the day!

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3-9-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Hydra Doubles"

Today we feature an outstanding report from Bigzmey (Andrey) who successfully split a great haul of double stars in the faint constellation Hydra, which is almost invisible to urban and suburban astronomers save for the 2nd magnitude star Alphard (Arabic: the solitary...

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3-7-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"M97, Owl with Sketch"

The Owl Nebula is a wonderful Spring object located in the constellation Ursa Major, just 2 degrees from the star Merak in the bowl of the Big Dipper. Hence, this bright star forms an ideal jumping off point for a starhop to the object. Follow along as John...

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3-6-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First clear night in awhile"

In today's featured report, Shelby was able to take his 6" Dob out for a spin. Observing the Double Cluster, the Rosette star cluster, the Christmas tree cluster (in both of these cases the nebulosity was not evident but the star formations...

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3-5-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comet Borrelly and Other Things"

Outreach is always great and especially so with a big Dob to reveal the sights. Unitron48 (Dave) had such an evening and managed to observe both a comet and objects such as the Orion Nebula, clusters including the famous Double in Perseus, and even...

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3-4-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Doubles and asteroids"

Today's featured report by team member bigzmey (Andrey) were observations of double stars and asteroids from home using his 102mm ED and 180mm Mak. Follow along as he splits numerous pairs and multiple star systems and describes the unique colorations...

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3-3-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report (Double Stars)"

Today we feature a nice report from jrkirkham (Rob) who spent an evening in his observatory observing some of the more special double stars that are currently visible. The constellations represented include Leo, Coma Berenices, Hydra, and Corvus....

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3-1-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First Light with the 102ED and a bunch of DSOs"

Today's featured report from Dave Sellars is a wonderful account of his first light sessions with his new 102 ED. From dark, high contrast views and pinpoint stars to an uncanny ability to reveal faint DSO's though a 4-inch...

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2-28-2028 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Canis Major Observations"

What can one see in the Big Dog this winter? The answer is some impressive pairs of double stars and numerous open clusters, as well as the bright star Sirius and its companion. Follow along as The Wave Catcher describes his observations in the constellation...

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2-26-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Beating the Cloud Gods"

Today we are fortunate to recognize a wonderful report from turboscrew (Juha) who spent an evening regarding the Orion Nebula whilst it was a balmy, for him - 15 degrees F outside. Follow along as he describes the key elements of the nebula from its gaseous...

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2-25-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Two interesting doubles in Orion"

One doesn't necesarily need a long session to achieve very worthwhile observations, in this case John Fitzgerald focused on a pair of double stars in Orion, splitting both while not being able to split a 3rd star in the second pair. Thanks for...

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2-23-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 20 February 2022 - crabbing"

Today we feature an outstanding report from team member KT4HX (Alan) who spent an evening exploring Cancer, the heavenly Crab, one of the constellations of the zodiac but better known by astronomers for two Messier objects, M44 the...

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2-22-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sirius and the Pup, and Cancer and Lepus Doubles"

Today we feature a report from Bigzmey (Andrey) who braved a nearly full moon when many observers are chased inside because of the evil orb's glow. However, if one focuses on a class of objects such as double stars it still is...

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2-21-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Short Session with 20" Obsession"

It's not every day when we get a report from someone using a big Dob. But for those of us who have used or had a big Dob in the past, there are always memories of some unsurpassed views of both the well-known celestial showpieces and lesser...

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2-20-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"An Evening of Observing and Dueling"

Today's report features an interesting comparison between two scopes, a 102 mm Besser Achro and a 102mm AstroTech ED refractor. Follow along as The Wave Catcher (Steve) puts both scopes through the paces on a variety of close doubles and...

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2-18-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"102ED First Light"

Today's featured report comes from Pakarinen (Olen) who took his new 102ED refractor for its first light experience. Follow along as he targets some key double stars and DSO's as well as Venus, all while dealing with a temperature of 6 degrees F. Congratulations...

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2-16-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Orion Doubles"

Today we feature an excellent report by Bigzmey (Andrey) who used his 170 mm Mak and 102 ED refractor to explore double stars in Orion. While mostly known for the nebula in the sword, Orion is full of exceptional double targets of a variety of colours and separations....

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2-15-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Bliss School Stargaze"

Today we feature a wonderful report by Greenman (Tony) who managed to arrange an outreach session for seventeen children, siblings, and parents making a total of 40 individuals in attendance. Starting the evening with the moon and Jupiter, followed by Orion,...

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2-14-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

Well it's Valentine's Day and today's report will surely warm the heart. Follow along as team member John Baars gets in some great views of NGC 2392 in Gemini, including its central star. Sketching the object, he captured the true eyepiece view. Going after the Pup, Sirius' close...

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2-13-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomy Report 02-11-22 - First Light with AZE-Q5 in AZ mode"

Follow along as chris_g (Chris) tests his new mount on a variety of objects including M44, M45, M47 and M42. After a successful evening he packed it in. Congratulations on the first light and on achieving the VROD award...

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2-12-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 06 February 2022 - a second frosty night of galaxy hunting"

Today we enjoy a lengthy and descriptive report by KT4HX (Alan) who once again braved cold temperatures to carry out an outstanding evening of galaxy hunting in constellations ranging from Lynx to Eridanus...

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2-11-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Back to back sessions...."

Today's featured report comes from Unitron48 (Dave) who had a chance to take his new 127mm Stellarvue APO out for a spin. After enjoying some great views of the moon with exceptional detail even using a 3.5 mm Nagler to achieve 290x, follow along as...

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2-10-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomer's Curse Broken"

Today's featured report is the first light outing for The Wave Catcher's (Steve) new 102 ED refracting telescope. Observing the details of the moon the scope provided crisp and clear images, while also showing the Orion Nebula nicely. He followed...

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2-8-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 05 February 2022 - a night not fit for man nor brass monkey"

Today is a wonderful report from KT4HX (Alan) who spent three hours with his 17.5" Dob at temerperatures ranging from a high of 19 degrees F to 15 degrees F. Undeterred he observed a planetary...

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2-7-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A session with family"

Today's featured report is an outing with family written up by Shelby. Follow along as he describes the views of the moon, Orion Nebula, Double Cluster, a comet and more - all of which he shared with family, including views of Sirius and Betelgeuse. Many...

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2-6-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Two lovely nights under the stars with friends"

Sharing the wonders of the heavens with friends, family, and even passersby is an outstanding pursuit for amateurs. Follow along as OzEclipse (Joe) recounts his adventures over the course of two nights with many of the celestial showpieces...

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2-5-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some obscure double stars in Auriga"

Follow along as John Fitzgerald hutnts down some lesser known double stars on his way to achieveing the milestone of 1600 double stars observed dating back several years. Congratulations John on winning the TSS Visual Report of the Day award!

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2-2-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Poor man's Double Cluster and the 'Holland' Cluster"

For today's featured report we travel back in time to February of 2021 and an observing session by John Baars, who goes after a number of challenging objects in his 6" Achro such as NGC 1807 and 1817 in Taurus,...

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1-31-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Session 9 and a bag full from Leo"

Today's featured report represents the 9th session Dave Sellars has had this month. The latest adventure includes objects in Orion, Andromeda, Triangulum, Canes Venatici and Leo. Follow along as he provides excellent descriptions of his observations...

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1-30-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Another great session"

Today's featured report comes from Shelby. Spending some time with galaxies, comets, planetoids, and clusters certainly is a lot of fun. Observing with a 6" Dobsonian, he definitely saw the sights of the season, and the planet Uranus to boot. At Bortle...

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1-29-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"ISS and random objects"

Member Dave Sellars started out his eve showing his kids the ISS in binoculars and then M42, much to their delight. After putting the children to bed he resumed a successful impromptu session with both his 120mm ST refractor and binoculars, managing views...

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1-27-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report for 15 January 2021 - the bonus round"

One of the great winter views is the complex of M46, an open cluster in Puppis, and a planetary nebula, NGC 2438 - both within the same field of view. Here we have an excellent description of this winter quarry from KT4X (Alan)...

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1-25-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Four comets night"

Today's featured report comes from Bigzmey (Andrey) who decided to have a session focused around the comets which are currently visible. Using his 102 mm refractor and 180 mm Maksutov, he was able to pull in four of his five targets, only one of which (4P...

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1-23-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A nice Saturday session"

Today's featured report is from member Shelby in Louisiana. Amongst Shelby's haul of objects observed with a 6" Dob included the Pleiades, the Beehive Cluster, the Orion Nebula, and four comets, three of which were new observations. To top it...

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1-20-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"An awesome Wednesday night!"

Today's featured report comes from Dave Sellars, who spent many hours in two sessions on Wednesday eve, catching galaxies, Ceres, planetary nebulae, and finally a detailed look at the moon which had risen since the conclusion of the first session....

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1-19-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Quick Work Night Session"

Follow along as The Wave Catcher (Steve) takes a journey around the skies viewing double stars in Aries, a cluster in Perseus, the Pleiades and more with his Bresser 102mm f/4.5 Achro. Just a reminder that a quick session can be just as satisfying and...

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1-17-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A hike around the moon"

It's not too often when we see lunar observing reports on TSS. Well, here's a very good one reported by Dave Sellars, who researched a list of features on the moon that he wished to observe. Coming in with a plan can make a big difference in the success...

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1-15-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Epsilon Lyrae today"

Since it was a balmy 4 degrees outside on a recent early morning, pakarinen (Olen) managed to observe the summer double star/quadruple star Epsilon Lyrae from inside the house, something astronomers are told not to do but proving this wrong he actually had a...

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1-13-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comets, Jupiter, and a plethora of DSO's"

Follow along as Dave Sellars takes you on an interstellar voyage, observing planets, comets, and many deep sky objects through both his 12" Dob and 120mm refractor. Spread out over a few sessions in an evening and early morning,...

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1-11-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First light with my Sky-watcher 6 Dobsonian"

Today's featured report is from member Shelby, who managed a great evening of observing combined with a first-light session with his new scope. Follow along as he explores some of the celestial showpieces, the moon, Jupiter, and to...

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1-10-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A couple of good sessions 4th and 5th of january"

Today's featured report by Dave Sellars represents two evenings spent outside with a 120mm scope on the first night and a 12" Dob on the second. Follow along as Dave describes his extensive list of observations capturing...

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1-9-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A real Grab and Go NGC 2169 in Orion"

Sometimes it's cloudy, sometimes it's not. John Baars took advantage of a break in the clouds to get in an excellent grab-n-go session using his 102mm f/13 Mak and he managed a remarkable sketch of NGC 2169, an attractive open cluster...

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1-8-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comet Leonard Jan 8"

OzEclipse (Joe) has completed another successful observation of Leonard with some very useful tips on estimating magnitude which should be quite helpful for observers. Congrats Joe on catching the comet once again (before it disappears) and on winning the VROD...

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1-7-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day Award.

"Jupiter/Saturn Sketches"

Today's featured report comes from member 10538 (Ed) whose grandson visited him. After they had viewed Jupiter and Saturn through his 14" scope hi s grandson drew some excellent sketches for Ed to hang on his observatory wall. Congrats Ed and your...

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1-5-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A full Trapezium this time and a NGC 2420 sketch"

"Today's featured report actually dates back to January 9th, 2021 and includes two excellent sketches by team member John Baars, of the Trapezium and the star cluster NGC 2420. Fighting dew, John completed a number of successful...

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1-3-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"My take on Leonard"

Today's report features a sublime sketch by NGC 1365 (Ivan) from a vantage point of 1050 meters. He used a 5" scope at 66x to view Leonard and catch its nucleus, coma, and tail. Congratulations Ivan on winning today's VROD for the day!

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1-2-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comet Leonard Jan 1st"

Today's featured report comes from OzEclipse (Joe) who was able to view comet Leonard visually through binoculars and also a 6" f/7 Newtonian. As the report says, the comet is conveninetly located next to a few stars in Piscis Austrinus (Southern...

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1-1-2022 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Seeing the ISS visually"

It's not every day that one sees the ISS as clearly as NGC 1365 (Ivan) did last eve. In fact there is a wonderful sketch included in the report. Congratulations Ivan on the observation and the sketch and on winning the first VROD for 2022!

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12-31-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"What was your favorite observation of 2021?"

Today we feature a question as our report of the day as we wrap up 2021 and head into 2022. Please click through the link and tell all what you think...

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12-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First Light...Christmas Gift!"

Today we feature an excellent first light report by Unitron 48 (Dave) using his new scope, an SVX127D apochromatic doublet. Follow along as he puts the new scope through its paces with the planets, double stars, and celestial showpieces of the Winter...

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12-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Binocular session, the comet, and the planets"

Now is the time to chase down comet Leonard before it disappears. Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) describes his efforts to see Leonard just after sunset with his 15x70 binos from home. First the planets came into view, Venus, Jupiter,...

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12-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Cetus Doubles"

Cetus the whale is a rather faint constellation, with the brighest star (Menkar) being about 3rd magnitude. Still it is a great hunting ground for double star observing. Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) takes us on a tour of Cetus' doubles, observed through his...

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12-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomy Report 11-15-21 – The Mother-in-law’s Bortle 7 Backyard"

Our Christmas Eve featured report is from chris_g (Chris) who spent some time outside with binoculars on the night of the 15th. As he mentions, he is mostly interested in AP but observes once in awhile....

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12-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Nebulosity in M45, visual"

One of the Holy Grails in astronomy is trying to observe the nebulosity around Merope, Alcyone, and Electra in the Pleiades. Many have tried and many have failed, as the reflection nebula is very difficult to see visually. One who has found that Grail...

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12-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comet Leonard... and even more comet Leonard"

The biggest astronomical show in some time is now unveiling itself in the evening skies, that would be comet Leonard. As it approaches the sun it gets brighter as material is being blown away from the nucleus by the solar wind, resulting...

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12-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Comet Leonard plus extras..."

Today we feature an excellent observing report on comet Leonard by DeanD (Dean). As many know right now it is an evening object visible just after sunset. Dean gave it a try and was able to see the comet both naked eye and with binoculars, estimating...

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12-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Oh, this beautiful Wintersky!"

Here we feature a report from last observing season (in fact December 19th, 2020). In it, team member John Baars recounts his celestial adventure under clear skies with his 150mm achromat. He observes nebulae in Orion, clusters in Auriga, noted nebulosity...

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12-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report for 13 December 2021 - just killing a couple of hours"

Follow along as KT4HX (Alan) explores the realm of the winter skies, focusing on Orion and Monoceros' open clusters. For some reason as the cold gets more biting, the stars seem to shine even brighter, dominated...

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12-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Galaxy viewing with an 80% illuminated moon"

Today's featured report is from NGC 1355 (Ivan) who in spite of a bright moon, decided to exerience some galaxy viewing. His target in particular was NGC 1566. a galaxy in the constellation Dorado because it now hosts a visible supernova....

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12-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Geminids Everywhere!"

Today's featured report is an observation of the Geminid meteor shower by Unitron48 (Dave). He actually counted 358 meteors, which is an outstanding haul that required some darkish skies. Interestingly, the Geminids do not originate from a comet but rather...

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

"NGC 1582 Challenge of the month December 2021"

Today's featured report is a wonderful sketch of this month's challenge object by John Baars. It is quite a beautiful cluster and I hope some of us are inspired to observe the object and perhaps sketch it, it would be hard to...

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12-10-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 04 December 2021 - spending some time in Cetus and Eridanus"

Today's featured report from team member KT4HX (Alan) is extremely thorough and extensive and includes an amazing haul of galaxies in these relatively faint constellations. The bottom line is that...

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12-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Eridanus doubles and (mostly) Taurus asteroids"

Follow along with Bigzmey (Andrey) as he expores the planets including Venus and Jupiter, which was subject to a transit of Io that he observed. The instrument used was his new 7" Mak. After splitting an array of double stars...

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12-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Pushing the edge"

As some of you know, there was a total solar eclipse on Saturday December 4th. Totality was visible from Antarctica, so one can imagine millions of penguins staring up at the phenomenon. But there is much more to the story than that. OzEclipse (Joe) has provided...

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

"Observing Report for 03 December 2021 - Perseus Galaxy Cluster + a few other things"

Today's featured report is coutesy og KT4HX (Alan). Follow along as explores the Perseus Galaxy Cluster dominated by the radio source known as Perseus A. Along with that galaxy there are upward...

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

"Jupiter Sketch"

Today's VROD goes to mirrorgirl (Rhoda) for her excellent sketch of Jupiter. It's always amazing when one is able to observe visually and then render the image through a sketch and it takes a special talent. Congratulations Rhoda on winning the TSS Visual...

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12-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"SkyWatcher 180mm Mak first light"

It's not every day (or every evening) where one gets to try out new equipment. But certainly adding new items to the kit is quite exciting and it feels like a Christmas morning to a kid. In this case Bigzmey (Andrey) was able to try out a new...

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12-1-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing session of 3 bright planets! Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn"

Today we finally have reached the month of December. Kicking off this new month which tends to be favorable for viewing the oncoming Winter skies, member Harshil got some excellent views of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn....

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11-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Strongly changing weather conditions, glad to have a grab 'n go"

Sometimes observers have to take what the weather gives us, and then we need to make a decision about whether to haul out the big guns or maybe carry out the grab-n-go for a short session. That's a question...

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11-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Hankmeister, Venus, 2 cats, and a case"

Follow along as Thefatkitty (Mark) uses his modded C-8 to catch some great views of Venus and Saturn. Sure the weather wasn't that great but Mark managed to get some viewing in. Furthermore, he did a good job getting it up and running,...

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11-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Monday, Monday"

Today we feature a report dating back to approximately this time last year. As the weather turns colder Taurus rises and we can get glimpses of that wonderful jewelbox the Pleiades. Team member The Fat Kitty (Mark) had a wonderful session observing the cluster and...

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11-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 08 November 2021"

Sometimes comparing objects that you have observed to published photos can confirm impressions one has at the eyepiece. In KT4HX (Alan's) case, this ocurred with NGC 673 where a significant difference in brightness was noticed by him between...

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11-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Saturn's Moons"

Today's award goes to jrkirkham (Rob) once again for his spledid observing session with Saturn's moons using his C-11. While gazing at the ringed planet he was able to discern Titan, Rhea, Tethys, and Dione. Quite an accomplishment and as he mentions...

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11-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Verdict: My Warm Room is Warm"

An evening in a warm room with an observatory certainly is preferable to one without for both visual observing and astrophotography. Jrkirkham (Rob) describes his "man-cave" experience on a chilly night, plus he managed both to observe and...

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11-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lunar Eclipse November 18-19 2021"

Nice work everyone in this thread started by Bigzmey (Andrey).Truly it was a collective effort to see/capture the lunar eclipse and worthy of the VROD to all involved. I personally was clouded out even if it was visible from here. So the honor...

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11-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"iOptron 150mm Mak first light"

Yesterday Bigzmey (Andrey) composed a super report about his experiences from home with a new scope as part of the legacy of Hankmeister3 (Henry), former forum member and friend of John Donne (Mark), who sent the scope to Andrey. The scope, a 150mm...

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11-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Short Visual Report - yes, a Visual Report"

Today's featured topic is an observational session by Juno16 (Jim) who broke away from his normal astrophotography routine to see the sights with his own eyes, using his ES ED102 refractor. Amongst the objects he viewed included a...

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11-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Short and Sweet"

When one gets the opportunity to do outreach, or better yet share the night skies with the younger set it is always rewarding. Follow along as Unitron48 (Dave) had his grandson view the moon and planets, ideal targets right now with the moon very prevalent. Congratulations...

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11-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Aquarius Doubles"

Today's featured report comes from team member Bigzmey (Andrey) who was able to get out at home (Bortle 6) and do some double star observing. Follow along as he uses his 102 mm scope to split a laundry list of these objects in Aqarius. It was an extra special...

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11-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Aquarius Doubles"

Today's featured report comes from team member Bigzmey (Andrey) who was able to get out at home (Bortle 6) and do some double star observing. Follow along as he uses his 102 mm scope to split a laundry list of these objects in Aqarius. It was an extra special...

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10-10-2012 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 07 November 2021 - good to be back in action"

Today's featured report comes from team member KT4HX(Alan) who explored a vast array of galaxies in a variety of constellations including Aries and Sculptor. Follow along as he describes the views of these deep...

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10-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some city nights are better than others, deepsky with a 6 inch"

Today's featured report comes from team member John Baars who spent a great evening observing deep sky objects from the backyard - including NGC 404 (Mirach's Ghost), M33, M77, Kemble's Cascade, Caroline's...

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11-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Outreach - USNA"

Follow along as Unitron48 (Dave) describes a great outreach session at the U.S. Naval Academy, with over 100 midshipmen and their family members participating. Not only does the campus have an observatory but also a planetarium. Dave's club (and Dave) brought...

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11-6-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sigma Orionis"

Today's featured report is a series of observations in Orion, which is becoming favorable to visit if one stays up relatively late in the eve, Member John Donne (Mark) has done a great job with M42 and M43 and the Sigma Orionis star system, which is included in...

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11-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Caroline's Rose Cluster, easy to find, observable with 10 cm"

NGC 7789 is a wonderful target in Cassiopeia. Today's featured report is team member John Baars effort to find it through a 4" scope, which approximates the aperture of the instrument Caroline Herschel (William's...

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11-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"After Two Months Finally A Trip to my Dark Sky Site"

Today we feature a report from refractordude who was able to take out his 150mm f/8 refractor for some dark sky observing. At his location he was able to observe M31 and M110 with some excellent views, as well as Saturn and Jupiter....

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11-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Spooky Halloween Observation Report"

Here we are in the beginning of November with some summer season objects still visible in the early evenings, but without mosquitoes and other bugs. The Wave Catcher (Steve) took the opportunity afforded to him on Halloween night to view some...

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11-1-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lacertae Nebulae: Planck Galactic Cold Clump, Sh2-126, and LBN 420 through LBN 463"

Today we feature a wonderful series of reports on the nebulosity associated with the constellation Lacerta observed through various pairs of binoculars and a 6" f/5 refractor by member j.gardavsky...

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10-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Clear Nights 27-31 Oct 2021"

Today we feature a report by Mike Marotta which spans the course of two evenings, and likely will continue this evening. Amongst the objects viewed by Mike through his ES 102 Achromatic refractor were Jupiter and Saturn, M42, Sigma Orionis, Alpha and...

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10-219-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Bright evening, triple observing"

Follow along with John Baars as he explores Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn with his 120mm ED as well as the Double Cluster, Kimble's Cascade. M31, M32, the Pleiades and others in what was a very good session. And to top it off, he had...

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10-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Orion floating in the sky"

At Bigzmey's nomination this report wins the VROD of the day.

Yours truly was out with the scope yesterday morning at 5:30 to see the sights. Along with some old favorites I was able to pick up the Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) in Auriga which...

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10-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Anticipating a Report"

Actually the TSS VROD award goes to John Donne (Mark) who made three reports in his topic thread. The first report concerns the anticipated sky conditions, the second report covers the journey to the observing site, while the third report concerns the observational...

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10-25-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First light, new location"

Unitron48 (Dave) has moved to a new location with darker skies. He was able to get out and do some observing of double stars and globular clusters with the Milky Way visible in his SV110ED scope, a veritable "first light" experience. Congratulations...

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10-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sunspots on 24/10/21"

Today's report features a sketch by mariosi of sunspots on the solar limb from Cyprus. This outstanding sketch is the TSS Visual Report of the Day!

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8-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A City Dweller Report"

Certainly there are challenges for urban stargazers in punching through heavy light pollution one finds in the city and suburbs, each of which appears to get more light polluted with passing years. However, the Wave Catcher (Steve) was able to get out with...

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10-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Goto works"

Today we dig into the past to experience a report from Shabadoo (Jeff) who practiced his GOTO skills during a session last October. He was able to locate Jupiter, Saturn, and M31 - along with Capella and a series of other objects including some double stars and Neptune,...

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10-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Mars Report (evening of 10-17-2020)"

Today we take a trip back to last year when many of us were enjoying the sight of Mars at opposition. Even though Mars is not at opposition again until December 4th, 2022, it's fun to reminisce. Terry Nak's report provides a good overview...

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10-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Three Telescopes in a Soupy Sky"

In today's featured report, John Donne explores Jupiter and the moon using a combination of three scopes, a 72mm f/5.8, a 100mm f/9, and a 110 mm f/6 - all refractors. Follow along as he describes the views through different apertures and magnifications....

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10-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Two first timers"

Today Refractordude is the winner of the Visual Report of the Day for his observations from last October (2020). He accomplished two great things - seeing the "E" Star in the Trapezium (Orion) for the first time and also a successful split of the blue...

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10-13-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"NGC 2158"

Have you ever seen NGC 2158?

It is a cluster appearing to be embedded within Messier 35 in Gemini but actually is much further away from Earth. Looking off to the side of the M35 cluster with an ST-80, member Pakarinen (Olen) was able to detect it's ghostly...

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10-11-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Museum night at Christiaan Huygens' house, a special outreach"

Today we feature a highly interesting and unique report from John Baars regarding the annual event where museums stay open into the, late eve, and beer is served. In John's case he completed outreach with more...

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10-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"I was blind."

Member Messier111 (Jean-Yves) recently had cataract surgery on an eye. After the healing period, he was able to get out last eve and enjoy a view of Jupiter through both 60mm and 120mm scopes. What he was able to see post-surgery was almost a revelation - detailed...

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10-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"nFA observing report 03 October 2021"

Today we feature another report where an attempt was made to test some new equipment during an observing session. Not only can the observer learn something new but also the audience who reads the report. In this case, notFritzArgelander (nFA)...

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10-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomy Report – 2021-10-04 First Light Baader Hyperion EP, N.I.N.A. TPPA"

Once in awhile something really exciting happens like getting a whole new set of eyepieces, in this case chris_g tries out a series of Baader Hyperions. Follow along as he describes his observations...

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10-6-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A quick view with new kit"

Today we feature a report from John Donne (Mark) where he tries out a 150mm Ritchey Chretien scope that formerly belonged to forum member Henry. Follow along as he observes a selection of stars and finally Jupiter and the Great red spot. Since his aim...

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

"Another Successful Outreach"

Today we are fortunate to be able to highlight Unitron48's (Dave's) latest group session. With everything from the planets including the outer gas giants to Messier Objects with a 30" Obsession and double stars through Dave's scope being...

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10-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 29 September 2021 - lots of galaxies north and south"

Today's highlight is a detailed and fccused report on galactic observing by team member KT4HX (Alan) who explored Pegasus, Pisces Austrinus, Grus, Sculptor, and Pisces for new objects including 50 galaxies...

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10-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"nFA observing report 27 Sept 2021"

Today's featured report comes from notFritzArgelander (nFA) and includes a very detailed discussion of eyepieces and filters used during the session and their relative performance. These were probably used to the greatest effect in revealing...

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10-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Glimpse of G1 in Andromeda"

Well after four nominations I suppose it's OK to highlight my own report. G1 can be a tough target yet worthwhile if conditions are good. Two night ago there was reasonable darkness and excellent seeing, so I thought I would go after this elusive...

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9-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Trotting through the Messiers"

What does poor transparency do to an observing evening? Today's featured report from John Donne (Mark) includes some DSO views and also observations of the planets. Follow along as he describes his time at the eyepiece. Overall, it sounds like...

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9-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First Light for a Mak"

Today's featured report being highlighted dates back to October 1, 2020 when many of us were preparing for Mars at opposition. As a result the red planet was getting closer and closer to earth. Star Dad was able to borrow a 7" Mak-Cassegrain f/15...

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9-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A small race against the clock, from GRS to ET.

While on holiday, team member John Baars managed a binocular observation of M81 and M82 through his 15 x 70 pair. Returning home, taking his grab-and-go 102 Mak, he proceeded to see both Jupiter (including the great red spot) and Saturn,...

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9-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomy Report - 21 -09 -21 - Another Clear Autumn Night"

Today's featured report as nominated by Makuser (Marshall) belongs to chris_g (Chris) who managed successful views of Jupiter and particularly Saturn with its amazing and complicated series of rings. Furthermore, his...

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9-25-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Great Night Under the Stars!"

Today we feature a report from Unitron48 (Dave) consisting of an evening of observing and outreach at the Morning Calm Observatory (MCO) during which time three instruments were used - a 30" Obsession for mostly observing Deep Sky Objects, a 12"...

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9-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Binoculars First Light"

Today's featured report is a first light experience from team member Graeme1858 (Graeme) using his new11x70 APM binoculars. Switching up from 10x50's to 70mm aperture results in an almost exponential increase in the number of stars visible, and objects...

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9-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Harvest Moon session "

Sometimes it is wonderful to enjoy a full moon. That's exactly what Bigzmey (Andrey) did as he set up for observing with his Stellarvue 102, noting the light shining off the desert landscape and the nearby mountains at his Anza site. He managed views of...

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9-21-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observation Report - 21-09-10 and 21-09-11, Family Star Party, Elm Grove, LA"

Getting together with family and friends and sharing the night skies is always a great experience. After being stymied in his AP attempt, chris_g (Chris) was able to view the moon and Saturn with family,...

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9-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Moon, Planets, and Doubles"

What to do when the moon is nearly full? Well the obvious targets are luna itself and the planets. Follow along as KingNothing13 (Brett) delves into the majesty of lunar craters and mountain ranges including Copernicus and Tycho and their spray patterns...

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9-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sept 17 2021 views and Kit"

Today we focus on a planetary observing report as John Donne (Mark) was able to enjoy some detailed views of Jupiter and Saturn using both 72mm and 110mm scopes with the 110 providing superb performance. He completed views of the A, B, and C rings of...

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9-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Another Blast from the Past"

Today's featured report comes from bladekeeper (Bryan) and dates back to the days of the old forum, in fact Sept. 14th, 2018. Follow along as he explores the moon, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even Pluto. Plus, he was able to view Titania and...

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9-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 25 March 2009 - say what?"

One of our themes over the past couple of days in our series of featured topics on observational astronomy is to highlight some classic reports from some very experienced observers to show two things (1) how easy it is to start documenting...

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9-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Uranus, Perseus galaxy and Cygnus Nebulae from six years ago"

Today we feature a real treat - Bigzmey's (Andrey) first report he ever filed, which kindered a long series of outstanding and detailed posts. For a first effort, it is impressive. Follow along as he views Uranus,...

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9-15-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Report 007"

Today the featured report is by jnicholes (Jared) who managed to get out around 8:30 in the evening and observed a total of 5 objects including M2, M52, M13, Jupiter and Saturn with his 80mm 900mm fl refractor. Not only were the objects seen visually but he includes...

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9-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"What a few clear nights can achieve"

Today we feature a report dating back to 9-13-2020 by Greenman (Tony). Follow along as he completes observations of M31 as well as M81 and M82 after getting his scope polar aligned. Next, he turned his attention to Mars, which as we recall was...

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9-13-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Winter galaxies"

Now is a great time to observe the winter galaxies if one stays up late enough or gets up early. Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) makes more progress in completing the Herschel lists under the dark skies of the Anza Desert. These objects comprise an observing treat,...

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9-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 06 September 2021 - galaxies and other things"

Today we highlight Alan's (KT4HX report) as he explores Hercules as a galaxy hunting ground. Utilizing his 17.5" Dob from his dark sky location, he managed to pull in a wide variety of these faint denizens...

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9-10-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A little pre-dawn observing 9.5.2021"

Today's featured topic was posted by Pakarinen (Olen) who managed to get out for a morning session on 9-5-2021 around 3am. Follow along as he observed a range of objects with his 80mm refractor including the Orion Nebula, the trifecta of...

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9-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Whale and the River"

Exploring some of the fainter constellations requires darker skies than your typical urban or suburban enviroment just to see them naked eye. In this case, we follow along with Bigzmey (Andrey) as he takes advantage of the dark skies of the Anza desert to...

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9-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Transit of Ganymede"

Today's featured report is courtesy of John Donne (Mark). While enjoying a social observing session with other folks nearby, Mark was able to catch the transit of Ganymede across the face of Jupiter and complete some sketches of the progress of the satellite....

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9-6-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 02 September 2021 - Swimming with dim little fishies"

Follow along as team member Alan (KT4HX) explores a bevy of galaxies in Aquarius and Pisces using his 17.5" Dobsonian. A wide variety of galaxies were observed including 16 lenticulars, 6 barred spirals,...

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

"9.3.2021 - TSS Challenges and Others"

KingNothing13 (Brett) had an outstanding observing session featuring views of carbon stars and also KT4HX's challenge objects including some clusters and also the galaxy NGC 7331. Lastly he focused on Jupiter and completed a successful observation...

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9-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Jupiter Observation 9/4/2021 2:00 UT"

Today we highlight a successful observation of Jupiter by member WilliamPaolini (William). He used a Vixen 81S APO to reveal the belts of Jupiter in both the North and South regions as well as the Equatorial bands, coupled with additional observations...

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9-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

""Sunspots 31/8/21 - 1/9/21 - 2/9/21"

Today's featured report is a set of sketches by Marios of our solar neighbor. As you can see, he did a great job capturing the sunspots over a three day period using a 10" Dob. Congratulations Marios on your fascinating report,...

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9-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"OMG OMG!! I saw andromeda galaxy for the first time naked eye!"

Today's featured report is realflow100's naked-eye view of the Andromeda Galaxy. It is indeed satisfying to be able to pick it out from light polluted skies and discern its ghostly shape. Perhaps it should be...

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8-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Scutum and Scorpius on a Hot Night"

Since I was nominated for the VROD by @turboscrew (Juha) I'll post this as the report of the day. Nothing fancy, just a jaunt through Scutum, Scorpius, and a bit of Sagittarius looking at globs and nebulae. The LP is generally rough on these...

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8-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some summer challenge doubles for 5 to 6 inch class scopes"

Today's featured report is from John Fitzgerald who observed double stars in Lyra, Delphinus, and Cygnus using his 6" f/8 APO scope. By ramping up the power he achieved some very impressive splits, for example...

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8-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"I HATE open clusters"

Today's featured report goes all the way back to August 2020 now that we find ouselves on August 27th, 2021. Whether you like them or not, OC's are plentiful in summer and comprise one of the more interesting classes of objects to observe, and our featured...

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8-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Ophiuchus Doubles"

Featured today is an excellent report by Bigzmey (Andrey) who traveled to his Anza desert site to catch some double stars in Ophiuchus. With a full moon they make a great target on otherwise inactive nights. Follow along as he describes his observations, and amongst...

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8-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sh2-27, LBN, and MBM nebulae in Ophiucus, Serpens Caput, Libra, and Scorpius"

Today's featured report is from j.gardavsky (JG) who updates us with his more recent observations of nebulosity associated with the constellations Ophiuchus, Serpens Caput, Libra, and Scorpius. The...

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8-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"moon and planets."

Today's featured report is from OzEclipse (Joe). Using an 18" Dob follow along as Joe describes his view of the moon up to powers as high as 500x, focusing on craters and the limb of luna. After that, he observed Jupiter, but didn't get a chance to...

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8-21-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observation Report - 08-20-21 - Another awesome night"

Today's featured report is from chris_g who managed to get out and do some planetary observing focusing on Jupiter, which now is in the vicinity of the moon. Just a reminder that Big Jupe and its moons are a worthy target....

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8-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Dark Site? Check. Messier 33? Check!"

Today we feature a report dating back to August 27th, 2020. Pakarinen (Olen) was able to take advantage of a dark sky site and conducted a successful observation of Messier 33, the Triangulum Galaxy through his ST80. Believe it or not, M33 is...

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8-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Sketch impression of Jupiter in a 102mm Maksutov"

Team member John Baars has rendered an outstanding sketch of Jupiter as viewed through a 102mm Maksutov with a 14mm eyepiece. First the observation was carried out and then the sketch produced from memory the following morning. Congratulations...

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8-15-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Scorpio nebulae, clusters, and meteor shower."

One of the exciting things about visual astronomy is the innumerable quantity of objects that may be observed from dark skies. While some folks stay with the showpieces of the season, others push their skillset to the limit and "really...

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8-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Pluto Observation"

Overall we have not had too many observations of Pluto, the non-planet. Hence today's featured report is from last summer and was carried out by member Nakedgun with his 12.5" Dobsonian. Using charts from Sky & Telescope he was able to track its position...

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8-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Something old, something new, something fuzzy, something blue"

Todays award winner is OzEclipse (Joe) who has put together an excellent and highly detailed report of his observations from Tuesday evening. Viewing a plethora of galaxies, nebulae, and clusters he logged the observations...

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8-11-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Perseid's on the Rise!

Today's highlighted report has a wonderful subject, the annual Perseid meteor show. Member Unitron48 (Dave) spent two nights counting meteors that he observed visually. Visible without optical aid, these August meteors are amongst the top naked eye targets...

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8-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 05 August 2021 - a surprisingly successful evening"

Today's featured report features jaunts through three constellations in the hunt for clusters and galaxies. Follow along as KT4HX (Alan) observes with his 17.5" Dob in Scorpius, Pegasus, and Andromeda...

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

"Observation Report - 08-07-21 - Success!"

Today's featured report by member chris_g describes the process of setting up the mount, getting the goto working, and then observing with a variety of eyepieces under Bortle 5 skies. Chris ended up observing most successfully with a...

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

"Scorpio tail and Jupiter triple transit"

Today's featured report from Bigzmey (Andrey) includes some great cluster and asterism observing in Scorpius along with an absolute home run of an observation as Andrey was able to see and capture by sketching a triple transit of three...

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8-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"31 July to 01 August: A good night of viewing"

Sometimes one starts a session and whiffs on the initial planned targets. It happens to the best of us on occasion, but if one perseveres the evening can be counted as a success when you locate objects that were not on the original...

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8-2-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lyra to Cygnus and Hercules: The Lynds, MW, MDW, MBM, and the Mel Bartels Nebula"

Todays' report represents an outstanding effort to observe faint and extended nebulae with 10.5x70, 15x85 and 8x56 binoculars in the constellations mentioned above. These faint loops of gas are...

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8-1-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day Award.

"Observing Report night of 7/25 to morning of 7/26"

Today's award winner is a report from member Big_Eight documenting their experience observing the moon, Albireo, and later on, catching the shadow of a transiting Io across the face of Jupiter. It's a geat report as the...

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7-31-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"July 2021 TSS DSO Challenge"

Today's featured report is KT4HX's session in Ara, a constellation not observable for the most part by those in Northerly lattitudes, but caught by Alan in his ED80 5 years ago at a location 5 degrees south of the Equator. The observations include...

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7-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Three easy, unequal double stars for July evenings"

In today's featured report, John Fitzgerald introduces us to a set of three double stars - two in Scorpius and one in Lyra. See if you can split these doubles! Congratulations John on winning the VROD for today.

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7-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Eastern Veil Nebula (and Others)"

Today we feature a report from terrynak (Terry) on observing the Eastern Veil Nebula in Cygnus. Now that the constellation is well-positioned for observation, Terry's report provides encouragement for observers who may never have seen the Veil...

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7-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lunar X, and Rupes Recta on the 18th of June, 2021"

Today's report comes from j.gardavsky (JG) and documents his observation/image of the Lunar X feature and Rupes Recta on the moon using his Leica APO 82mm Televid. Congratulations JG on winning the TSS Visual Report of the...

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7-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report 17-18 July 2021"

Today we feature a report from Mike Marotta, who observed M7 the Butterfly Cluster through binoculars and Jupiter through a 102 mm refractor. He was able to successully watch the transit of Europa across the planet's face. Congratualtions Mike...

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7-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Double Stars Eta Draconis and STF 2054"

Today's featured report is courtesy of member John Fitzgerald. Using his 10" f/5 Dob he managed to split Eta Draconis and STF 2054. Both of these double star systems are rather hard to separate especially in poorer seeing conditions....

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7-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day!

"My Comet NEOWISE Report (in a blog style)"

Today we feature a blast from the past, dating back to July 19th, 2020. If you can remember last summer, you will probably recall the appearance of comet NEOWISE first as a morning object, then later as an evening object. In this report...

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7-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 15 July 2021 - dew, fog, and success"

Today we feature an excellent report from team member KT4HX (Alan) who braved the moon, dew, and fog in order to record a great session. Starting off with his 17.5" Dob he plumbed the depths of Cygnus for open clusters...

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7-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Pentax XL 40mm first light and some galaxy hunting"

And the winner for today...is Bigzmey (Andrey). We are treated to an oustanding report of galaxies in Virgo and Bootes as well as a review of a Pentax XL 40 eyepiece in comparison to some others in his kit. Overall it was a great...

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7-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Search for Pluto...."

Spotting Pluto is indeed tough, a faint star-like object moving slowly across a starry background. How can one be sure that they have seen it? Typically it can only be confirmed by sketching over a period of several days or snapping a photo and then comparing...

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7-12-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Abell Galaxy Clusters 2197 & 2199"

Today we highlight a report from member Mark Moyer who observed a couple of clusters of galaxies on Saturday night. As he mentions, galaxy season is beginning to come to an end for the year, at least for the bright showpieces. But there is...

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7-11-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"2021 - 07 - 10 : Virgo M's and some others"

Today we feature a report by KingNothing13 (Brett) who spent some time in the backyard observing members of the Virgo Cluster as well as the Veil, Dumbbell, and Ring Nebulas. Follow along as he describes his observations in detail....

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7-10-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 05 July 2021 - dew and fog and galaxies, oh my"
Today's report features an extensive session of galaxy observing in the constellations Hercules and Ophiuchus, with an open cluster in Aquila also, by KT4HX (Alan) with his 17.5" Dobsonian, While conditions...

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7-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Report 004"

Today we highlight jnicholes (Jared's) astronomy report featuring cell phone snaps of many prominent summer showpieces, closely approximating what can be seen at the eyepiece through an amateur scope. Thanks to member turboscrew for nominating this report for the...

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7-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Virgo and Booties Galaxies"

Before they set once and for all for the year 2021, there still is time to observe galaxies in Bootes and Virgo, as evidenced by Bigzmey's (Andrey) success in the West from the dark skies of Anza Borrego using a Celestron 9.25" Edge HD. Follow...

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

"Observing Report for 03 July 2021 - a rough night in the field"

Sometimes we lay out the best intended observing plans but for whatever reason - fast moving clouds, sudden changes in seeing, extraneous light intrusions our plans are scuttled and one has to start anew or just deal...

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7-6-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Double star Zeta Herculi between clouds"

When observing double stars one must often increase the power to over 200x to get a degree of separation or even a recognizable bulge between the primary and its companion. Team member John Baars has done this with Zeta Herculi followed up...

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7-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observation Report July 3, 2021"

Binocular observing offers many rewards. One can enjoy a wide field of view and enjoy the vast starfields of Summer. Follow along as Caddman (Glenn) explores Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Sagittarius and Scutum and the riches therein, including globular and...

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7-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Double Solar System Session"

Today's featured report dates back exactly one year ago to July 3, 2020. Follw along as terrynak (Terry) explores the moon and planets with a 50mm Galileoscope. It's a great example of how much one can see even at this level of aperture, from...

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7-1-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"C/2020 T2 (Palomar) comet and a bit of Virgo"

Racing against the rising moon, member Bigzmey (Andrey) headed out to the dark skies of Anza Borrego to observe a comet and a selection of galaxies in Virgo. In order to catch these objects before they set one must get started after...

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6-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Extended Observing Report - 29/30 June"

Sometimes one can get in two observing sessions in the space of a day/eve. That's exactly what Unitron48 (Dave) accomplished yesterday, with a solar session in the afternoon and then a long evening session of observing the moon, planets,...

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6-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"The Pluto Report"

Today we feature an attempt to observe/capture the motion of Pluto over a two night sequence. It certainly is possible to pass over the former planet visually as it is indistinguishable from a faint star and shows no disk. Therefore, sketching or snapping a photo...

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6-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Astronomical events from the Anglo-Saxon chronicles"

It is not everyday where we get a report from the 9th-12th centuries but that's what we have here. Member Chich has painstakingly researched the Anglo-Saxon Chonicles...

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6-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Antares last evening"

One of the tougher double stars to split is Antares, with a nearby faintish companion. However, member John Fitzgerald gave it a try and had some success in the endeavor. As we are now enjoying the Summer evenings with a wide variety of observing targets to...

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6-25-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 05 March 2021 - cruisin' with the cats"

Today we feature a report from this past Spring observing season by team member kt4hx (Alan). Plumbing the depths of Lynx and Leo follow along as he observes a bevy of galaxies from his dark sky spot using his 17.5"...

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6-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Some Ophiuchus double stars"

While the constellation Ophiuchus is known for its collection of open and globular clusters and sometimes also for its obscuring regions of dust, there are other treasures to be found there in the form of Double stars. Member John Fitzgerald does an...

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6-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Mostly Lunar"

Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) takes us on an adventure using a variety of equipment and targets from his Bortle 6.0 backyard. He describes binoviewing of the moon, some testing of different eyepieces, and finally observations of asteroids. From home, these kinds...

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6-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First Astronomy Report"

Today's featured report comes from jnicholes (Jared) who observed classic spring and summer objects through an 80mm 900 mm focal length refractor and used the NightCap phone app to capture what he was seeing. As you can see, the objects appear very similar...

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6-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Ursa Major Galaxies"

Probably many folks can spot the Big Dipper, even if they are not astronomically inclined. However, they don't know about the number of galaxies within and around the Dipper asterism, nor do they know that the Dipper's home constellation, Ursa Major...

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6-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"First View: Great Red Spot"

Member mikemarotta was able to glimpse one of the hard to see features on Jupiter using his ES 102 refractor - not really easy these days as the great spot has faded considerably since the 1970's. This decades old storm seems to be quieting down slightly....

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6-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Night of Doubles...and Other Things"

Member Unitron48 (Dave) managed to participate in a group session with access to various scopes including a 30" Dob. During the session, a large number of double stars were observed along with many Summer Messier objects. They wrapped...

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6-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A brief cluster duster last night 6.16.21"

Follow along with Pakarinen (Olen) as he explores regions of Ophiuchus searching for open clusters. For some reason, Charles Messier missed some impressive objects in his "comet" survey. Nevertheless, they make up some excellent...

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6-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"More Serpens double stars"

Today we feature another report by John Fitzgerald, who continued his activity of the previous evening by exploring additional double stars in Serpens. Observing nine doubles, follow along as he describes the appearance of each pair. There is a wide variety...

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6-15-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Western Serpens double stars on June 14"

Today we feature a double star observing report by John Fitzgerald, who spent some time in Serpens using his 6" APO. Thanks for the detailed report John and congratulations on winning the VROD for today!

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6-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Proxima Centauri"

Not many of us have seen Proxima Centauri visually because of its close proximation to Alpha. However, member NGC 1365 has concluded a successful observation of the diminutive star using an 18" f/4.5 Dobsonian telescope. Follow along by reading his report...

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6-13-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"M94 and a Red Carbon star."

Today we feature a report from an early Spring evening this year, now that we are one week from the official start of summer. John Baars using his 120 ED Evostar doublet tracks down galaxies in Leo and Canes Venatici with some good advice for urban/suburban...

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6-11-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Draco and Ursa Major Galaxies"

Bigzmey (Andrey) takes us on a spectacular journey through Draco and Ursa Major, building on his observations of the past week from his dark sky site (Bortle 3.5) in the Anza Desert using a Celestron Edge 9.25" SCT and a 150mm Celestron Achro....

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6-10-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Patrick's January 2021 Reports"

Today we feature a report originally filed in January 2021 by patrickdives (Patrick) consisting of outstanding observations of the winter showpieces using a 15" Obsession Classic Dobsonian. Patrick was able to log numerous objects with excellent...

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6-9-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Under Dark Skies Again Observation Report"

Todaw we highlight refractordude's session at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland where he planned to do some stargazing (and fishing). After the fishing, he arrived at his dark sky location and managed a view of some favorite Springtime...

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6-8-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 04 June 2021 - tucked away in a corner of Virgo"

Before Springtime comes to an end and before the time when star clusters and nebulae dominate the Summertime skies there still is an opportunity to catch those denizens of the season: Galaxies! Follow along as...

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6-7-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Hole in a cluster, NGC6811. Or two holes in two clusters?"

Today we feature an observation by team member John Baars of a lesser known open cluster NGC 6811 and an even lesser known cluster apparently without a designation. Congratulations John on the view and sketch of these two...

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

"A Rare Northern Capture"

Can you see Omega Centauri from your latitude? For the bulk of observers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe it is not visible above the horizon. However, for those in the Southern Hemisphere and the lower Northern Hemisphere it is a Celestial showpiece. Follow...

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

"Draco Galaxies"

Today we feature an excursion into the constellation Draco the dragon by Bigzmey (Andrey) from his dark sky spot in the Anza Desert of Southern California. Being kind of faint, Draco is hard to make out from urban and suburban skies just like other hard-to-see constellations....

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6-4-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Unplanned Binocular Observing with my 20 x 80's"

Binoculars are probably the ultimate grab-n-go gadget in the kit of most amateurs. Not only are they useful for finding targets for star hopping in a bigger scope, they open up a whole new wide-angle view of the heavens. Heavier...

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6-3-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"U Sge"

Member pakarinen (Olen) managed a glimpse of an eclipsing binary in Sagitta which varies from magnitude 6.5 to a bit fainter than magnitude 9 over a period of 3.38 days. To find it look for the coathanger (Cr399) in the same field of view with a low power eyepiece. Congratulations...

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6-1-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"After 4 years, finally a report!"

Member omeek (Oliver) takes us on a walk through Coma Berenices, Canes Venatici, and lastly Leo for a glimpse of Spring showpieces that make delightful galactic eye candy. Now observing from Bortle 4 skies in Arizona rather than Bortle 8/9 skies,...

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5-31-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"One double star, two refractors."

Putting one's equipment to the test by examining an object in two differerent telescopes can be a useful exercise to determine which optical system performs better with which eyepiece. Team member John Baars put his 150mm Achro and 120mm APO...

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5-30-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Private starparty - 29 of May"

Today's featured report is from member Robko, who takes us along on a journey using an 18" Obsession Dobsonian.With a scope of this size even features such as the central star in M57 are visible, the globular cluster M56, sometimes overlooked...

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5-29-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Mars (10-30-20)"

Many of us had the opportunity to view Mars last fall while it was at opposition. Today we feature terrynak's (Terry's) report on the red planet which rates as a classic because of the detail he was able to discern using a 6" f/8 Newtonian. Congratulations...

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5-28-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Reminder for upcoming Asteroid (4) Vesta - Leo Triplet Conjunction"

Today's report by team member Astrobee (Greg) focuses on a future event rather than a past observation. On June 10th, 2021 Vesta will pass close to M65 in Leo. By focusing on the immediate Leo triplet area,...

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5-27-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Total Lunar Eclipse - May 26, 2021"

Follow along as OzEclipse (Joe) reports on his experience observing the total lunar eclipse on May 26th, 2021. It was his 24th successful observation of the phenomenon, which must be a record. Congratulations Joe on winning the VROD for the day!

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5-26-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lunar binoviewing"

Binoviewers are an interesting accessory for telescopes as they allow simultaneous viewing of an object with both eyes. Of course, when using them two matching eyepieces are necessary for satisfactory views. Follow along as Bigzmey (Andrey) describes his experiences...

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5-25-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Moon: Cross of thin rays in Babbage, 23rd May 2021"

Today we feature an excellent observation of a feature on the moon by j.gardavsky (JG). Using a 6" f/5 Achromatic refractor he was able to pick up thin rays of light close to the center of the Babbage A crater. Congratulations...

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5-24-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"I think I got to see some more faint objects in the milkyway. m22. lagoon swan nebulas"

Many folks can only observe from very light polluted locatioms such as city centers. Oftentimes the advice to these observers is stick with the moon and planets, which can still be easily found...

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5-23-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report for 19 May 2021 - galaxies in a moonlit sky"

For some observers the moon's presence means it is time to stay inside for the evening and wait til a few days before the new moon to venture out under moonless skies. For others however, who can deal with the challenge...

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5-23-21 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing report for 19 May 2021 - galaxies in a moonlit sky"

For some observers the moon's presence means it is time to stay inside for the evening and wait til a few days before the new moon to venture out under moonless skies. For others however, who can deal with the challenge...

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5-22-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Venus and Mercury 05/18/2021"

Today we feature another observation of Mercury, this time telescopically by Bigzmey (Andrey) who was able to get out at dusk and catch the planet is his Celestron 80mm ED scope. He was able to resolve the planet as a small crescent at approximately...

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5-21-2021 TSS Visual Report of The Day.

"Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 5-17-2021"

Some targets are fleeting at best or require special preparation, as Mercury does on many occasions. Because it usually is so close to the sun, the times when it can be observed successfully are limited, usually just after sunset...

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5-20-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Lunar Check"

The Lunar X and V are transient Clair Obscur effects which are visible on the lunar surface once a month for about four hours. The lunar phase illumination during which they can be seen during 2021 varies between 41% and 55% illuminated...

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5-19-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Another of those grabngo evenings, experimenting and M13"

Today we feature a very interesting report from John Baars in which he attempts to locate objects prior to actual darkness, when even bright stars like Arcturus are not yet visible. Yet, with careful use of positioning, it...

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5-18-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"M51, March 11, 2021"

Today we look back to the month of March to highlight an observation of M51 by John Donne through a Skywatcher Evostar 100mm Doublet. Switching between various eyepieces he was able to discern M51 and NGC 5195 its companion galaxy. As you may know, the two galaxies...

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5-17-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"An Astrofeast at 34 South"

Today we feature quite an astronomical adventure as well as some culinary delights courtesy of OzEclipse (Joe). Inviting some friends over for an astroparty they were able to get a taste of his cooking, enjoy some time around the fire and finally on to...

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5-16-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Zoom Eyepiece for DSO"

Today we highlight a commentary on the pros and cons of zoom eyepieces for observing. Member refractordude started the conversation in the reports forum, mentioning that he observed M104 the Sombrero galaxy for the first time using a zoom EP noting the benefits...

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5-15-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"A Night in the City"

Those observing from the City or nearby suburbs have a challenge with light pollution. Not only are there nearby lights from neighbors and/or streetlights, but there is a high level of overall skyglow which makes observing distended objects difficult-to-impossible....

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5-14-2021 TSS Visual Report of the Day.

"Observing Report for 01 May 2021 - adventures in globular and galaxy hunting"

Today we feature an outstanding report by KT4HX (Alan) on his extensive observations of globular clusters and galaxies with his 17.5" Dob primarily in the constellations Coma Berenices, Hydra, and...

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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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