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Post by Gordon » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:50 pm


Here we are. The end of 2019 and the start of a new decade. Most of you have elected to continue your 'forum journey' with TSS (The Sky Searchers). Back in March and April of this year a number of us started to create an alternative to our old forum. This was a very difficult decision but because of the lack of administration and the number of errors and security issues we made the jump.

It's be a fun adventure so far. Our members are enjoying the new format and the fact that we have been able to retain the 'flavor' of the old forum. This was probably the biggest concern we had. Our security is tight, our system errors are minimal and are being corrected as fast as possible, and we keep adding new features to help keep members coming back.

With that being said, I want to thank all the members of the team for the support and assistance given to get TSS up and running. We couldn't have done this without you.

And to our members! You folks are the greatest! It's hard to imagine getting 700 plus people in the same room and have everyone jump in to help new and old member alike, gain the knowledge to make their Astronomy experience better.

So congratulations to all and here's to a great 2020!! :text-happynewyear:
Scopes: Explore Scientific ED80CF, Skywatcher 254N, Orion ST80, Orion Atlas EQ-g mount, Orion SSAG guider. Baader MPCC MkIII coma corrector, Vixen 70mm refractor. Lunt LS35THa solar scope. Skywatcher EQ5pro mount. Imagers: ZWO ASI1600 MM Cool, ZWO ASI174mm-C (for use with my Quark chromosphere), ZWO ASI120MC Filters: LRGB, Ha 7nm, O-III 7nm, S-II 7nm Eyepieces: a few, Primary software: Cartes du Ciel, EQMOD, SGP, Nebulosity, Photoshop, StarTools V1.4
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Post by Kingofthehill » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:51 pm

Thanks to all the admins/officers/back-stage crew who have made this forum an easy change-over from the previous. We all know there is/was a lot of work to make this happen.
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Post by smp » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:08 pm

Thanks *very* much to all the Administrators here at TSS. Well done!

Here's hoping for a healthy and prosperous 2020 for all of us.

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Post by Lady Fraktor » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:34 pm

Thank you for everything you do and have done Gordon.
The rest of the team does a fantastic job as well keeping the new home standing :)
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
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Post by Lowjiber » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:40 am

Gordon, you and your team have done us all a great service. Thanks much to all of you for giving us a new home.

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Post by Juno16 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:48 am

Thanks Gordon and the moderator team for this wonderful forum.

This forum and the members here have given my countless hours of enjoyment and have helped me tremendously in the pursuit of my hobby.

I consider you all my friends and thanks for all of the help and comments!

Thank you,


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Post by Thefatkitty » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:06 am

Gordon and all the admins/mods/members, it's been great so far, and I thank you so much. Yeah, I still miss AF, but that feeling dwindles as time marches on. I gotta say, this has not been a good year for me, but the two stable things I have been able to count on have been my family and you folks here; all "the crew" from AF on the new and improved TSS, and new members as well.

All my best to all the best,
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Post by Harshil » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:19 am

Thank you for TSS! :text-thankyoublue:


Happy new year to all of you... :text-happynewyear:
This year we get one more day to observe night sky... Hope we all get clear skies most of the day... ☺️
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Post by bladekeeper » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:27 am

Thanks for your hard work, Gordon!

And thanks to my fellow co-admins for your hard work and dedication also!

And many many thanks for all my friends, the excellent members of TSS! Thank you for being here and sharing the wealth of knowledge you have!

Should be an interesting year ahead. After all, they say that hindsight is 2020! :lol:
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Post by bobharmony » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:38 am

Thanks Gordon and team for creating this fresh alternative, and for your hard work in maintaining and improving it as we go forward. This is my new Astronomy home - many happy returns!

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Post by Makuser » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:30 pm

Hi Gordon and all. As I type this we now have 708 registered members. Although I read some of the posts on the old AF, my last post was on September 30. I am devoting all of my energy to this great forum. It's all here folks, and it is like having a second family. Thanks to Gordon, the co-administrators, and the excellent members on here who make this a great astronomy forum experience. Oh, and bring on those TSS t-shirts. Thanks everyone, and have a great New Year.
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Post by Don Quixote » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:40 pm

Thank you Gordon and Team.
Happy New Year !
Ckear skies !
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