Few observers have spotted an ever-elusive "new" star. Fewer still have done it twice. Observing styles and techniques are as varied as the searchers themselves.
Although large, bright comets are infrequent visitors to our skies, faint comets appear on a regular basis. Here are some observing hints that will make your comet-watching more enjoyable.
Some 700 amateur astronomers from around the world enjoyed a solid week of blue-sky days and starlight nights at this year's Table Mountain Star Party.
The September Taurids might peak on the evening of September 1314, which coincides with the new Moon. The exact date and time of maximum activity, however, are uncertain.
On January 2326 New Zealand's Phoenix Astronomical Society held its 16th annual Stardate star party.
More than 1,700 enthusiasts flocked to the 35th annual RTMC Astronomy Expo to shop for the newest telescopes and accessories and to use them under dark California skies.