I might as well get this beef off my chest. I hate it when I hear an observer use the term "faint fuzzy" referring to DSOs. ("Oh well, just another faint fuzzy"). I have never used or ever will use this damaging cliche' "faint fuzzy" describing a DSO or any other sky object. One of the first things is that one can use it carelessly in front of the public at an outreach and leave a negative impression of amateur astronomy. You put a false impression in the minds of the public, especially aspiring beginners, that they can expect to see little from most DSOs.
Now true, many objects are faint, but I, personally, don't see "fuzzy" when I look through my scope at a DSO. I see the potential for detail and many times I am rewarded and surprised when I look at even the most illusive DSO. And when I read what other dedicated individuals here on CN observe, I read about the detail they find in DSOs they observe, and I sure don't read the word "fuzzy" in their descriptions.
I can understand those who, for whatever reasons,have to observe from light polluted areas that are definately not dark sky areas, that they are not going to see much, But please, do our hobby a service and outreach to the public by not creating the impression that most of what we are observing are just a bunch of fuzzy puffs..
Edited by Philler, 17 August 2014 - 07:31 PM.