I’m not sure I would have been quite as blunt as Owen, but I do agree that if the BAA is to remain the leading organisation in amateur astronomy it must be careful what it publishes. I’m not suggesting there is anything wrong in John’s observing challenge but in a wider context the BAA’s output does often get quoted in the general world of astronomy. If the BAA publishes something inaccurate, misleading or open to being misconstrued this downgrades the Association and the wider amateur astronomy world.
Perhaps the more expert and experienced amongst us need to come forward and volunteer to assist with what the BAA does?
To get back to the reason John issued the observing challenge, lets all encourage as many observers as possible to hunt out the pup before the chance of seeing it diminishes for the best part of a lifetime. (Seems Gary above is into his 2nd lifetime!)