Two elderly amateur astronomers are receiving high praise from experts for recently discovering 10 new stars — a shining accomplishment considering that only about a dozen are discovered each year.

Koichi Nishiyama, 70, of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and Fujio Kabashima, 68, of Miyaki, Saga Prefecture, teamed up to discover six new stars last year, three more in February, and one this month at their private observatory in the town of Miyaki in Saga.

The two men, who said they want to find "super new stars this year," will receive an award from the Astronomical Society of Japan on March 26.