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I use an A5 notebook and put the date and observing time at the top of the entry. I write a summary of what I observed after the session, equipment used seeing and sky conditions etc. Also anything else you think might be worth including like the ISS passing over. Sometimes it's quite a short entry say half a page so l put the next entry under it. It's all about what works for you.

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These are a few considerations that I've found handy and might be useful with organising your observing . Practical. Red torch, check it's working and the batteries are ok Check your finder is aligned

Amazing work, Nick and thank you for putting this together I'm sure it will help many folk and the advice and insights are  great Aye, + 1.

I have to unattach the washing line too.i have nearly hung myself on it twice Also its handy if its preplanned to fill the kettle beforehand, and put some coffee etc(n dried milk) in a cup. U don't wa

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Good post and some good advice, also make sure your back door is oiled lol as last week waiting for the lightening I was awoken to hear the thunder, jumped out of bed the camera was all ready shoes and clothes on in record time , do you think i could open the backdoor??? it was jammed solid could not believe my luck

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another one I found last month after spending all day making up a observing list and waiting until the wee small hours for darkness-REMEMBER TO PUT PETROL IN THE CAR!!!

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Many thanks. I take out a Planisphere as they can be dialled to date & time. 

Redshift (on Google & Apple) has a red night vision setting & a Telrad setting. Best used on a touch screen device. 

For warmth comfort I use Zippo hand warmers. They can also be used as a make-do dew zapper. 

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Thanks chaps for a really useful post. I'm only just finding my way around and some of it is slotting into place, but there's many years of learning to do, which really is the part that will keep me interested. 

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A great list, some things I hadn't thought about as a new observer.
Another thing I have noticed is how difficult it is to see some colours under a red LED headlight (star charts, books, planispheres ...) so I've taken to trying them out in advance in the downstairs loo - and then making substitutions or adjustments as necessary. For example I have three planispheres and I found they vary quite a bit in their visibility under red.

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A fantastic resource. Thank you. The seat/chair is my essential accessory. I just need to get around to making one of the Denver variants.

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On 26/01/2021 at 16:24, Spile said:

A fantastic resource. Thank you. The seat/chair is my essential accessory. I just need to get around to making one of the Denver variants.

I bought a ironing chair works a treat.

 

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