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    Was not sure whether this post belonged here or in the general folder, but figured there are more people looking for answers here...

    Right now, as a complete amateur and un-aspiring-to-be-anything-more astronomer/stargazer, I have been keeping journal entries on my stargazing using One Note. I simply date the entry, and list objects observed, experiences, etc. and illustrate with screen clips of Starry Night and Stellarium where possible--all after the fact.

    I'd like to hear how others keep track of their observations and experiences while stargazing. Anybody have any ideas how to improve on my routine? Have a better idea entirely?

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    If you are the type to share, you could document your observing in a blog. I personally use an MS Word document and it functions as a journal for much more than star gazing.
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    Yes, many amateur astronomers keep log books on their observations.

    Myself, all I do is "check mark" the objects I have observed in the small field manual "Objects in the Heavens".

    Just a check mark---

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    cmh--I have occasionally put up my observing log and screen clippings on my blog--I worry that those who have no interest in astronomy will be bored by it, though! lol.

    Joe--I just put that field guide on my Amazon wishlist. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lalumia View Post
    Yes, many amateur astronomers keep log books on their observations.

    Myself, all I do is "check mark" the objects I have observed in the small field manual "Objects in the Heavens".

    Just a check mark---

    Clear skies to you!

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    SkyTools is excellent too; it's a general session planning tool that allows you to keep logs. It's not free but I think it's worth every penny.

    Keeping a journal/log is an excellent idea for amateur astronomers. Not only does it help you to keep track of what you've seen, but it's also a great way to see how your skills and knowledge of the skies have developed.
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    Thank you-- Objects in the Heavens by Peter Birren is (in my opinion) one of the best field guides out there. It is small, fits in your eyepiece case, spiral bound, so it lays flat on your observing table, and printed in black and white so you can red it with your red flash light.

    It is setup by Constellation with descriptions of the brighter objects-- and the REAL bright ones are printed in bold type.

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    A lot of us keep records. I change my records depending upon what I am observing. Right now I am simply observing constellations. I keep my logs on a powerpoint program. I keep 3 slides per constellation. Slide one has field notes and experiences while observing. Slide two has the particulars of the night (i.e. date/time/transparency/etc.) and a sketch of the constellation. Slide three has a photograph of the constellation.
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    Take a look in the "Reports" forum on this site - some of us have standards that we use each time (not always the same as each other though!)

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    Being new myself I plan to use a cheap digital voice recorder for info imput, I can talk a description better than write it down, at least in the field.. Once I am home with the proper lighting I will transpose the audio to paper, for a more permanent record

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