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    Thumbs up make a photo log book for discoveries



    When you get excited about out space discovery
    You want to take a photo of it for keepsakes.
    Either by paper or on computer it be worth it.
    Because no matter what you found it be gone until next time
    Saturn will soon be out of sight until next year take a photo of it or videos
    Do it. Do it for memories.... Date it and year and compare it from next years photos.
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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    Sketching is a great way to keep a record/log of what you have seen.
    Quite often you can do the sketch and make notes on the observation/s right next to or below your sketch.

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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    I have thought about that right after I started this. Since my drawing skills are terrible I have wondered about the electronic means. (Something that is not so in depth as AP). Maybe when the budget allows I will think about dabbling into video astronomy.

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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Sketching is a great way to keep a record/log of what you have seen.
    Quite often you can do the sketch and make notes on the observation/s right next to or below your sketch.
    I totally agree on the sketching part. AP is great fun and one can pick up detail that maybe one cannot see with the naked eye and anyone with the right equipment can do AP Its not really you making the image, its the equipment. Sketching is making a representation of what one sees and is also a personal record. If I were to make records of what I see then sketching is the way I would go about achieving it. One could integrate some AP to highlight things, but, for me, the sketch would be the most important part.
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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    I actually did a little investigation on "simple, fast AP" for the same reason as the OP. I've decided to stick to my sketching instead. Sketching forces you to slow down and really look at the object you have in your EP's FoV. You have to see all the details before you can put it to paper.

    And there is nothing wrong with your level of drawing skills. I have zero drawing skills, I just try to put dots and shading where necessary. It is for you only. I scan my sketches in after the fact (sometimes a week later), crop the photo, and then invert it to get a dark background and white foreground, you'd be amazed after doing that how realistic it looks.
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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    I assume someone makes sketch pads for astronomy with circles and blanks to fill in for object name, time/date, eyepiece, etc... But I haven't been able to find them on Amazon. Does anyone have a link? Or do you just use a normal blank sketch pad and draw a circle with a compass or whatever?
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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    I made this logsheet several years ago, which includes a small area to sketch in. http://astro.tomandjul.com/logsheet.pdf I don't personally do sketching, but thought it might be useful for others.

    For me, I use a digital voice recorder at the eyepiece and try to describe what I see. Later, when I'm transcribing my notes into my online blog, I will find DSS (Digital Sky Survey) pictures online that correspond roughly to what I saw in the eyepiece and use those to help others visualize what I saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dboeren View Post
    I assume someone makes sketch pads for astronomy with circles and blanks to fill in for object name, time/date, eyepiece, etc... But I haven't been able to find them on Amazon. Does anyone have a link? Or do you just use a normal blank sketch pad and draw a circle with a compass or whatever?
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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    By nature I am a cartooning type of cartoonist and I can sketch drawings, but the best of
    both worlds use photos and sketchings.
    Saturn would kind of look like a flying saucer.

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    Default Re: make a photo log book for discoveries

    Quote Originally Posted by dboeren View Post
    I assume someone makes sketch pads for astronomy with circles and blanks to fill in for object name, time/date, eyepiece, etc... But I haven't been able to find them on Amazon. Does anyone have a link? Or do you just use a normal blank sketch pad and draw a circle with a compass or whatever?
    Take a look at this...
    Good Messier history, facts and sketch book all in one.

    http://https://www.amazon.com/Listen...n+to+the+stars
    John...... Listentothestars.net

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