Keeping a record is a great way to learn and to help you improve. Before going out, you could write down a few questions for yourself to help with your note-taking. Questions such as; ‘what is the shape of the nebula?’, ‘is there any colour?’ ‘what magnification power is used?; etc. You can either write and sketch down your observation or you can use a voice recorder. Remember to be as detailed as possible.
Use pen and paper or traditional voice recorder , Not ipad, tablets or smartphones. Why? Because the light from these gadgets cause light pollution and it will ruin your night vision. If you wreck your night vision, it’ll take you sometime to recover and be able to see in the dark.
Consider observing in a group, meet other observers through Astronomical Societies! It’ll be more fun and you can swap notes at the end.
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