Good morning people,
I am interested to know what peoples thoughts are on the "ergonomics" of a basic observing session set up. Some context will help to explain.
I am a complete novice, working my way through "Turn left at Orion" and last night went into my Paddock to do some simple observing with my binoculars (big ones - 20 x 80s with a very good tripod). The sky was drenched in moonlight so I began observing the moon and then started to orientate myself with my planisphere and get a sense of the way the sky was moving over time. Then I simply started identifying individual stars and looking for their relationships in constellations. I admit - this is ridiculously basic stuff but I was thrilled to be doing it. I am keen to move slowly so as to limit frustrations - a stretch of gradual successes in small steps is what I am after.
[I had initially set my self the goal of locating a few Messier objects of the "easy variety" but I think that was too ambitious for this first 2 hour session. Tonight I will try this]
The issue is that I had no organised "set up" with my equipment and often found myself fumbling around looking for my planisphere in the dark and referring to a phone app which wasn't working very well with my red torch in my mouth. The viewing time I had was frustrated by these things. Of note - I actually didn't like having my phone with me. There is something about a mobile phone that tethers you to your working life.
My question is this; does this ring a bell with others when they started out? How do you organise your observing environment? I thought a cheap fold out camping table would be useful. At times I really wanted to refer to literature on what I was viewing and missed my Sky Atlas. How about a viewing stool? Keep in mind I am just using binoculars until I purchase a scope (this month or the next - I have almost decided on which one).
Many thanks all for reading this post.
Edited by SimonIRE, 19 April 2019 - 02:37 AM.