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#1 rugby

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:09 PM

Years ago I  passed the 300 mark observing Struve pairs. I organized them by constellation in a series of binders. All descriptions and drawings were hand rendered.

Now I have far too many pieces of paper with hastily written observations to add to the collection. Its time to use some kind of database to organize everything. I am constantly re observing pairs seen decades ago.

Can anyone describe how they keep records of observations. I am particularly interested in what program you are using and the kinds of information described.

I can produce a database if I keep it simple. Is there anything I can download to make the job easier.


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#2 jaraxx

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:40 PM

My quick try:

 

1) Geography Questions:

    Location of Observation (where you were)

    Observation date(s). Maybe a field for time? I wouldn't but....

    How good was the sky? Bortle / whatever description you wish

 

2) Gear Questions

    Instrument Used

    Magnification (Maybe two fields, one mag required to split, the other mag w/ best view?

    

3) Object ID

    Name(s) or Name 1 / 2  or "Common" name or whatever

    # Stars in system

    # Stars observed

    - Edit: Constellation

4) Notes: Whatever you wish

    And /or sketch

 

Good Luck!


Edited by jaraxx, 10 September 2019 - 06:42 PM.


#3 nightofnit

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:20 PM

This is something that I have struggled a little bit with over the years. I have thousands of observations of double stars which I keep in a simple spreadsheet, one line per observation. Each line is generally a visual impression and an estimate of separation and PA. But, now what? When I view each binary again, sometimes years later, the description is pretty much the same, which is nice, but I'm not sure what the value of this database really is. I'd be interested in what others do with their double star observation data.


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#4 Pawan

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:14 PM

I use SkyTools as a database and enter comments. It keeps track of the dates, comments, etc. It makes it very easy to find out what I have not observed so far.


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