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#1 RobMacKillop

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 11:22 AM

I just started sky watching a few mights ago, and filled with enthusiasm have been jotting down in a jotter a few comments: what I mainly concentrated on, and some snippets of info from subsequent research online. 

 

It struck me that I am definitely not the first to do this, and there are undoubtedly better ways of recording what you do. 

 

Any suggestions/advice? It's just a personal record, not of benefit or interest to anyone else, but I would like it to be searchable by myself in the future. Is there are generally-accepted way of doing this?

 

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#2 Mizzmi27

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:05 PM

I'm still new to the hobby but I had this same question soon after I started. Ultimately the answer is "there are lots of answers and whatever works best for you".

 

I ultimately found I didn't like physically taking notes while observing so what works for me is recording while I just talk about what I'm thinking/seeing as I observe. Then I try (keyword, it doesn't always happen) to listen to the recording in the next day or two during the day and add notes of interest to a Google Doc I have started to store general notes, areas of interest I haven't explored, notes on specific objects/stars I've viewed, etc.

 

It's also nice that the app I use for recording transcribes what I say so I also have the option of reading my notes (granted, it sometimes does a very poor job especially since some astronomical names are very unique and hard for the app to understand).


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#3 RobMacKillop

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 01:03 PM

I never thought of recording my voice. Hmm. Not sure my inane ramblings would be of use to me later.

I’ve just found this: https://binocularsky.com/BinObsLog.pdf which might be useful.

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 07:23 PM

I use a voice recorder when I'm observing.  The next day I'll transcribe and edit my notes.


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:04 AM

A common question for those just starting out. I went through several methods, up to creating my own observing log using Microsoft Access. I finally settled on using the logging features in SkySafari. I was already using it every session for my sky map, and it was a simple one time process to enter my equipment ('scope, eyepieces, finder, etc.) for selection in the logging process. The log feature allows you to enter sky conditions and has a notes field for entering any text you desire. Quite useful it is.

 

I recommend SkySafari regardless of the logging feature, you would not regret it.

 

Keep looking up!

 

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 02:32 PM

I use SkySafari Pro 6 and found it very intuitive and useful.
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Posted 23 September 2021 - 04:35 PM

I take notes and do crude sketches on a half sized spiral bound sketch pad.  I use a pen that has a red light built into the barrel. 

 

I log my observing sessions in this discussion.

https://www.cloudyni...4#entry11367525

 

Then I copy the posts to a Word document so I can search them if I wish.


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 06:16 PM

I use a voice recorder when I'm observing.  The next day I'll transcribe and edit my notes.

I mostly use a voice recorder.  I have an Olympic hand held voice recorder.  If there are others trying to sleep I will simply make notations in my notebook. On notable objects I will sometimes make a sketch of it.  


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 07:57 PM

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but I would like it to be searchable by myself in the future. Is there are generally-accepted way of doing this?
 
Rob


A simple (free) tech way of doing is to write an astro blog. You can use a public platform like blogger.com (I think you can keep the blog public or private). You can read/write it from a phone/tablet/computer. Very easy to search. You can upload files like sketches, pictures. You decide what information to put on a blog post. You can link to external or other internal blog content easily in your posts.

 

You can also run a blog on your local network at home. I run mine as a twiki on a raspberry pi.

 

With some browser search extensions you can select a DSO name that you read about here, and search for it in your blog with a click.

 

Although I have not tried it,  these days there are blog to book tools which will print out the entire blog as a pdf and you can get it printed as a book.

 

 

 


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:15 PM

I use a spiral notebook. I list the targets in the margin, leaving room for notes, on the right hand page. After my session, I drink beer and review my notes. On the left hand page I list the best of the evening and notes about temp, time of dark, who joined me, strange sounds I heard, and anything else. Then I go to bed a happy man.


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#11 RobMacKillop

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 03:58 PM

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 10:52 AM

I don't take notes, every time I go viewing, things are new and different.



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Posted 25 September 2021 - 11:58 AM

I have a couple of copies of The Pocket Sky Atlas that I use to record my star-hops and a simple notebook. I keep my notes very short and to the point. I don’t want to spend my night filling out forms. But, whatever floats your boat. :)



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Posted 25 September 2021 - 12:54 PM

I just started sky watching a few mights ago, and filled with enthusiasm have been jotting down in a jotter a few comments: what I mainly concentrated on, and some snippets of info from subsequent research online. 

 

It struck me that I am definitely not the first to do this, and there are undoubtedly better ways of recording what you do. 

 

Any suggestions/advice? It's just a personal record, not of benefit or interest to anyone else, but I would like it to be searchable by myself in the future. Is there are generally-accepted way of doing this?

 

Rob

I don't because I would never reference them again  Why would I when sky conditions are different every viewing nite  Only IMO, IME


Edited by LDW47, 25 September 2021 - 12:55 PM.



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