Not sure if this is the right subforum to post this, so apologies if it isn't...
Yesterday I borrowed a DD Optics Pirschler 10x56 from a kind stranger in the area, and lucky for me it was right about the moment that a partial eclipse of the Moon was happening. I went home and from the small balcony of my flat I started looking at it - really nice. By the way, according to lightpollutionmap.info, I am in Bortle 8-9 zone. Below is a picture with my phone through the binos, all handheld, just to show how small the eclipse was. In the next 20 min I jumped back and forth between Jupyter with its three moons showing very nicely, and our own partially eclipsed Moon. While watching the Moon i noticed an effect showing its upper border yellow, and its bottom border purple. What happened there and does it say something about the binos? After that I decided to just roam the sky randomly, and you can imagine my astonishment when by chance I stumbled upon a group of seven very bright stars which I hadn't noticed on the sky before - the Pleaides. I was like "what the heck is this" and lowered my binos to see what was I seeing, couldn't see anything. After repeating a few times I noticed by naked eye the tiny group of start, hardly visible, and this was when I understood the power of (these) binos. After that I noticed what I later checked on Stellarium to be Aldebaran. It was distinct from the rest of the surrounding stars with its red-yellow colour. On the app I saw that Uranus should be between the Pleaides and Jupyter, so I went on a search. Now for this I'm not sure, but I think I identified Tau1 and Tau2 Arietis, Zeta Arietis, Botein, and 65 Arietis, in relation to which I think I identified Uranus - not sure, however, if that was it.
And that was the end of my first journey. Regarding the binos, I don't think I'm going to be enjoying the magnification of 10 as much due to the shaking, even though the binos do provide good pictures. I think I'd be more content with a magnification 8, but I haven't tried one yet. Regarding the usage of the app, I'm aware that it's not ideal in dark conditions due to reducing the pupils, but here I was in bright conditions and also for the first time I think it's easier to identify targets. I'm planning on utilizing starmaps when I'll be going out to the wild, but I'll have to wait and see how that goes.
I've read somewhere that it's good to keep a logbook and take notes while observing. If you are one that does, what kind of data do you write there? Do you ever go back to those notes/logs? Do you write freely in a notebook anything you notice, or use something like a form and just fill the required data?