Planning to Observe
Over the next few pages you will learn about the challenges of observing, some useful techniques, using tools to help you and find out how galaxies and stars are named.
- Visibility & Light Pollution
- Viewing Techniques
- Charts, Planispheres, Apps & Software
- Messier / NGC
Get ready to observe
Remember it gets cold at night - even in the summer. It is important you wrap up warm. Remember to record observations using paper (it's easier to use a clipboard) and pencil. You might need to make corrections so bring a rubber with you!
Lastly you should bring a torch with a red light. A normal white beam torch will make it difficult for your eyes to readapt to the dark but a red torch makes it easier for you and others to do this.
Remember to stay safe when observing and go with a trusted adult outside your home. Accidents can happen in the dark as well as the light so watch your step!