Amateur Astronomer's Checklist Part 1 (Visual Observing) A comprehensive list of critical equipment for visual observers to bring on an observing run. It's one thing to forget your bag of eyepieces or your hand controller in the basement when you've set up your telescope in your backyard. It's another to forget your bag of eyepieces or your hand controller when you've driven a hundred miles to a dark sky site on a pristine night of perfectly clear sky. If that happens, your evening is over before it begins, and your eager anticipation of a night of pleasant stargazing is replaced first by astonishment, then anger, then frustration, and finally, resignation. There'll be no stargazing for you tonight. Click here to read the the full article.