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Show us your log book(s)!

Discussion in 'Observing Celestial Objects' started by Nebula, Aug 4, 2018.

Show us your log book(s)!

Started by Nebula on Aug 4, 2018 at 1:11 PM

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  1. Nebula

    Nebula Well-Known Member

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    I decided to start this new thread about log books, on various forums they all have a show us your: frac, mak, tak, newt, eyepiece case, etc but I don't recall a show us your log book.

    So we have it here now on Astronomy Connect, to publish a few images!

    Because the log book contains the memories of a lifetime of astronomy :)

    So this my 2.5" binder with separate template sheets instead of a book. My first report is from April 2016 (but i started astronomy in 2015) and I have 111 pages of 8.5"x11 individual sheet now in 2018-08-04.

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    Thanks for watching!
     
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    That's a great 'new one' for people to ponder! Cool!

    Thanks!
     
  3. Nebula

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    Yeah, why not, perhaps this will work, these threads are usually popular.
     
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    Nice and neat. I like it! Keep up the good work. It will become "gold" with time. Here is my first log entry 12 Dec 1989. I remember when I started making log entries and wondered if this was just another astro fad for me. Man, did the years fly by! My log has improved over the years using different templates as software improved.

    I remember using a software program for my log entries. One computer crash (darn Microsoft DOS!) cured me of using an "electric" log. I didn't realize it then but there is something very special about a hard copy log. You can even watch your hand writing change over the years. You also get to remember things like the time when you had one too many beers during an "obsewrvingz" session.

    Tons of telescopes, eyepieces and telescope experiments went under that bridge. I still write in my log book. I'm up to three full size notebooks now. I also enjoy going through my log books when it's raining. Lots of great astro memories. Some bring a "warm and fuzzy" smile to my face on a cold winters day. Others remind me of some of my telescope frustrations and "optics wars." All good!
     

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    You, Nebs, are a genius! Why, you ask, do I think so? I'll stammer my list for you:

    1.) You are doing & working on projects (threads) with an agenda to create a a semi-hidden agenda (draw new members to join.).

    2.) The above reason, you are demonstrating a progressive pattern of thinking and purpose.

    3.) The above reason is demonstrative of recognition that reactionary (angered) methodology is "being your own worst enemy."

    4.) Knowledge that "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar" shows that you have the ability to think (reason) on more levels at once is a very high achievement.

    Keep 'em coming!

    Hey Mak? How's about cobbling a medal for 'Intellectualism In a World of Darkness' or such for Nebs?

    D.
     
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    My observing reports are kept in a discussion thread on Cloudy nights and in a Word document that is a copy of those posts.
    A Newbies Observation log – come join me – Cloudy Nights
    http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/505764-a-newbies-early-observation-log-join-me/

    I don't shoot photos and my sketches are only there to support the writing of my observing reports. They are not worth much.

    I do the notes on a blank page sketching spiral. I will keep it but the observing reports are electronic.
     
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  7. Nebula

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    Thanks for your participation in this thread Aeajr :) I'll go have a look at your thread on CN.

    I have one here myself, the Nebula's Astronomy Den but it's a copy of my paper log. I do things the other way around a bit.
     
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    I just started a thread like this I the General Astronomy section. Sorry but I did not know about this thread. I just discovered it. We both use binders but internally yours and mine are very different.
     
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    Could someone in charge here please combine our threads?
    I know that Nebula's thread will take presidence and I'm OK with that. Nebula posted his first.
     
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    I would like to know or see how you keep your Astronomy Journal or Log so that I may take useful things from it to help improve my Astronomy Journal.
    This is an outline of mine so far. I am using a D-ring binder that I have divided into these sections.
    MISSIONS
    PLANNING
    EQUATIONS
    EQUIPMENT

    My MISSION section page entry format has changed many times. This is how it currently goes.
    DATE
    TIME
    LOCATION
    LM (Limiting Magnitude)
    LUNAR DAY
    EQ
    SUBJECT(S)
    NOTES
    LESSON(S) LEARNED
    TO DO LIST

    My Astronomy Journal is one that I work from/with and not just for archiving. This is where the LESSON(S) LEARNED and TO DO LIST come into play.
    I already foresee more changes for my Astronomy Journal as time goes on.
    I will try to post a few photos of my Astronomy Journal and I hope that you will tell me about and perhaps show me yours.
     
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    Here is a photo of my current Astronomy Journal. It is a D-ring binder and I slid pictures that I drew beneath the plastic on the front and back. You could do the same with any pictures or drawings that you want.
     
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    This is the front. It is a pencil drawing I made of the shuttle and space station.
     
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    Here is the back. It is a pencil drawing I made of the shuttle reentering the atmosphere.
     
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    A note on paper quality. I already stated that mine is a working journal so it gets and will get a lot of use so paper quality is important. I try to get the highest quality notebook paper that I can that has its holes already reinforced. You have to watch out there is some paper out there where the plastic reinforcing does not encompass the complete punched out hole.
     
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    Here are a few samples of what's in my Astronomy Journal.
     
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    Hello Seer, wow that's great and complete log work you have there and beautiful sketches too. Your binder is top notch, professional grade! and these cover drawing wow.

    I think you have everything covered there, perhaps I am the one who will get inspiration from your ideas.

    It,s a good idea to write and draw to understand, keep these study sheets with you. Great way to learn of course.. now we can download the work of someone else and print it.. but that's not a genuine study...

    A to do list.. that,s one important thing...

    Thanks for sharing all you pages @Seer I'll look at them in details in a couple of minutes.
     
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    Thank you very much Nebula ;)
    My log book is constantly changing.
    I just bought a wonderful book at Ollie's the other day titled PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY by STORM DUNLOP. In chapter 5 Recording observations he starts out and goes on quite a bit about time and dates. That inspired me to try and change the way that I've been doing it.
    Don't forget the moto of the knights of the round table Adopt Adapt and Improve.
     
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    In chapter 5 Recording observations he starts out and goes on quite a bit about time and dates. That inspired me to try and change the way that I've been doing it.
    Don't forget the moto of the knights of the round table Adopt Adapt and Improve.

    hehehehe great the moto of the KOTRT :D thanks for that.

    My logging technique needs improvement,, I focus more on sketching but to be able to follow the observations, I think that's important too.

    There are so many subjects.. so many objects to look at..
     
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    The book is not too expensive, a smart expenditure.
     
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    The book was $3.99. They actually had 2 books on astronomy and they both cost the same but I could only afford one so I took my time and examined both and PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY was the one I purchased.
     

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