Observing Form


For hundreds of years astronomers have combined observing with sketching what they see. The discipline is well worth developing, as it encourages you to spend more time with an individual object, be it the Moon, a planet, or a deep sky object such as a galaxy or nebula. By taking the time to draw the object, and perhaps by changing eyepieces to allow for sketches of the object both up close and in the context of its portion of the sky, you will come to a deeper understanding of whatever you have chosen for the night’s viewing. Please feel free to download SoVerA’s observing form and use it for all of your observing. And when the weather keeps you inside, you can go to The Deep Sky Archive and compare your work with that of many of your peers.

SoVerA Observing Form