Enjoy Your Amateur Astronomy More…Find a Purpose!

Do you want to enjoy your observing more?   Are you beginning to get a bit bored, maybe losing interest?  The following thoughts just might help bring back that enthusiasm and excitement that you once had.

I have found it difficult to go out, observe some of the brighter Messier Objects, and then find myself back in the house within an hour or so.  No sketches, not even a note!  This type of observing can and will burn you out pretty fast.  The solution:  Find a purpose!  Take some detailed notes, attempt a sketch,  and compare what you have seen with photographs or reference books.  If you’re into astrophotography, look at the object and all of the fine details…not the image.     

It’s almost impossible to discuss an object with others, without a note, a sketch or an image.   It’s very rewarding for me to have a handful of detailed notes, a sketch or two, and the deep-sky objects of that night will be with me forever.   

I have always found it good to have a list, or a goal.  Do you have your Astronomical League Messier Certificate?  What about the double or red star list?  The Astronomical League has too many award programs to just wonder around the night sky without a purpose.  

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