In astronomy, a little bit of planning goes a long way!
When you look outside and see that it’s going to be a great night, it’s useful to have a plan to help you to make the most of it.
Knowing the current phase and rise/set times of the Moon will tell you how dark it’s likely to get.
Even having a plan for packing up your gear will ensure that you have everything you need with you.
Don’t forget simple tools, like pen and paper, to help you jot down your plan and record your results. Keep these to form part of your Observing Diary.
Now that you know what you are going to observe, we now need to know where you will observe from.