Essential Accessories

This is my essential list of accessories when observing. The aim is to maximise comfort with the minimum amount of carrying. I am assuming that you already have a copy of “Turn Left at Orion”

Collimation cap and Cheshire eyepiece/sight tube combination tool

Eyepatch – worn half an hour before observing to ensure my eyes are acclimatised to the dark

Denver chair – essential because many dim objects like galaxies need to be observed for many minutes

Suitable clothing – Hat, gloves, warm socks, boots (and warmer), fleece and coat

A large box to hold and keep dry…

A bag for eyepieces, caps, Barlow and 2” extender

Baader Optical Wonder fluid and cloth, Jumbo Silicone Hurricane Blower for cleaning eyepieces. Apply a small amount of fluid to the cloth and wipe across the eyepiece.

Red head torch

Clipboard and pencil with loose A5 paper for sketching and reading glasses

Plastic folder containing list of targets

Smartphone and tablet

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