As I mentioned a few days ago, I am getting ready for a trip to the telescope this weekend. I'm driving west of Tucson to Kitt Peak National Observatory. So what have my preparations been?
I've been collecting a list of the stars and other objects I'm going to be looking at. I need to double-check the position of each object so that the telescope points at the right object. I also have made finding charts for each object. That way, when the telescope shows a field full of stars, I can make sure it is the right field of stars.
So, tomorrow at noon I'll gather up my charts and lists, my laptop and some snacks. I'll make sure the pet sitter is coming to feed my critters, and I'll head up the mountain. I hope to publish some pictures so you can get an idea of modern-day professional astronomy. We don't sit with a sketchbook at the eyepiece anymore!