Observing Forms and Templates

Belt of Venus Observation Record Sheets

Note: although the sample images of filled-out record sheets below have my name printed on some of them, my name is not printed at the top of the pdf files.


General Astronomy/DSO Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for DSO Record sample)

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Astro Record Sheet
Astro Record Sheet - Left handed version

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Astro Record Sheet
Astro Record Sheet - Left handed version


Lunar Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Lunar Record sample)

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Lunar Record Sheet
Lunar Record Sheet - Left handed version

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Lunar Record Sheet
Lunar Record Sheet - Left handed version


Solar Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Solar Record sample)

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Solar Record Sheet

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Solar Record Sheet


Double Star Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Double Star Record sample)

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Double Star Record Sheet
Double Star Record Sheet - Left handed version

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Double Star Record Sheet
Double Star Record Sheet - Left handed version


Naked Eye Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Naked Eye Record sample)

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Naked Eye Record Sheet
Naked Eye Record Sheet - Left handed version

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Naked Eye Record Sheet
Naked Eye Record Sheet - Left handed version


Condensed Observation Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Condensed Observation Record sample)

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Condensed Observation Record Sheet
Condensed Observation Record Sheet - Left handed version

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Condensed Observation Record Sheet
Condensed Observation Record Sheet - Left handed version


Binocular Messier Record Sheet



(Click thumbnail above for Observation Record sample)

(Although the sample image is titled "Astronomical League Binocular Messier Club", the downloadable PDFs are simply titled "Binocular Messier Record Sheet".)

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Binocular Messier Record Sheet

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Binocular Messier Record Sheet


Jupiter Observing Templates

Observing Form:

Sketch Templates:
The following graphics can be added to your own observing form, or printed by themselves. The TIF files will import and print most reliably at the correct scale. If you need to use the JPG images instead, be aware that they may import or print at an exaggerated size: if so, you may need to scale them down quite a bit.

There are 4 versions of each template image:

  • Black background plain: TIF | JPG
  • Black background with guides: TIF | JPG
  • White background plain: TIF | JPG
  • White background with guides: TIF | JPG
Note that the guides are intended to help with placement of belt features. The bolder lines should help with basic placement of the equatorial belts. The finer lines do not denote precise placement of other features and are simply to help guide your ruler or straight edge. Of course, you should adjust the position of any features based on what you observe and not assume that the guides will consistently match the state of Jupiter's dynamic atmosphere.

Sol Robbins Jupiter Template

This template contains light shading to help with positioning of the equatorial belts.

(Click thumbnail above for full resolution JPG template)
Template provided courtesy of Sol Robbins.


Saturn Observing Templates

Provided by Sol Robbins

16 Degree Tilt

14 Degree Tilt

10 Degree Tilt

(Click thumbnails above for full resolution JPG templates)

Note: Since the aspect of Saturn's rings is constantly changing, be sure to use the template that best matches their current position.
Templates provided courtesy of Sol Robbins.


Observation Record Sheets and Sketch Templates from Across the Web

Following are several excellent observation record sheets from other amateur astronomers that I hope you find useful.

IceInSpace Observing Log
By Mike Salway
(Click the "Observing_Log_Template.pdf" link once you reach the site linked above.)

Saguaro Astronomy Club Observation Sheets
Three observation form templates are available at the top of the SAC Downloads page.

AAAA Observation Log and Sketch Templates
Observing Forms from the American Association of Amateur Astronomers

AstronomyLogs.com
Extremely diverse collection of free observing forms. Some with sketch areas, some without. The site also features observing program log booklets in PDF and Word format as well as a great set of reference sheets that cover information from Trumpler classification to the Pickering scale, to a Hertzsprung Russell Diagram and more. Be sure to browse every page at this site!

Logbooks for AL Observing Clubs
Printable observing forms for several Astronomical League observing clubs.

Lunar Observing Forms
Open view and eyepiece view forms by Erika Rix.

NEW JAN 25, 2010 - Deep Sky Observing Form by Jay
Astronomical observing form in PDF and editable MS Word format

Saturn Templates by Chris Lord
Collection of PDF Saturn diagrams from 1 - 28 degrees in 1-degree increments.

Sketch Template by Winston
Template is designed with space for 15 sketches per sheet.

Lexikon der Astronomie - Schablonen für Planten und Sternatlanten
German site by Hans-Peter Jäger. The downloads page contains excellent planetary observing forms labeled in German. See especially the Saturn form.

NEW JULY 2, 2012 - Rod Nabholz Observation Log and Sketching Forms
PDF observation/sketch templates, including a solar form.

15 Comments

Jeremy, you're a star.

Thank you for this excellent selection of drawing templates.

I now have.

Saturn, Jupiter, Sun, Condensed record sheet, and finally a general Astronomy record sheet.

Brilliant!

Now all I need is the time and a clear sky.

Thank you.

Paul, I'm glad the templates have been useful!

Nice templates! I've linked to your page from rasc-vancouver.com so our members can find them easily.

Clear skies!

These look really excellent! I'm printing some out to use tonight.

Thank you Matt and Harvey! I hope they are helpful.

Thanks for the observation forms. I've been looking for them for some time. Clear skies!

You're welcome, Naveen, I hope they're helpful.

Great logs! Thanks

Thank You So Much Jeremy Perez,

The astronomical community is truly a marvel, and you're another fine example. We'll find a way to contribute, too, thanks in no small part to people like yourself.

Thanks for the comment, John--I,'m glad the logs were helpful!

Thanks very much for the encouragement, Doug!

Been interested in astronomy for years and I must say this is the most useful site I have seen for visual observing. All the templates are excellent and the links to the other sites are just the icing on the cake. Keep up the good work!

David, thanks very much! I'm glad it's been helpful.

May i say that i have been looking for a log book site and have many but this one is without doubt the best i have come accross all the logs on this site are perfect for my needs i can choose wich log i want for the night and print out about 15 for my students .Ithink your site is well laid out easy on the eye well writen congratulations well done will use your site all the time .
Once again thank you .

Dr david j mcegan .

Dr. McEgan, I'm glad to hear the observing logs have been useful! Thanks for letting me know.

Wishing you and your students clear skies and great opportunities to get out and observe,

Jeremy

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