Observing Basics: What’s in Your Observing Kit?

In this episode, Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich discusses how to keep organized everything you need for a night of stargazing, including tools and parts for quick equipment fixes.
By | Published: July 30, 2013

Basic Observing Kit Checklist

  • Batteries
  • Tape
  • Multi-tool
  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Extra hardware
  • Red flashlights
  • Eyepiece filters


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