…continuedBasics of Meteor Observing
Finding the Sky's Limiting Magnitude
Most observers like to take a break once an hour to get up, move around, and have a cup of coffee. Note the beginning and end times of each break. If you're writing, also record how much time you spend looking down at your clipboard to record a meteor if this amounts to more than a few percent of the total. Count how many seconds your note-taking requires per meteor; you may be surprised at how much time it adds up to.
Even if you observe without a break, separate your records with a time annotation at least once an hour. A watch that beeps on the hour will help remind you. Also note the part of the sky where you spend most of the time looking.
For simple meteor observing and counting, that's about it. If you want to go to the next level check out our Advanced Meteor Observing section on this Web site.