In the course of having a discussion with Nick about sketching, I found my first observing notebook, page 1 of which is reproduced below.
I thought it might be of some interest!
The telescope, if I remember correctly (it was 54 years ago!) was a brass ‘scope of my father’s which I had “adapted”.
The notebook stops in late 1964, when I discovered other things that 17 year-old boys of that time could do in the evenings!
There is then a big gap until 1997 when interest revived!
Anyone got anything earlier?