The count is a simple event, you observe Cygnus (the Northern Cross) in the north or Sagittarius (the Archer) (also known as the "Teapot" asterism) in the south and match the number and patterns you see to a set of magnitude charts provided on the site.
- Get your activity guide (available in several languages) and magnitude charts (and take the online quiz).
- Pick your site.
- Make sure you let the your eyes adapt to the dark for 20 to 30 minutes before observing. A flashlight free hike is a great start.
- Record the latitude and longitude using a GPS device, Google Maps, or a topographic map.
- Record your results along with the date and time.
- Report your results online as before November 7th.
- A planisphere or star finder. For a free download, read Build your own Planisphere (Star Finder)!
- A red flashlight to preserve your night vision.
- Weather appropriate clothing.
- Hot chocolate for afterwards.