Asked by Jon Bennett
Astro sketching is a cheap alternative to astrophotography and is relatively simple to pick up. The easiest way to start is to get yourself a pad of paper, as well as some pencils (of different gradients), before heading outside.
Of course, in order to add more detail to your sketches, you need to be able to see more detail, requiring additional hardware. A good start to any observing is a decent pair of binoculars, which are often better than equivalent telescopes. A free-standing device will free up your hands to draw, so a mount may also be a worthwhile investment. A good set of pencils is also recommended, as the varying grades will help with details in nebulas and galaxies.
Answered by Josh Barker from the National Space Centre