Why sketch at the eyepiece? Well the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" may apply here. Introducing the new Astronomical League Sketching Observing Award.
Before some of you say "but I can't sketch” understand that the Sketching Observing Award was not created for "artists". It is for everyone regardless of the level of observing experience or artistic ability. If you can put a pencil mark to paper, if you can make a smudge with your finger, you have the ability to complete this award. The main focus of the program is not to make artists out of amateur astronomers but to help slow down the observing process and improve observing skills over time.
The process of sketching can be intimidating for some that have never attempted it before but with some patience and practice you will be surprised that over time your ability to record what you observe will improve. There are tutorial links and other resources listed on the AL Sketching Observing Award webpage that are highly informative and recommended for those new to sketching astronomical objects. There are also advanced tips for more detailed sketching and for those with more experience.
We hope this award will help you gain a greater appreciation for sketching astronomical objects and enhance your skills in recording the details of your observations.