Get yourself a carboy cap (assuming you are using a carboy). Read Walker-San's thread here... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=2910
These things are awesome, they make starting a siphon a complete non-issue. I'm also going to purchase an in-line filter soon to minimize the chance (slim) of contamination. Very, very easy to use as long as you are either racking from or into a carboy (which if you are using a carboy as a secondary fermenter, you always will be).
My first batch came up a little short volume-wise from what I expected, I think because I ended up leaving more behind when racking than I should have. Techniques improve over time.