Skyhound is a maker of
astronomy software. We are located in the village of
Cloudcroft, at an elevation of 9000 ft in the dark skies of
the Sacramento mountains of central New Mexico.
Skyhound is owned and operated by Greg Crinklaw. Greg
is an accomplished programmer, is trained as a professional
astronomer, and is a life-long observer.
was around at the beginning of personal astronomy software.
In 1991 he developed PC-Sky in his spare time while a graduate student.
PC-Sky was the first realistic sky simulator. Years later he
started thinking about astronomy software for
observing. Most software came in three basic forms:
the old time star charting programs, planetarium software
originally designed for education, and various small utility
programs. Observers often pick and choose between
these programs and often use more than one at a time.
Perhaps it was time for one program designed just for
observing. Greg began to rethink astronomy software from the point of
view of observational astronomy. His dream was to
create a software product that would bring all of the tools
an observer needs together. Not only would they be
part of the same program but they would work seamlessly
together as well, creating an efficient and powerful observing system.
Sure, it could be fun and pretty, but most of all it had to
be useful. This is how SkyTools was born.
In a world full of
planetarium and star charting programs, observing planners,
and calculators, SkyTools is the first comprehensive
software created from the ground up entirely for the purpose
We also host Greg's Observing
at Skyhound, a resource for observers, including the
extremely popular Comet
New Mexico 88317 USA