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SkyTools 3 is software designed from the ground up for observing.  SkyTools 3 includes a complete set of software tools for observation planning, charting, and logging.  The SkyTools 3 Professional Edition adds unique and powerful tools for imaging and an unprecedented database of stars to 20th magnitude over the entire sky.  Learn more...

SkyTools boasts of an astronomical database second to none and is the premier software for the observer.  Compare Editions...

"As a visual observer if I had to pick only one package, it would be SkyTools 3. SkyTools is an infinitely refinable and fantastic tool that no serious amateur astronomer should be without." 

-- Astronomy Magazine February 2016 

"Never has one piece of software so affected my astronomy." -- SkyTools 3 reviewed in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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Observing Cleopatra's Eye

NGC 1535 is a fine object for small telescopes, and it really shines in large aperture instruments. This is one of the best views in the sky! 



The First Interstellar Asteroid

On October 19th the Pan-STARRS survey made a remarkable discovery.  



Observing the Fetus Nebula

Offering something interesting to see in all but the smallest telescopes, this planetary nebula is a must see. If you have not seen it for yourself, now is a good time to have a look.



Observing the Close Pass of an Asteroid

On April 19/22 the asteroid 2014 JO25 passed close to the earth in an event that was widely observed. Read our report on how SkyTools users were able to quickly, easily and accurately locate the asteroid as it moved quickly across the sky.



Observing The New Fragment of Comet 73P

How the author of SkyTools used his special advantage to make a movie of the newly discovered comet fragment. 


Observing The Gemini Nebula

The trick to spotting the Gemini nebula is to use as much magnification as the conditions will permit. A chart that shows the star field as seen in the eyepiece is essential.




iTelescope facility in Australia

19 Telescopes and What to Do?

So there I was looking at a web site, faced with the sudden realization that I had access to 19 telescopes of all sizes all over the world, but I didn't know where to start!


Himalia as seen in the eyepiece

Observing Faint Outer Moons 

Jupiter's Himalia and Saturn's Phoebe are bright enough to be observed in larger telescopes, but these satellites are seldom attempted because they are so challenging to find using traditional methods and software. The unique features of SkyTools can give you the edge you need to bag these elusive objects.



SkyTools on your tablet and desktop

Use SkyTools on your Tablet, Laptop & Desktop

Our license allows you to install SkyTools on all of your computers and the Sync feature ensures that they are all on the same page.

Plan your observing at your desk, then take your tablet or laptop out to the telescope. Log your observations in the field, and then view them on your desktop.  Read more...

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