Skyhound Announces SkyTools Imaging  

September 3, 2018

New software for planning astronomical imaging

Skyhound, the developer of the leading software for planning visual observing, has developed a new software product for Imaging.

SkyTools Imaging is the result of a four-year development effort. It supports the full range of imaging, from a DSLR on a tripod, to direct integration with fully automated professional-level observatory systems, such as ACP.

The value of SkyTools Imaging is that it replaces guesswork with accurate calculations. It can accurately estimate the signal to noise ratio under any conditions, allowing for much higher quality planning. Currently, imagers use experience, rules of thumb and generalizations to decide what to image, when to image, how long to expose in total, and what sub exposure times to use. In the end it is all guesswork. An enormous amount of observing time is wasted on targets that are beyond the capabilities of the imaging system, or wasted by imaging the same objects that have already been imaged a million times. When it comes down to it, imagers have no real way to know how long they need to expose to reach the result that they want, and they basically guess at the conditions needed to obtain the best results for a given filter.  

SkyTools Imaging connects a new and highly accurate imaging model to the most highly-corrected and complete astronomical databases available, via an innovative user interface. It can be used to pick suitable target objects, predict how many exposures will be required to obtain the desired result, keep track of each projectís progress, and guide observations so that SNR is always maximized.

SkyTools Imaging is software for Windows.