Observatories and Remote Observing
The SkyTools Real Time
tool is designed specifically for use during your observing
sessions, whether it be from a control room in the dome or from
3000 miles away. The telescope
can be targeted directly from
your observing list. The Interactive Atlas and Context
Viewer display where you are currently pointed and make it
easy to identify the field.
the NightBar to track the darkness of the sky and the altitude
of your current target throughout the night (the yellow vertical
line below is the current time at the location of the
telescope). No other tool can give you the
"feel" of the night and current position of the
telescope like SkyTools can.
Information at the Telescope
objects best observed at that moment are displayed at the top of
the Real Time observing list and prioritized by whether or not they are rising or
setting, how far they are away from the current telescope
position, by their status (observed or not yet observed) and
the priority you have given them.
The date and time used for
all functions are obtained directly from your computer clock.
When you open
a chart, start a log entry, or view object information, the time
is always assumed to be current.
See also: Serious
Observing with SkyTools 3
Real Time tool is included with the Professional Edition.
For the Standard Edition it is a separately purchased add-on.