observers can leverage the power of SkyTools to make every
observing session a successful one. SkyTools makes what is difficult about the hobby easier: know which objects are
worth looking at in your telescope. Observe them when they are
at their best without having to know the details of airmass,
zenith distance, or astronomical seeing. Find them without
tedious star hopping.
is nothing else that comes close to the Nightly Planner, both in
terms of raw power and ease of use. It distills the most
sophisticated astronomical calculations into a remarkably simple
interface that anyone (even absolute beginners) can use. It
doesn't just organize your observations, it helps you pick
targets that are suitable for your location, telescope, and
conditions, and ensures that you will get the best possible
view. The developer of SkyTools is a highly-experienced observer
who has done all of the calculations for you, so all you need to
do to is take out the telescope. Have you spotted the pillars of
creation, or the jet in M87 yet?
Event Finder heralds upcoming meteor showers, eclipses,
transits, appulses, Jupiter satellite events, GRS transits, and
informs you when a faint planetary satellite is far enough away
from the planet to spot.
to current comets, novae/supernovae, and interesting minor
planets, automatically keep you updated with the best and most
current data available. No other software provides vetted comet
data that includes the latest magnitudes and coma diameters. No
other software puts this information to work to accurately
predict whether you can see a comet in your telescope and with
observing conditions. Imagine being able to see a supernova on
any given night, or spot a fast-moving asteroid as it passes the
SkyTools finder charts are customized for your
telescope/binoculars. Each view shows only the stars that you will
see in the eyepiece. These charts replace traditional star
hopping, and are simple and fast to use, whether on a
laptop/tablet or on paper.
you add the the Real Time Observing package, you can control
a telescope from an observing list, by typing in any designation,
or from the atlas. The pop-up Eyepiece Viewer shows what is in the
eyepiece, and you can even drag it from target to target. It can
even take you on a SkyTour.