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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 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 Uranus

Not many people can say that they have spotted Uranus with their unaided eye, and this November may be your best chance. In addition, we offer tips for observing the moons.


Observing the Crescent Nebula

The Crescent nebula appears in one of the most beautiful star fields of the summer Milky Way. It can be observed in 6-inch (25 cm) and larger telescopes, if you know the tricks, and it is a true showpiece in larger instruments.



Observing the Fraternal Twins

The globulars clusters M53 and NGC 5053 are separated by less than a degree in the sky. They provide a wonderful study in contrasts, for it is difficult to imagine two more different clusters.


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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