2010 Astronomy Technology Today (by David Snay)
can be a valuable addition to your toolbox. It's
interface is well designed and cleanly implemented -- I
abused it in as many ways as I could imagine and I never
encountered a single glitch."
a retired software engineer with patents for my own
software, I very much appreciate the effort Greg put
into the clean and smooth interface."
"If you're tired of spending
hours searching for objects to observe and would rather
spend a few minutes planning your next session knowing
that you're likely to succeed, then SkyTools could be
the tool you need."
April 2010 Sky & Telescope
"This software is a powerful program for observers and
I have little doubt that I could erase every other astronomy program from my
hard drive and get along fine with just SkyTools 3."
"SkyTools 3 includes an elegant, easy-to-use logging system that has space for extensive
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feature in which it surpasses any other application is
the way that Sky Tools 3 Pro helps unravel the
particulars of binary/multiple star systems. It is
nothing short of astounding in this respect. For any
system you can think of, it reports both textually and
graphically the colors, magnitudes, separation and
position angles of each known component. The number of
components in familiar systems is surprising in itself.
It has greatly increased my understanding of this aspect
of astronomy and I can't imagine making such progress
without it. This is but one aspect where it serves to
increase one's confidence by being there as a robust
source of information to back up the hobbyists
explorations. I could go on and on... but I can't omit
the ease with which it updates the current status of
comets, asteroids and supernovae - a couple of mouse
clicks and it's done. Greg has been great about keeping
lists of those items updated and accurate. With this
bundle of tools in your pocket, you become the star of
your observing group because you tend to know where in
the sky every thing is.
The more I use it, the greater is my respect for the
genius woven throughout this product.
|SkyTools 3 is one of the finest
and most useful tools for any observer's computer. Unlike
many programs that promise immediate wonders, SkyTools will
reward a modest investment of time with increasingly detailed
insight into what you can see from your observing site ---
whether it's in a Dark Sky Preserve or your own backyard.
|SkyTools 3.0 really addresses the
challenge of creating a list for the evening. Even if you are
going after the venerable Messier objects (sure pleasers),
SkyTools provides an optimal schedule for viewing, and
indication of difficulty, and even a recommendation for best
eyepiece to use out of your collection.
have owned a lot of astronomy related software in the
past and without a doubt, Sky Tools has proven to be the
|If I should have
ONLY ONE astrosoft in my PC, it would be SkyTools. It is the
best soft, and most complete I ever seen..
used your Exposure Calculator
to determine the proper exposure settings needed to capture it.
The image came out far better than if I used my stock exposure settings of
4xLRGB @ 600s.
observation of this supernova would never have been
possible w/o finder charts created by SkyTools3 whose
printable observing charts seem to be infinitely
customizable. I have to say that my admiration for the
creators of the SkyTools 3 app grows by the day. The
amount of thought that went into the creation of this
software is just plain awesome. It can show more stars
and fainter stars than I can see with my 10 inch
telescope. The databases of current objects like
asteroids, comets and supernovae update with a couple of
took a short time to learn how to operate this program. It
is different completely from the other two I have installed on
my PC but in a good way. The format you use is so much
easier than the others. All the info I need or want is presented
simply and completely. And features like setting up for
the equipment I have is a snap!
|A wonderful program and well
worth the time for the update.
like SkyTools. It deals with information and operation
while the others I have looked at seem more graphics oriented
and are a little short on operation. I also like the way
one can communicate with you and also the way you upgrade so
calculator is a dream come true and looks to calculate
recommendations very well.
|The SkyTools 3 (ST3)
databases are undoubtedly the most advanced of any amateur
software, and way past those of (another product), a program that has not
been updated for many years now.
have a few too many different astro software... I like
SkyTools3 Pro the most as the interface is very
intuitive, the star charts are simply the best looking
and the observing list generator is the best out there.
am four hours into my first observing session aided by
SkyTools. I love it! It is light-years beyond any other
observing planner, charter, and logging software out
This is software programmed and refined by someone who
clearly uses it!
planning tools are great, the realtime tools are as well, it's
charting is excellent and the logging is perfect for me.