Skyhound Announces SkyTools Imaging
New software for planning astronomical imaging
Skyhound, the developer of the leading software for
planning visual observing, has developed a new software product
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.