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Casual / Backyard Observing with SkyTools 3

Beginning and seasoned backyard observers alike will appreciate how SkyTools can save time.  Quickly and easily find out what you need to know for your next observing session.  When will the moon set tonight?  Which planets can I see before bedtime?  Can I see Jupiter's Red spot?  Are there any satellite shadows crossing the planet?  Which Messier objects are good on Friday night?  What can I show visitors at my  club's monthly star party?

Why spend hours answering these questions?  With SkyTools planning an evening of observing only takes a few minutes.

  • Find out what you what you can see in your telescope from your location -- objects are rated by visibility, such as obvious, or challenging.  Double stars are rated by how difficult they are to split.  Learn more...

  • The Events Calendar alerts you to sky events -- find out when a moon shadow will transit Jupiter, when to look for the Great Red Spot, when Venus is close to the Moon, the date of the next meteor shower, etc.  Learn more...

  • The Nightly Observing List Generator suggests objects to observe -- quickly create a plan for an evening with the kids, or an upcoming club event.  Learn more...

  • Unique Star Hopping Charts make finding objects simple -- the SkyTools 3-view star hopping charts take the "hop" out of star hopping.  These charts can be created quickly with little fuss and have been tested on kids and absolute beginners with great success.  Learn more...

  • Control your Telescope in Real Time -- SkyTools can directly control/point many telescopes, turning your observing list into a tour of the sky.  Requires Pro Edition or Real Time add-on.  Learn more...

  • Interactive Atlas -- explore the sky in all its depths.  This tool alone contains much of the utility of many other programs.  Learn more...

  • Become part of the SkyTools community -- download observing lists, log entries, object notes, web links, and images contributed by other SkyTools users.  Share your own information.  Learn more...