1.x to SkyTools 2 Import Utility. This utility
program imports your observing locations, optical
instruments, observing lists and logs from SkyTools 1.x for
use with SkyTools 2.
2 Observing lists and User Data. Observing
lists and other data can be downloaded directly from
SkyTools 2 via the Import tab of the Data Manager.
This page is for those who need to download the files and
deliver them to a computer that is not connected to the
elements for comets and minor planets in SkyTools
format from CBAT and the IAU Minor Planet Center. Save the
file(s) to your hard drive and use the SkyTools Supplemental
Database Editor Import function to read the
data. Note that the comet data at this site supplies
default values for the comet coma diameters rather than
actual values. See the link below for comet orbital elements
with current coma diameters and updated magnitude
parameters, or simply download the current comet observing
elements for all known minor planets from Edward
Bowell at Lowell Observatory. This is a very large
file! Save the astorb.dat file to your hard
drive and use the SkyTools Supplemental Database Editor Import
function to read the data. Select E. Bowell's
astrod.dat as the file format.
Note: the comet
magnitudes computed via the orbital elements circulated by CBAT
are often grossly in error. For this reason it is often
important to check the current observed magnitude rather than
that predicted. See the Recent
Comet Brightness Estimates page for the most recent
observations. For the most up-to-date comet data download our current
comets observing list.