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Serious Observing with SkyTools 3

The SkyTools 3 Pro Edition is designed for the serious observer, whether it be via a computer controlled SCT, from beside a big Dob, or in the control room of a permanent observatory.  Plan ahead for your next observing session or the next national star party.  Or target your telescope in real time directly from your observing list. 

  • Plan your observations with the best tools available -- the SkyTools Nightly Planner is powerful and efficient.  Learn more...

  • The SkyTools databases are second to none -- the best data is drawn from multiple catalogs and sources, and is highly corrected. 

  • Make the most of imaging with the image session planning tools -- these tools display the imaging quality as a function of time graphically, suggest optimum sub-exposure times for image stacking, estimate the final signal-to-noise ratio, compute the number of stacked images required to obtain the desired signal-to-noise, and more.  Learn more...

  • Unique 522-million star database -- the largest, deepest, fully integrated stellar database anywhere. SkyTools 3 Pro includes extended star data with stars to 20th magnitude over the entire sky.  Each star is fully integrated with the best data available for position, proper motion, magnitude, and the data from variable and double star catalogs; even the faintest pairs split component stars.  

 The dark nebula known as the snake comes to life in SkyTools 3 Pro.

  • Interactive Atlas -- fully featured and highly customizable.  This tool alone contains much of the utility of many other programs.  Learn more...

  • Use the Database Power Search tool to mine the extensive SkyTools databases -- find deep sky objects of specific types, or from specific catalogs.  Verify that there are no known asteroids or comets near a position.  Find distant the most distant quasars to target.  Learn more...

  • Find objects efficiently with SkyTools Star Hopping charts  -- the SkyTools 3-view star hopping charts take the "hop" out of star hopping.  These charts can be created quickly with little interaction and can get you there without wasting time searching about.  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.  Position your telescope by simply dragging the eyepiece/camera FOV to the location; the Context Viewer provides a simulation of the field for verification and refinement.   Learn more...

  • Download DSS, SDSS, IR, H-alpha, and 2MASS images for display in any chart background -- locate very faint or uncataloged objects at the eyepiece or preview your current camera field.  Automatically download images for your entire observing list.

  • Download every known asteroid or comet from directly within the program -- be certain that your new find isn't already known.

  • 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...