Sky Tools 2 (CN Report)
Posted 13 August 2004 - 07:39 PM
Posted 14 August 2004 - 05:07 AM
Good idea, you will love it.... If I should have only one soft left on my PC, it will be that one..
You can see my review (in french, but you you can translate it online) at http://astrosurf.com.../SkyTools 2.htm
Have a nice try...........
best greetings from Geneva Switzerland
Posted 14 August 2004 - 08:29 PM
What is required to get the discount? a group buy? How big does the group have to be?
Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:32 PM
What is required to get the discount?
To qualify, a group purchase must be made through a club by an officer and purchased at the same time (one check to CapellaSoft). The club discount program works as follows:
2-9 copies qualify for a 25% discount, making each copy $74.96 plus $10 shipping for all nine.
10-24 copies gets a 40% discount, making the unit cost $59.97, with shipping costs of $1 ped CD.
24 or more copies earns a 50% discount ($49.98 each) with shipping costs of 80¢ per disc.
We took advantage of the second offer.
Posted 21 August 2004 - 07:21 PM
Thanks again, Peter...
Posted 22 August 2004 - 02:52 PM
We had a clear night last night... and I stayed out until dawn! What I like most about using ST2 is the ability to generate dynamic observing lists in the field. The group that assembled last night included an 11" Starmaster (on it's first dark outing), an Orion XT12, and my 13.1" Dob (plus others). In a couple of clicks I generated a list of nebulae (diffuse, dark and planetary) that was visible to us and situated above 30° (2x airmass). Sweet!
Posted 23 August 2004 - 09:35 AM
Sky Tools 2 has more features and all of them are useful.
Thanks again for the review.
Posted 30 December 2004 - 11:15 PM
Definitely two thumbs-up.
For excellent customer support, try Gregg's Yahoo Group:
Improvements for the program have been brainstormed in there, as well as lots of tips and ideas from other users.
Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:17 PM
Posted 26 September 2008 - 06:56 PM
All in all, at least for my needs Sky Tools 2 is my favorite...
Having said all of the above... Both Sky Tools and AstroPlanner are expecting major upgrades very soon, so all of this is going to change. Having new choices will be great!!
Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:41 PM
For strictly planetarium-type work at outreach events and such, ST isn't the best but Stellarium is fantastic for that in addition to being free.