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#26 therocksal

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 01:36 PM

I tried ST3 but for me Astroplanner is a little easier for how I do my nightly observing lists. Granted, ST3 is a very nice program and I'm sure I'll look at it again in the future, especially when I start imaging.

It's nice to have some excellent observing programs to help us with our nightly (or in my case, monthly) observing sessions.

#27 John_G

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 04:15 PM

John (or others who have the std edition), could you give any more details? I don't use go-to or astrophotography so I don't think I need the pro version. But I found it hard to separate the features between the pro and standard when I went to the website so I'm not sure what all is included with the std. :confused:
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The standard doesn't have any features for telescope control or anything to do with astrophotography. It's just got 4 tabs: Nightly Planner, Current Events, Special Events, and Ephemerides. It's really Night Planner that's the main tab from which to create charts and do logging.

You can set up telescopes with view orientation, finder and eyepieces. When you want to view a chart, you can select the telescope and it displays all the views you need. You can play around with the FOV for your eyepiece and finder by zooming in or out, and print it when you get what you want.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 05:15 PM

The standard doesn't have any features for telescope control


Correct, but I believe you can still unlock RealTime for it for a small fee and control scopes to your heart's content. ;)

#29 skypilgrim

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:11 PM

Very helpful. Thanks John! :D

#30 Ray4852

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 07:23 PM

I have the standard edition with real time telescope control. I had to pay 30 dollars extra for the real time add on. the standard edition is all I need. I can make up my own list or download them from the website. the standard edition has everything I need in a astronomy program. this software is the best I ever used. for 50 dollars more I can add on the pro if I want. I don't need the pro because I;m not into astrophotgraphy. the standard cost 130 dollars with real time add on.

#31 Boot

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 08:20 AM

Many mentions here of being able to set-up program based on one's specific scope and eyepieces. Does the program cover every possible scope on the planet? Exactly how does this feature work? Is it as simple as entering the brand and model of your scope?

#32 John_G

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:25 AM

No. You name your telescope, then give it the diameter and f-ratio. It gives you a choice on how to rotate the FOV for the horizontal and vertical axis for your telescope and finder

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:54 AM

Yes it will work with any scope. Many can be entered from a list,yes, but if your scope is not on the list you can enter it manually. Go to is via ascom, so that will also work with almost any scope.

#34 Paula E

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:48 PM

I had to enter in my scope and some of my eyepieces manually. This is no big deal - it takes about 5 to 10 minutes tops.

The eyepiece view approximations it gives are excellent.

You can also define your local horizon, if that's of any interest.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:30 PM

O.K. Here's my concern... and it probably shouldn't be. (what a worrier I am). I've got an LXD75 SN10. If it's on the list, gresat. My concern is if it's NOT on the list. I don't even know the proper forum here on CN, "Cats & Casses?", "Reflectors?" because it's such a weirdo :scratchhead: ... So if I have to manually enter scope elements, it may get a little dicey.

#36 Paula E

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 04:22 PM

I've got an LXD75 SN10.

Specs:
Clear aperture: 254 mm (10")
F ratio: f/4
Focal length: 1016mm

It is also in the list in ST3, although mispelled as LDX-55 10 instead of LXD.
Helpful site:
http://www.weasner.com/lxd/

'nother helpful site:
http://tech.groups.y...XD55telescopes/

And "Cats & Casses" would be your forum here, I believe.

#37 John_G

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 04:25 PM

I see Meade LDX-55 6/8/10, but none for yours. I suspect SkyTools can.

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#38 Paula E

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 04:45 PM

I believe the "LDX-55" will work on an LXD-75. The optical parameters of the SN10 is the same - the difference between an LXD-55 and an LXD-75 is the mount if I recall correctly.

#39 STxPhotographer

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for the post, Jim. I have ST3 pro on order....sounds like the program that I was looking for!

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:04 PM

Thanks, Scott. Yes, you're right. Optically, the same as the '55. Just as long as it's in the list. I just thought that w/ the corrector plate and all, entering it as a "straight" reflector maight not garner that accurate of results. Thanks for the info.

#41 skypilgrim

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:04 PM

Put my order in for the Standard edition today. :jump:

Can't wait.
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:25 AM

I asked about the club discount via our local club and with little effort on the part of our "business" person we now have over 25 orders so qualify for the "maximum" discount. Thanks to all at CN and especially to Uncle Rod for sparking the interest... I can't wait to get a copy at home to try.

#43 Ray4852

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:06 AM

when you get your copy go to the yahoo board and download uncle rods herschel project. This is a list of 2500 herschel objects. thanks rod for putting it up on the board.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:59 AM

Glad to! Now if only I had the clear skies to see some of 'em! Lol!

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:33 AM

when you get your copy go to the yahoo board and download uncle rods herschel project. This is a list of 2500 herschel objects. thanks rod for putting it up on the board.

Fantastic...will absolutely do this...Thanks!

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:58 PM

a quick question, does the standard edition have all the major visual comets to download or is that something for the pro edition??

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:54 PM

a quick question, does the standard edition have all the major visual comets to download or is that something for the pro edition??


Quick answer: Yes, comets down to 15th magnitude. See Comets.

Pro has a database power search tab for comets(that I didn't even know was there). Both versions have the comet database that is updatable via the web. It accesses the same comet data that all of the programs use.

I don't know about comets fainter than 15th but you can ask in the Yahoo group for Skytools.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 02:34 PM

Just wanted to comment that I've been using SkyTools for a month now and it has transformed how I organize and log my observing sessions. SkyTools truly is a software package designed for the observer. I had been using Starry Nights previously, but found the logging & observing list tools lacking.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:22 PM

I've been an ST3 Pro user for a few months now, and I love it, although I'm still learning to use it. My only complaint is that you can't rotate the interactive atlas to correspond with your horizon. I know that you can rotate the view in context viewer, but I would prefer to be able to do so in the interactive atlas.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:41 AM

Just re-visiting this thread - I am still just completely impressed with this software at every level and in every way. Amazed that after more than a year of using it I am still encountering usful information or features as things go along. This for both imaging and visual. Still has my highest recommendation, has saved me time and trouble all over the place.


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