I'm getting back into visual observing after a break lasting about 7 years. Back in the day, software was much more limited and I would prepare observing lists beforehand from the internet, use SkyAtlas for starhopping (Or Cartes du Ciel printed maps for the fainter fuzzies) and take notes old-shool in a notebook. I own a 12.5" dob and enjoy DSO hunting the most. What do you guys use today?
I've recently started using my laptop with Stellarium for a summer binocular tour of the sky as a way to get back in the game. It's great for that purpose but has obvious limitations for anything more serious.
My question is - what do people these days use as the basic/best software for observation planning, charting and logging? Is there one program that can do all three well? I've found so many options in the links section that my head is spinning. I have a laptop that can be used at the telescope running Windows 10.
I've been looking at SkyTools 3 which looks great for my purposes, especially since an update is supposed to be coming. Any oppinions on this software? Is there a better alternative?
Thank you for any input.