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    Default Is Sky Tools worth it?



    During my last outing I discovered that the darker the location, the more ineffective my current setup of using Sky Safari on my iPad is. I simply couldn’t dim the screen sufficient enough to not interfere with viewing.

    I have a copy of IDSA, but one of the key features I find very handy in Sky Safari is the ability to flip views to match my eyepiece view. I have been looking at getting Sky Tools so I can plan things out better and print out star charts that have correct image and inversed/reversed images for quick reference while I am observing. From everything I’ve read this program seems to meet my needs.

    I know there are a bunch of people here who’ve mentioned using this program, what are your thoughts on it? Anything alternate suggestions?
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    Default Re: Is Sky Tools worth it?

    Think of it this way...

    Consider the price of a premium atlas. Now add on the ability to plan a session, make a variety of lists for observing (and export these to Sky Safari in the proper format), add in your scopes, eyepieces, various observing locations, plus the ability to log and store all of your observations as a database, a repository for new comets/supernovae and other transient events, etc., etc., etc.

    The price gets much easier to bear then.

    It is an excellent tool, Craig. I've got all of my observing notes stored in there. I can exclude objects with a log entry from new lists to ensure I'm looking for new objects. Hard to beat it.
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    Default Re: Is Sky Tools worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Think of it this way...

    Consider the price of a premium atlas. Now add on the ability to plan a session, make a variety of lists for observing (and export these to Sky Safari in the proper format), add in your scopes, eyepieces, various observing locations, plus the ability to log and store all of your observations as a database, a repository for new comets/supernovae and other transient events, etc., etc., etc.

    The price gets much easier to bear then.

    It is an excellent tool, Craig. I've got all of my observing notes stored in there. I can exclude objects with a log entry from new lists to ensure I'm looking for new objects. Hard to beat it.
    Thanks Bryan! I think you pretty much covered it, that’s a hard review to beat!
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