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    Does anyone know a good website or program I can make black and white prints of the sky that I can customize so as to show planets or deep sky objects if I want or not. Im looking for an option that I can make notes on so I don't want to use a book or software while observing.
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    Take a look at Cartes du Ciel. It's free. I use it every once and awhile.
    https://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/start
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    There may be some here on AF Kenneth.
    Go to 'Astronomy Community' and click on 'Downloads'. There are some downloadable charts there I think. Not sure if that is what you are looking for, but there it is. :-)
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    From Stellarium on a PC, you can setup the area you need, and take a screenshot (Cntrl-S).
    Make sure to set the screenshot folder in Configuration->Tools and invert colors so that you dont run out of ink when you print it

    You can also get some quite detailed Star Atlas (google Taki's Star Atlas) in pdf, and print the pages you want for a night.
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    I always use a paper atlas when observing. Hate to use a laptop or a phone at the scope.
    I use the Tri Atlas, but it's difficult to find any longer. ( https://web.archive.org/web/20170808.../triatlas.html )
    Here are other maps you can print out:
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    Thanks for the options. I'll check those out when I get home from work. What i was wanting to do is print out a little section of the sky so that I could make little notes and draw in stuff I find to make identifying it later a little easier.
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    For those wishing to go a little deeper, I can recommend the following:

    Taki's mag 8.5 atlas - 8.5 Magnitude Star Atlas

    Michael Vlasov's Deep Sky Hunter Atlas - Deep Sky Hunter Star Atlas - Deep Sky Watch

    I know you said black and white, but just in case anyone wants some colored charts in the style of Wil Tirion, the following site has a set similar to the Sky Atlas 2000. Jim's site also has the bonus of a lot of various charts he has developed for observing lists, like the Messiers, Caldwells and H400. I recommend perusing his site to see what may be of interest.

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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    I've prepared a number of Word documents with finder charts taken as screen shots from Cartes du Ciel. Doing the work of preparing them yourself helps as well (just like working out a route between two places on a map helps you more than just reading directions out of a book).
    Usefully, the finder and eyepiece charts can be customised for your scope / eyepiece combinations
    I print them out and put them in plastic sleeves against dew.
    Finder VIew M82.PNG
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    Thanks to everyone that answered. I was able to utilize the plan I had in mind last night and it worked out fairly well. My plan was to print out a map of just stars (mostly high easily visible) and use that as a road map. I've had a tendency to try and find objects that appear in my software without knowing if it's even possible with my current equipment and light conditions. I wanted to go in "blind" and just see what happened. I printed out a sheet of the southern sky at the time I planned to be out there. Once out there I just scanned with the binoculars. If I saw something interesting I made a mark on the print and made a sketch on another piece of paper. I used these to go back later in the software and narrow down what I probably saw. Rather than picking targets while I'm still learning I decided to let myself "discover" things. This way I'm not disappointed when I can't find what the software claims is there. If I can't see 7th mag then I don't need to know about it right now lol.
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    Default Re: Sky map prints?

    SkyTools has a free trial edition you might want to try. It can be set up for your telescope to identify visible targets and their difficulty. https://www.skyhound.com/starter.html
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