Sunday, January 24, 2016

learned even more

Came across these before the holidays, the SkyTools videos, and made a mental note to check them out. Part of my continuing quest to master the software. There's a basic Intro video. Twelve on the various features, emphasis on using the visual observing functions. And finally five videos on imaging. Just finished viewing the last of the tutorial videos. Amazing. I learned a bunch of tips and tricks!

The recommended eyepiece is relevant only in "challenging" visibility situations.

Emphasised the Current Minor Planets shows those near opposition.

The Optimum Sort checkbox places the best objects to the top of the list. It's not clear exactly how but I assume it looks at a couple or few variables.

The Lock Context Viewer to Telescope button allows visual selection from chart. I.e. it will move the 'scope!

There are some additional fields in column sets for Real Time mode.

One can type a primary star name followed by a letter! e.g. Rigel B. Wow!

One can right-click the rotate handle to set value.

When imaging planets, SkyTools calculates the Smear Time!

Just. Incredible. Software.

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