The value of SkyTools Imaging is that it replaces guesswork with accurate calculations. It can accurately estimate the signal to noise ratio under any conditions, allowing for much higher quality planning. Currently, imagers use experience, rules of thumb and generalizations to decide what to image, when to image, how long to expose in total, and what sub exposure times to use. In the end it is all guesswork.
Some of the basic features that make SkyTools stand head and shoulders above the rest:
Fully Integrated Databases - only SkyTools draws the best data from multiple sources to create highly corrected databases for both stars and deep sky objects.
Smarter Planning - only SkyTools uses advanced scientific models for planning that fully take into account your telescope and observing conditions.
All Double Stars Are Accurately Depicted on Charts - only SkyTools allows you to zoom in to any double star - even binaries with orbits - to accurately see the individual component stars appear, drawn correctly for any given date.
Powerful Interactive Atlas - a highly customizable "atlas on a computer" that in itself is as powerful as many other software products.
Intelligent Telescope Control - plan what to observe in real time at the telescope, then effortlessly drive the scope to your targets. Or find an area of the sky on the atlas and drag the scope around the sky by moving the field of view.
Better Comet and Novae/Supernovae Data - at Skyhound we monitor recent observations, updating within hours of a nova or supernova discovery, and we keep the magnitudes, coma diameters and DC up to date for the observable comets. This information is easily downloaded from within SkyTools in the form of one of the "Current" observing lists, ready for use in the planner.
How much time have you wasted on targets that are beyond the capabilities of the imaging system? Or wasted by imaging the same objects that have already been imaged a million times? Just imagine if you had a tool that could search every known object for the ones that are suitable for your imaging system.
Maximize Your SNR
When it comes down to it, imagers have no real way to know how long they need to expose to reach the result that they want, and they basically guess at the conditions needed to obtain the best results for a given filter. SkyTools 4 replaces that guesswork with accurate calculations.
Any filter, any camera, any telescope
The most advanced imaging scheduler available, even including professional observatories
Automatically generates ACP Plans
Submits projects directly to ACP Scheduler and calculates the optimum constraints to use
Creates plans for iTelescope.net
Automatically Keeps track of your progress for each mosaic tile and filter in your project
SkyTools Imaging connects a new and highly accurate imaging model to the most highly-corrected and complete astronomical databases available, via an innovative user interface. It can be used to pick suitable target objects, predict how many exposures will be required to obtain the desired result, keep track of each project’s progress, and guide observations so that SNR is always maximized.