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Observer Log Software

Ever wish you had handy observer log software to keep track of your astronomy related observing sessions?  Now you can.     

If you are like most amateur astronomers, there are times when you just want to take your telescope outside on a clear night to do some casual observing.  Yet, on other occasions, you actually plan to make specific observations or take specific astrophotographs.

Having access to software that can actually help you plan your observing sessions and keep track of your actually observations is what observer log software is all about.  

We have scoured the web an found what we believe are intersting software sets that will help you make the most of your observing or photographic sessions.  Best of all... these observer log software sets are free!

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Astronomy Observer Log Software


AstroPlanner is a software application for Macintosh and Windows computers that facilitates astronomical visual observation planning and logging as well as control of Meade telescopes that use the LX200, LX200GPS or Autostar controllers, Celestron NexStar scopes, Astro-Physics GTO mounts, the Vixen SkySensor 2000 system , and several others. It also incorporates the Best Pair functionality for selecting optimum telescope alignment stars and tools for facilitating iterative and drift polar alignment via computer control of the telescope.

It is designed to enable the observer to set up a list of astronomical objects he/she wishes to observe. These are either entered manually, by lookup in the supplied database of astrometric catalogues (e.g. Messier, NGC, SAO, etc.), or by importing them from suitably formatted text files. Solar system objects are also supported (sun, moon, planets, comets and minor planets) and comet/minor planet orbital elements can be imported in the usual formats (from a range or sources including the ASTORB and MPCORB databases).

Once entered the user can select items from the list for observation. The application uses the current time and site information (including horizon obstructions) to compute the visibility of the objects, so that only the ones currently above the horizon need be chosen. Rise, transit and set times are also computed to assist in planning a nights observing. Other sophisticated algorithms are incorporated to show parameters such as optimal detection magnification.




The Simple Observing Log (TSOL) is intended as a place where you can keep track of all your star-gazing information.

You may fill out forms for all the objects you intend to view in a session, then use the forms to keep track of your sucess, or you may observe as you always have, and record your observations during or after your session. After you're done, you can view and print your observing records sorted by date or by object.

There's even a space where you can sketch your observations on the page, or place scans of your sketches after you're done. An "astrophoto" section for each observation lets astrophotographers keep track of their exposures as well.

When you want to use TSOL in the field, simply choose "Nightvision Mode" to switch to a vision-saving red display!



AstroByte Logging System :

The AstroByte Logging System is an easy to use database to keep all your astronomical observations together in one package. It contains over 10,000 of the best pre-selected objects along with a form to enter new selections. It keeps track of objects, which you have observed, along with objects that you still need to observe to fill a catalog.


Contains 6 different Database entry forms:

    1. Complete Messier Catalog

    2. The SAC 7.2 Deep Sky Database
        Which includes:
            The complete NGC catalog
            The Messier Catalog
            The Caldwell Catalog
            The Herschel 400
             And many other objects!

    3. Solar System Logging Form

    4. The 110 Best of the NGC Logging Form

    5. The 110 Best Multiple Stars

    6. A Custom Database for your own objects

Contains 40 printable reports:

    1. Completed objects reports

     2. Incomplete object reports

    3. Observing Worksheets

    4. Catalog printouts

    5. Plus, many more….

Includes Data for each object to help you locate and identify:

    1. RA and DEC

    2. Constellation

    3. Magnitude

    4. ..and much more information

    5. The SAC Database form contains and extensive search ability

   6. The Messier and Solar System Database form contains images

DOWNLOAD (Windows XP)            DOWNLOAD (Windows 95/98)


***OK.  This one isn't free, but this software is totally addicting and unlike anything else out there.

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