Observation Planning and Logging
Announcing the latest and best
Deep-Sky Planner yet!
Deep-Sky Planner 6 astronomy software for Windows provides the powerful, accurate tools you need to make your time at the telescope more efficient and enjoyable. Discover what you can observe, when and where to observe it, and what it looks like. Once you've observed an object, record the observation in the most feature-complete observing log anywhere. Your observations can be exchanged with other astronomy software that supports OpenAstronomyLog - the world's first open, non-proprietary international standard for recording observations.
Customers often report that Deep-Sky Planner has the best user interface among astronomy software. That's no accident: it's a commitment to making your observing as productive and enjoyable as possible. See why.
"I’ve been more impressed by Deep Sky Planner than I have by any astro-soft of any type I’ve tried in a long time."
- Rod Mollise, Amateur Astronomy magazine Spring 2012
"I am enjoying Deep-Sky Planner. It's got the best interface I've come across in all the observation planning programs I've tried."
- Mark T, California
"I love this software and I think you’ve done an outstanding job creating the best logging program I’ve seen to date. It’s highly intuitive and DSP5 has allowed me to be much more productive at the eyepiece, and one of the most important features is the speed at which I can generate an observing list - maybe 1 minute. I love it."
- Randy A, Colorado
"In the past I used XXXX [sic] but that is such a kludgy application that I just had to find something better; and I did -- DSP5. Coupled with TheSky6 it is a great combination. The amateur astronomy community owes you a debt for the enormous time investment you have clearly made."
- Charlie M, Texas
Astronomy software relies on accurate data. Version 6 has the latest and best deep-sky and stellar data available. Data is taken from the latest professional, peer-reviewed catalogs and now contains 1.25 million objects. Version 6 includes the latest (2014) Revised NGC/IC catalog by Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke. Other catalogs have been added and many corrections and cross references have been made to the database. Stellar data has been added that permit high accuracy binary star ephemerides for well-studied visual systems, and predictions of variable star light extrema. Catalog data is treated differently than any other software in the industry. See why.
Accurate ephemerides may be calculated for Sun, moon, planets, comets, asteroids. You can do filtered and sorted searches for asteroids and comets.
Observing plans can be built containing any of over 1.25 million objects in the database, or any other that you define. There is a library of hundreds of pre-built plans online. Plans run in real-time or for any time and place that you select. Plans can be uploaded to Argo Navis, Sky Commander & SkySafari. Learn more.
|Data reporting is vital to astronomy software. Deep-Sky Planner includes several reports for planning and logging. Each can be printed, saved in HTML, plain text or delimited text (CSV) formats. Reports may be customized extensively. See how.|
Astronomy software often treats logging as an insignificant addition, but not Deep-Sky Planner. The logging features are the most feature-complete available, and they are fully integrated with all planning features. The software learns which observing session and equipment you are using as you enter observations so that your workflow is optimized. The log is also fully searchable and reports are completely customizable. See how
The log supports recording extensive sky and weather conditions data, including direct reading support for Unihedron's Sky Quality Meter models LE, LU and LR. Still images, scanned sketches, video and audio can also be attached to observations.
Your observations are also more portable than ever: Deep-Sky Planner 6 allows you to exchange observations with other astronomy software using OpenAstronomyLog 2.x, an emerging international standard for observation exchange. You can also save your log reports as HTML, plain text, or delimited text (CSV).
Deep-Sky Planner interoperates intelligently with leading planetarium astronomy software giving you the very best star charting functions available without without duplicating features and costs. Use with TheSkyX Pro, TheSky6, Starry Night, Redshift and Cartes du Ciel. See how.
Enjoy computer control of your telescope, and receive real-time feedback from your telescope or digital setting circles. See how.
Telescope control is a standard feature of Deep-Sky Planner and requires ASCOM 6 or earlier (free).
Ease of Use
Astronomy software doesn't have to be hard to use! Unlike most astronomy software, Deep-Sky Planner is designed to follow Microsoft's Windows Software Logo product guidelines. The software interacts with Windows in many standard ways that most observing software doesn't. It also works with Windows 8, 7 and Vista without User Account Control security problems. You can even install separate copies on one computer for multiple users. See how.
|Check out the the video library and see how to plan and log observations.|
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Astronomy clubs and societies can purchase Deep-Sky Planner at a discount. Click here for details.
Deep-Sky Planner 6 astronomy software has a 30 day money back guarantee.
Read about Saturday's Deep-Sky Planner Q&A webinar at http://knightware.blogspot.com/2014/07/deep-sky-planner-webinar-july-2014.html
What's Happening at Knightware: Deep-Sky Planner Q&A Webinar - July 2014
Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:45 am
Please join the developer of Deep-Sky Planner (http://knightware.biz/dsp/) for a free Q&A webinar. The webinar will delve into the problem of double star system designations. A system like the Double Double goes by many names. Learn how to use Deep-Sky Planner to search for double stars effectively.
How can I watch?
The webinar will be broadcast live 19 July at 1:00 pm Eastern US time (5pm GMT). It will also be recorded for replay at your convenience. You can watch live or on replay:
@ the Webinar Event page
@ the deepskyplanner Google+ page
@ the Deep-Sky Planner Video Library web page
Do I need a Google+ account to watch?
No! Anyone can watch at the locations listed above. However, you can participate if you have a Google+ account and are logged into it, and you view through the Webinar Event page. You can:
* ask questions during the webinar (live Q&A)
* post comments about the webinar on the Event page or on the deepskyplanner Google+ page
See you at the webinar!
Free Webinar: Deep-Sky Planner Q&A - Google+
Please join the developer of Deep-Sky Planner (http://knightware.biz/dsp/) for a free Q&A webinar. The webinar will delve into the problem of double star system designations. A system like the Double Double goes by many names. Learn how to use Deep-Sky Planner to search for double stars effectively…
Posted on 14 July 2014 | 9:06 am
You need the following hardware and operating system software to run Deep-Sky Planner 6 astronomy software:
- PC with Intel Pentium CPU or later (or a fully compatible and equivalent CPU) . 1GHz or faster on Windows 7 or 8.
- 32 or 64 bit edition of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 including the latest Windows Updates from Microsoft
- Internet Explorer 6 or later
- 128 MB RAM for Windows XP, 512 MB RAM for Windows Vista, 1 GB Windows 7 or 8 (32-bit), 2 GB Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit)
- Installation requires about 366 MB of hard disk space
- XGA (1024 x 768) or better with high color Windows XP or Vista , DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver Windows 7 or 8.
- CD drive (for installation)
- a pointing device (mouse) is recommended but not required
- Internet connection is highly recommended for license activation, software updates and some product features, but is not required
- Serial port is required for SQM-LR or telescope/DSC connection; data cable is supplied separately by equipment manufacturer
- Ethernet port or wireless NIC is required for SQM-LE connection; data cable is supplied separately by equipment manufacturer
- USB port is required for SQM-LU connection; data cable is supplied separately by equipment manufacturer
This product has been tested with Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit) and Windows XP (32 bit), including installations on multiple user accounts.
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