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Eye and Telescope V3.0: The Deep Sky Observing Planner

By: Thomas Pfleger

Cambridge University Press

DVD-ROM | Jul 2011 | #188523 | ISBN-13: 9780521151153
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This software predicts how an object will look through your telescope. It uses a database of 130,000 entries to help find out which objects will be visible with the telescope's optics at a specific time and location.

The programme finds suitable candidates for observing by filtering selections by object type, telescope, location, and so on and helps to plan a session by creating a list of objects for a single night, with the best times and order for observation. It enables the user to organize long-term projects by highlighting the next best opportunity for observation whilst clearly labelled star maps can be easily rotated to match the view in the eye-piece.

While it's true that sky map software is abundant in the US, 'Eye and Telescope' offers something unique--an attempt at defining not only the visibility of the target, but its actual appearance to the end user through their telescope, and from their site. This is both a time and frustration saving utility, as well as one that allows an observer to locate objects at the edge of their resources.
- Tom Trusock,

"Each day I try it, I discover something new which will help me as an amateur astronomer. 'Eye and Telescope' would be a wonderful aid to the technically-savvy amateur astronomer."
- Glenn Chaple, contributing editor, Astronomy magazine

"Due to the unique features of 'Eye and Telescope', an English version, serving the international market, is highly recommended by the reviewer. No doubt, the number of potential users is large, ranging from binocular owners to those observing with large Dobson telescopes. Both newcomers and deep sky experts will benefit. I'm sure the expected audience would welcome the product as a non-mainstream work, differing significantly from others. Due to its unique features, 'Eye and Telescope' has--up to now--no real competitors. It might be an excellent supplement to the large and scattered amount of information about deep sky observing and objects in printed, digital form or on the Internet. And, finally, it helps to effectively use your telescope, by planning and performing successful observations--worldwide."
- Wolfgang Steinicke FRAS, Galaxies section, Webb Society

"'Eye and Telescope' is a thoroughly crafted software tool for the serious backyard astronomer. It provides not only the ability to select the best objects for a night's observing but also to see a simulation of what those objects might look like through a user's telescope. Star charts that can be customized to plot only those objects of interest and the ability to control a GoTo telescope to slew to selected targets round out a full-featured deep-sky planning program great for use at the telescope or on the desktop. Highly recommended!"
- Alan Dyer, contributing editor, Sky & Telescope

"The biggest plus I see to it is that I can generate lists of objects based on a variety of criteria, which I find very handy. Just the other day, I needed to know how many planetary nebulae are in Aquila for the book I'm doing. I supposed I could have opened up either Megastar or Guide and started to count, but it was much easier to set the proper parameters in 'Eye and Telescope' and let it generate a list. I very much like the way you can print the three-panel white-on-black finder chart. That is a very handy feature! Even handier is the way that you can tie into a wide variety of planetarium programs. I selected Megastar. That's a great feature! I also like having Steve Gottlieb's NGC notes built right into it, as well. So, in my opinion, I find 'Eye and Telescope' to be very useful. Would I buy it? Knowing what I know about it at this point, I would state an enthusiastic 'yes!'"
- Phil Harrington, contributing editor, Astronomy magazine


- Stars - Deep-sky objects - Object filter - Observing projects - Observing plan - Star map - Logbook

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Thomas Pfleger is a software developer who has been interested in astronomy since his school days. His passion is the visual observation of everything within reach of his telescope. For many years he has been interested in the benefits that computers can bring to amateur astronomers.

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