A handy tool designed to help beginner Astronomers.
The software Astronomy CCD Calculator uses NASA/SkyView survey resource which provides CCD images of the night sky.It helps you plan an observation by letting you play with different instruments resulting various "Fields Of View" so you can see what your camera will capture and choose the
best target for the session.
- Cross-platform Panel (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- Real images of the deep sky
- Portable app
- Really guarantee what will see on your astronomic setup
- Astronomical Setup manager
I really like this program. I find that it is great for figuring out mosaics for imaging.
Review by Alexander Yovchev softplanet.com/Astronomy-CCD-Calculator The night sky has fascinated mankind for thousands of years. This is one of the reasons for the emergence of sciences such as astronomy, which keeps on developing at a rapid pace even today. Although many of you can't become professional astronomers you can still look at the sky with binoculars or better yet with portable telescopes. So far so good except for one thing – there are millions of stars in the sky that make it hard to find nearby objects of interest. Fortunately Astronomy CCD Calculator 3.6 is here to help – this small app will help you find stars, galaxies and nebulae and download beautiful pictures of these same objects. Features: Small-sized Portable Relatively easy to use Astronomy CCD Calculator 3.6 is a tool that has been designed to be as straight to the point as possible. This is the reason why it comes as a small-sized program that is not hard to download and use. In addition the program is completely portable, which means you can take it with you anywhere and simply run it by double-clicking on the executable file. This way you won't have to install it here and there wasting precious time. Finally the program is relatively easy to use although it's a good idea to have some knowledge of astronomy so that you won't feel lost when using it. Interface The interface of Astronomy CCD Calculator 3.6 is nothing special but you cannot expect anything else from a scientific program and honestly this is in accordance with the straightness of the program. It runs in a small program window that cannot be stretched or shrunk and offers all in all just five tabs to choose from. While this might seem like a small number in fact it is not because each one of them is full of options and menus that can easily overwhelm a novice user. The good news is that each option that you can choose has been made in such a way as to provide more precision and convenience to the user, given he or she knows a little bit about astronomy. Basic Operations It is important to note even at the beginning that this app relies on having access to the Internet to function properly. In fact it's most amusing feature needs information from the Internet to show stellar objects. To look at interesting objects go to the Catalog menu and choose among Messier objects, bright stars, NGC objects, nebulae, double stars and more. Then go back to the Options menu, click on Apply and watch how the app will download a picture of the object from NASA servers. In addition the program will give you coordinates of the object so that you can see it at night. Conclusion You want to know the final verdict? Well, here it is – we recommend this app to professional and amateur astronomers alike because it comes with several important features – it is small, it is completely portable, it is relatively easy to use and it downloads really beautiful pictures from NASA's servers, not to mention it can be an invaluable tool when you want to watch night sky objects at night. Go ahead and get it – you will not regret this decision.