What AstroPlanner does
AstroPlanner is a stand-alone application that allows the user to plan and execute an observing session. The user can enter objects to be viewed manually, import them from text files, look them up in several supplied catalogues, or use observing plans previously created by others. These objects can be both deep-sky and solar system objects (planets, sun, moon, asteroids, comets, etc.).
Once a list of objects has been created, they can be observed and log entries recorded for each of them. The application will also control a wide range of computerised Go To telescopes, in order to slew to selected objects. Several Digital Setting Circle (DSC) systems are also supported. Telescope control is optional, so AstroPlanner can be used to great effect even if you don’t have a computerised telescope mount.
The application computes the visibility of the objects for the current observing session, shows the sky for that time and can show the field-of-view for the current object as if it was being viewed through a virtual eyepiece, or the sensor of an imager.
Additionally, if you have a network connection, you can download high-resolution photographs of any part of the sky from the Digital Sky Survey (DSS and SDSS).