NightAssistant Publisher's description
from Tom Bryant
Night assistant is a program that is designed to run on a laptop while you're observing with your telescope.
Night assistant is a program that is designed to run on a laptop while you're observing with your telescope. It features:
- Based on a configuration file you can edit, display a list of objects that are currently in the sky as seen from your observatory based on the criteria you've specified either in the configuration file or interactively with the main screen.
- The object database currently contains almost 174,000 deep sky objects.
- You can create and display a finder chart for any of those objects.
- Findercharts are between 1 and 5 degrees square, and initially display stars down to 12mv. If the faint button is clicked, and you use the naData16.zip database, stars as faint as 16mv are displayed. See the screen shots below.
- Coordinates for all stars and deep sky objects are given with both J2000 and true of date (the current time) values.
- Both local and sidereal time are displayed, They are updated every second.
- A special chart for the North celestial pole can be created to assist in aligning an equatorial mount.
- If you're using an alt-az mounted telescope, a line showing the direction of the zenith is available to assist you in orienting the finder chart with the view in your eyepiece.
- Detailed information about any object or star on the chart is but a click away.
- You can record observations after you've made them with the program. If you're observing a variable star, comparison stars can be selected from the finder chart and their information included with the observation. Detailed information about the object (name, position, spectrum, etc.) is stored in each observation.
- Your initial object list can contain all objects in the current sky, or exclude those that are already in your database.
- The orientation of the finder chart can be instantly changed, to reflect the view from a refractor or catadioptric with a star diagonal to one seen with a Newtonian, to one seen with binoculars.
- Each finder chart has a circle around its center that gives the view of an eyepiece of your choice.
- There are 12.5 million entries in the deep sky object and brighter stars database. The faint star database has about 100 million entries.
What's New in This Release:- There is now a virtual micrometer built into the double star finder
- chart for position angle and separation measurements.
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall