Creating An Observing Plan

Pensack, Donald E.
June 2009
Amateur Astronomy Magazine;Summer2009, Issue 62, p59
The author suggests steps for creating an astronomical observing plan using a commercial astronomy software program called Skytools2. The planning process is shaped and guided by five factors, which are the general type of target constellation, observing site, equipment, date and timing. A sample plan for observing in an open pasture at a farm north of Jacksonville, Alabama utilizing the S&T Interactive Sky Chart on skyandtelescope.com and the Deep Sky Browser on Messier45.com is presented.


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