Clear Skies Observing Guides

Web site that lets you download images geared for your equipment


A few weeks back, I was searching for places that let you view astro images from sites like DSS and came across a web site called “Clear Skies Observing Guides”.  It turned out to be a really neat place.  It contains DSS images in zipped files of images from the Messier, Caldwell, Stock, Palomar and other catalogs that I never heard of like Dolidze, and Holmberg.  What is really neat about them is that they come in different editions that you can download depending on the kind of scope you own and the images will orient as they would in your particular scope.  The editions are for 5-6″ scopes, 8-10″, and 12″ scopes.  In addition, the orientations are: unmirrored, mirrored horizontally, mirrored vertically and mirrored horizontally and vertically.  There are also editions that cover all of the constellations.

For those that own Meade Autostar, Celestron NextRemote, or Eqmod there are tours to download for these pieces of equipment.  For Argo Navis users, there are Argo Navis User Catalogs and, last but not least, for users of AstroPlanner there are Plan files included for each of the catalogs.

If you want to take a look, here is the link:

Clear skies,

Jim Lawrence