RTGUI: Real-Time Interactive Windows
Software for Astronomical Observers
Ver. 10 (Aug. 29, 2015): User Interface Enhanced for Use on Windows Tablet
PCs. see What's
Selected Comet and Asteroid Positions Via the Internet.
Quickly find Planets, Messier Objects, Caldwell Objects, NGC/IC
Objects, Named Stars, Carbon Stars, Quasars, and > 2,500 Double
Stars, by Constellation, Altitude, Magnitude, etc..
NGC and IC data - errors in standard catalogs fixed.
runs on Windows 8.1 Tablets - Can Call Skycharts.
Very convenient to take out in the
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catalogs into rtgui directory)
Messier Marathon Catalog(3k download, 11k
unzipped. 110 entries). Once a year, in mid to late March, is
it possible for mid-northern observers to see all 110 Messier objects
in a single night's marathon observing session. This catalog contains
all of the Messier objects, in the order that you need to observe them
(whatever sets the soonest is "next"!). There is also a separate
catalog for southern observers, with the visible M-objects ordered for
their search. Just search for "M", and keep hitting "next"! (It's
probably also a good idea to print out the list, for your location
Washington Double Star Catalog 1.8 Meg
Download, 8.4 Meg unzipped. Revised Jan. 31, 2006 for compatibility
with new Search Wizard. Includes constellation names for every object.
Complete WDS 2001 catalog, 84,468 entries. Contains virtually every
visual double star known. Don't waste those moonlit nights - observe
thousands of double stars! In addition to the Constellation Names, I
have cross-indexed the WDS with the HR and PPM catalogs, picking up
Bayer (Gam Vir) and Flamsteed (61 Cyg) designations, as well as SAO
numbers, where available. (Entries in the original WDS catalog contain
only the WDS designation, and the DM numbers, so it's hardly
user-friendly.) Separation and magnitude of companion are given, where
available. I know of no other catalog of double stars so complete yet
easy to search. For more information about this catalog, see http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds.
PPM.ZIP Positions and Proper Motions Star
Catalog in .RTG format ( 9.4 Meg download, 46.7 Meg unzipped. 468,861
entries). Contains all SAO catalog objects, also has PPM
numbers, & HD numbers, now cross-referenced with data in the
Bright Star catalog. Every entry now has a constellation name. ( For
information on the PPM, see http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/star-catalog/ppm.html
). Catalog is in reverse
order, starting with north polar objects and moving southward. This
also places the smaller SAO and PPM numbers at the start rather than