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Two new plans have been contributed to the Plan Library by user Dave Ittner (thanks Dave!)
"Pocket Sky Atlas Carbon Stars" includes the 55 carbon stars shown in PSA. These are NOT indexed in the atlas, so this plan is especially useful. Learn about Pocket Sky Atlas at https://www.shopatsky.com/pocket-sky-atlas

Next, Dave has contributed "The Evening Sky Map, Jan 2018" which accompanies the monthly chart available at http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html. The chart and plan are an excellent resource for learning and teaching the night sky.

Learn about Deep-Sky Planner at http://knightware.biz/dsp
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Please see "Deep-Sky Wonders, Feb 2018" available now in the Plan Library. This plan accompanies Sue French's column in the February issue of Sky & Telescope magazine ( http://www.skyandtelescope.com/…/inside-february-2018-issue/ ). She describes 22 objects in Orion - some are familiar but some are not!
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We have 2 new plans in the Plan Library. First, "Webb Galaxy of the Month, Jan 2018" contains a group of galaxies in Leo Minor. You can read the accompanying article at https://webbdeepsky.com/galaxies/2018/galaxy/january.

Next, "IAU Named Stars" contains an up-to-date list of stars by official IAU name - see https://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming_stars. This plan uses the new Object (User) data that appears in DSP 7.3. Make sure to update to make use of this data!

Knightware thanks user Dave Ittner for suggesting this plan and for help testing the new user designation feature in DSP 7.3. Thanks Dave!
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Announcing Deep-Sky Planner v 7.3.0.0

Knightware is pleased to announce the release of a free update to Deep-Sky Planner 7 (http://www.knightware.biz/dsp/index.php). This is a significant update that addresses some minor bugs and adds a particularly useful new feature - support for user preferred object designations. Please see the release notes in the update or on the Software Updates page int he user's community for complete information.

You can get the update by visiting Help | Check for Updates in Deep-Sky Planner 7, or by logging into the Community Page and visiting the Software Updates page.

You will want to install the update and backup (File | Backup) afterwards. If you restore a backup made with DSP 7.2.1.0 or earlier with DSP 7.3.0.0, you may overwrite some product files. Please contact support if this happens - there's a way around it!

Update Highlights

1. Those of you who use SkySafari will notice that the latest version (6) has added support for OpenAstronomyLog file format. This means that observations recorded with SkySafari 6 are automatically sent to to LiveSky, and these observations can be exported to a file in OpenAstronomyLog format on your local drive. This file can then be imported into DSP. This should be a great help to those who use both products.

2. Observing Plans and Logs now contain an extra data item - 'Object (User)'. You can use this to add your preferred object name to the system preferred one that is an IAU compliant designation. This feature should be especially helpful when working with open clusters and double stars. Further, exporting plans with this new feature will allow you to get around the problem of other programs (like SkySafari) and devices (like NexusDSC) that will not import objects whose designations they don't recognize. Again, this affects open clusters and double stars most often.
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Santa has brought more than new telescopes, cameras & eyepieces! Please stay tuned for some special announcements about Deep-Sky Planner throughout January.

Today's treat: please find a complete set of observing plans in the Plan Library covering non-stellar objects in "Pocket Sky Atlas" from Sky Publishing - https://www.shopatsky.com/pocket-sky-atlas

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Get started observing in the new year with "Binocular Sky Jan 2018" which is now available in the Plan Library. Read the Binocular Sky newsletter at http://binocularsky.com/newsletter/archive/201801.pdf Learn about Deep-Sky Planner at http://knightware.biz/dsp
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For a quick tour around Orion's belt, see "Sky At Night Magazine Deep-Sky Tour, Jan 2018" in the Plan Library. This plan has 6 nebulae and clusters, including the Horsehead nebulae. Read about the tour in http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/issue/january-2018

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Enjoy some holiday observing by following "Deep-Sky Wonders, Jan 2018" now available in the Plan Library. This plan includes 10 objects in Cassiopeia, including Eddie's Coaster. Read about it in http://www.skyandtelescope.com/sky-and-telescope-magazine/inside-january-2018-issue/

Learn about Deep-Sky Planner at http://knightware.biz/dsp/
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A special plan is available for the intrepid observer/imager: "Shakhbazian Compact Galaxy Groups". This plan contains 377 compact groups of galaxies identified in papers published between 1973 and 1979 by Armenian astronomer Romelia K. Shakhbazian. The plan includes magnitude of brightest members, richness and compactness data.

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Image credit: Shk 26 in UMa courtesy of SDSS IV DR14
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