What's New?

Updated March 15, 2009 

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What's New?

March 15, 2009

Mal McDonald of the South Shore Astronomical Society pointed out to me that C89, which Caldwell listed as NGC6067, has been revised to NGC6087. This has been fixed in all versions of the database, and the Filemaker version of the database has been updated for Filemaker 10.

February 3, 2004

TUMOL has finally been updated for Mac OS X compatibility. Thanks to Jamie Turner for "reminding" me to do this. I'm a bit behind in updating this page, as I released a couple of non-English versions of the databases last year: TSOL is now available in Spanish, and TUMOL is available in German. If you are interested in translating any of the logs for your language, and you have Filemaker, please let me know.

July 27, 2003

Several updates were posted to the site today: TUMOL and TCOL PDF files have been updated to Acrobat 5.0, reducing the file size for downloads. TCOL now has database and standalone versions available, although Sir Patrick Caldwell-Moore's descriptions have still not been added to TCOL. TSOL has been updated to support CCD astrophotograph data, and the new version will be posted by August 1, after beta-testing has been completed.

May 12, 2002

I found an error in the log data for TCOL. Starry Night Pro displays the wrong object for C-28! I will bring this to their attention. The object mistakenly shown in the C-28 atlas is actually a pretty little cluster in Ursa Major, but it is not C-28. I have updated the chart to show the correct object in Andromeda. You may download the page for C-28 alone, to avoid the hassle of downloading the entire log again.

May 9, 2002

The Caldwell Observing Log (TCOL) preview is here! My newest log, produced in cooperation with the Astronomical League, is almost here. To whet your appetite, here is a preview in PDF format only. The final database version will be available sometime before the summer, and will include descriptions of the objects by Sir Patrick Caldwell Moore himself!

April 16, 2002

The Palm versions of TUMOL and TSOL have been upgraded for JFile 5. This should eliminate some of the installation and download problems people have been reporting.

March 18, 2002

Launched complete new site design. It should be a little bit easier to look at on most browsers, though it may load a bit slower. I've added a bunch of new links since August of last year... sorry for not noting them here as they were added!

August 6, 2001

Released TUMOL 3.0, which includes Night Vision (red) mode, online help, sketch pad/astrophotograph entry screen. PDF version updated to R3.0 as well!

July 25, 2001

Per request from the AAVSO, updated TSOL so the RA/Declination is entered in a single field, instead of four fields.

June 6, 2001

A new log! The Overlooked Object Log is based on Brent Watson's useful book of the same name. Be the hit at your next star party by finding the Veil Nebula, Blue Snowball, Owl Cluster and other deep-sky objects, instead of the "same old stuff."

Check out the complete list of features on the OOLog page.

Also, at the request of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, I've upgraded TSOL for the Mac to allow variable star data entry and formatted data export. Check out the (beta) version of this upgrade on the TSOL page.

May 17, 2001

Introducing... TEC: The Eyepiece Calculator. Find the true field of view, exit pupil, magnification, etc., for up to 10 eyepieces at a time. Generate a handy, printable chart to keep in your eyepiece case. Click here for more info.

May 4, 2001

The Simple Observing Log was written up in the May "Sky & Telescope" magazine! Stuart Goldman gave it a nice capsule review in the Software Showcase on Page 72 of the May issue.

December 2, 2000

Need a place where you can keep track of all your star-gazing information? Check out my newest software, The Simple Observing Log 1.0 (TSOL). You may fill out forms for all the objects you intend to view in a session, then use the forms to keep track of your sucess, or you may observe as you always have, and record your observations during or after your session.

Check out the complete list of features on the TSOL page.

October 5, 2000

Please help!

I am compiling a directory of the best dark-sky viewing sites around the world, but especially the US, UK and Australia. Although I will cover all relevant areas, the guide will mainly be for people who live in or are visiting cities, and are looking for a nearby dark sky site.

Click here for more information, and to tell me about your favorite dark-sky sites.

May 25, 2000

TUMOL 2.5 is released. This new version includes several changes:

Thanks to those of you who suggested these changes!


R2.2 is released, which fixes the images display problems in Windows. All images should now display properly. Also, I corrected the image for M102 and the map for M9. Thanks to those of you who pointed out these bugs, and thanks to everyone else for your patience. Within the next month or so, I should release R2.3, which will include Telrad circles on all of the maps and additional fields, based on suggestions I have received "from the field." Mac users do not need to download this new version... if you want the new images for M102 and M9 to paste into your database, click here for a Stuffit archive of the two image files in PICT format (40KB). (You will have to open the images, select all, cut the image and paste it into the appropriate Filemaker field.)

April 5, 2000

I believe I've found a solution to the problem displaying the images in the Windows version of the database. It appears FileMaker Pro for Windows does not display transparent GIFs. I was able to copy a GIF, change its transparency parameter, and voilá... it displayed. I will be modifying the database and importing non-transparent GIFs, but I may not be able to do this for several weeks. In the meantime, I suggest users download and convert the images from the SEDS site themselves (ftp://ftp.seds.org/pub/info/messier/m-small.zip) if they want to upgrade themselve. Sorry for this inconvenience.

April 2, 2000

Help! Several users have reported problems seeing the images in the standalone version of TUMOL for Windows. It seems there is an incompatibility between Windows, Quicktime, Filemaker and the Windows GIF decompressor that affects Windows 95 users, and perhaps others. If you can offer me any clues as to why this might be happening, please drop me a note and let me know. Thanks!

March 31, 2000

Fixed several small bugs and updated all R2.0 versions to R2.1.

March 29, 2000

Several users have reported problems unzipping the Windows standalone version of the database. I have re-zipped and re-posted the file. Please let me know if you have problems with this new attempt!

March 28, 2000

The Ultimate Messier Object Log is now available in standalone applications for both Mac and Windows!

March 14, 2000

Added Astronomy Book Library.