Skyhound is a maker of astronomy software. We are located in the village of Cloudcroft, at an elevation of 9000 ft in the dark skies of the Sacramento mountains of central New Mexico. Skyhound is owned and operated by Greg Crinklaw. Greg is an accomplished programmer, is trained as a professional astronomer, and is a life-long observer.
Greg was around at the beginning of personal astronomy software. In 1991 he developed PC-Sky in his spare time while a graduate student. PC-Sky was the first realistic sky simulator. Years later he started thinking about astronomy software for observing. Most software came in three basic forms: the old time star charting programs, planetarium software originally designed for education, and various small utility programs. Observers often pick and choose between these programs and often use more than one at a time. Perhaps it was time for one program designed just for observing. Greg began to rethink astronomy software from the point of view of observational astronomy. His dream was to create a software product that would bring all of the tools an observer needs together. Not only would they be part of the same program but they would work seamlessly together as well, creating an efficient and powerful observing system. Sure, it could be fun and pretty, but most of all it had to be useful. This is how SkyTools was born.
In a world full of planetarium and star charting programs, observing planners, and calculators, SkyTools is the first comprehensive software created from the ground up entirely for the purpose of observing.