Neo Planner V2.3.7
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NEO Planner - Planning
tool for NEO and comets for IAU observatories, interested observers welcome!
Next steps What is new (with
The idea for Neo Planner comes from Free Basic planning programs for personal
use, which I have been written and used since 2017 on K87.
Neo Planner however, has been developed with Microsoft Visual Studio since
Thanks to the active support of Father Christoph Gerhard OSB from the
Muensterschwarzach, Neo Planner could be prepared for global use.
His math skills as an engineer and his tips and time for testing helped me
immensely in creating a usable version of Neo Planner for IAU observatories in
Neo Planner is off course not intended for surveys, but rather for amateurs or
professional observatories with telescopes from 20cm up to about 1 m in
Neo Planner is able to calculate observable comets, NEO and NEOCP
objects of the coming observation night
and to bring them into a chronological sequence according to any location and
the possibilities of any equipment.
Due to years of experience in measuring comets, asteroids, NEO or NEOCP objects,
I found the laborious preparation of the manual search and compilation of
objects for the night session to be time-consuming and in no way motivating.
In the past, I usually spent several hours preparing and then spent sleepless
hours during the night manually positioning, focusing, and readjusting the objects.
Due to a professional affinity for programming and process improvement, I
finally thought about how I could give my motivation to observe and measure the
of the solar system a boost and then decided to take the programming into my own
The deployment of Neo Planner is a consequent step to share the functions of the
program with all interested observers.
During the often long periods of bad observation weather at my location, the
program should also be usable for other stations.
Neo Planner is basically suitable for all observatories with IAU code,
regardless of whether the observation is done manually or fully automatically,
whether you just watch for a few hours or all night. Simply pick those objects
from the list that seem interesting to you.
The program is also coded with a hardware key and runs only on authorized
Neo Planner is Registerware (Freeware requiring registration) and does not use
cookies, neither tracking nor tracing.
To make maintenance easier in the event of problems, NEO Planner transfers the
files orchtemplate_obscode.txt and settings_obscode.dat to my
server every time the program is closed
so that I can see your planning results.
These files are particularly useful for quickly identifying initial
difficulties. The transmission can be switched off later
Neo Planner is based on Microsoft .net technology and runs
Windows 10 with
Framework 4.7.2. upwards.
A stable internet connection is mandatory. The version of the
framework is decisive. Please check the possible Windows version on this
No app comes out of the socket and any
program can contain errors. I ask for a benevolent
report if recognizable errors occur.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please send me an
Before you contact me, first click through the navigation bar on this page above
and read all the explanations carefully.
If your IAU observatory is equipped for the requirements, you are welcome to
contact me using the procedure below.
Note that preparing to use Neo Planner will take some time.
The process is as follows:
1. Send me an email, please. After that, I'll send you a link to a shared
folder. Then download the Setup.zip file to your computer.
2. Unzip the .zip file to a folder of your choice, but not to
C: \ neosettings!
2a. After unzipping the download folder must contain the following files:
Neo Planner.exe, WinSCP.exe,
2b. If the loading over the descriped method doesn't suceed, try to load the
setup program over this
link and store
setup.zip into a folder of your choice, but not
to C: \ neosettings!
After unzipping call Neo
follow the instructions.
Hint: If a Firewall of your computer is blocking the download,
send an Email to me, please. May be we find another method to load the setup.
3. Call Neo Planner.exe only once! Ignore warning messages from Windows or the
firewall. An internet connection is mandatory.
4. A folder C: \ neosettings is created and all necessary programs and files are
loaded into this folder.
I also get information that Neo Planner has loaded on your computer
on my web server! Only
hardware information is transmitted here.
Now, send a
me, please, that you did the first step and wait for my response..
Hint: You can also send the hardware information to me via
Attach this file C:/neosettings/hardware_sich.txt please.
5. After reading the information from your computer, I will approve it for the
use of Neo Planner.
Before the activation takes place,
I'll send you a few questions about your equipment to test the settings for your
Keep in mind that in my time zone and because of my job, I may not react
6. You can only use the program after I
included the hardware code in the observatory list and have given my approval via email.
7. Neo Planner is called up using the shortcut created or by calling up the Neo
Planner.exe program in the C: \ neosettings folder.
8. First carry out all the settings in the order from top to bottom before using
other functions of the program.
Follow the instructions here on the web on how to best prepare Neo Planner for
planning the coming night.
9. Confirm, if requested, all programs from Neo Planner as trustworthy.
Report bugs you encounter in a constructive and friendly manner, please.
The description of the program here on the web is not yet complete and will be
supplemented over time.
For release changes that are announced on
or on this site, the following steps can be
1. On Neo Planner header line click on Maintenance and Update.
2. Push the "Download Programs" button:
Most of the Neo Planner programs
are loaded into the C: \ neosettings folder with a different name.
Close Update now.
3. Push the "Neo Planner Updater" shortcut on your desktop or
call NeoPlannerUpdater.exe from the C: \ neosettings folder.
After pushing the "Activating Updates" button, the old programs
will be deleted and the new programs will be renamed to their active program
Close the Updater now.
4. Call Neo Planner again and enjoy the new features.
What are the
planned next steps in V2.4?
- Manual search for
new NEOCP objects, after Execute Planning was running to avoid the time-consumed
- Enter a desired personal
start time in the revise screen and mark the objects accordingly.
Latest Update: March, 29 2021 V2.3.7
What is new?
- Complete revision of the
determination of the highest altitudes of the objects to avoid
- Due to the better performance of the access to the MPC databases, all numbered
objects within the specified parameters are now also included in the
Objects like the well-known (99942) Apophis are thus also displayed.
Update: March, 21 2021 V2.3.6
- Expansion of statistics to
include annual overviews.
- Additional sorting of countries:
Update: January, 30 2021 V2.3.5
Summaries of daily and monthly
All observations are
displayed per day with the option of selecting by days.
There is also a monthly statistic of all observatories with summaries of
discoveries, MPEC confirmations and daily observation updates of comets and
asteroids with sorting functions.
When clicking on objects, corresponding Informations are shown, also MPC
data and JPL orbiltal graphics of the objects are displayed in your browser.
Update: January, 10 2021 V2.3.4
- Display statistics for daily
observations of the MPC.
- Double-Click on Revise,
Object Information and Observation screens for links to detailed informations of
the selected object on MPC and JPL sites.
Update: December, 30 2020 V2.3.3
- Including medium NEO
diameter and NEO score
- Expansion of the comet selection to include the most recently
observed comets of the
- Improvement of the object information about the last consignment from
These extensions compensate the disadvantage of the very delayed
publication of new comet observations by the MPC.
Update: November, 13 2020 V2.3.2
- some corrections of program bugs while loading NEO data
Update: November, 05 2020 V2.3.2
- some corrections of program bugs
- some more explanations
- including a license code
based on hardware information!
Update: October, 15 2020 V2.3.1
- CGI Query support from
JPL Scout CNEOS site for NEOCP objects
- Computation of R.A. and Declination of NEOCP objects according
to the observation time (Scout)
- Object Information with coloured Earth MOID - outside Moon
orbit: Blue, inside Moon orbit: Green, inside half Moon orbit: Red, inside
satellite orbits: Dark Red
- Colored marking of the
active observatory in the object information if it has the last observation.
Update: October, 07 2020 V2.2
- Complete revision of the Execute Planning tab
- Interactive editing of the daily template in the Revise Button
- Additional Button for Object Information
Update: September, 27 2020 V2.1
- Displays the ephemeris of NEOs and comets of a
calculated optimal observation time.
- Display of the meridian transit time of NEOs and comets as the
best observation time.
The best times for NEOCP objects will be recalculated in the next release.
- Activation of the NO-GO areas, useful for German mounts and
others who avoid the meridian passage.
- Correction of some bugs and improving the Update feature.