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Can observing plans be imported from other products?

Yes. Deep-Sky Planner can import observing plans that have been saved by another product in delimited text (CSV) format, and it can import simple text lists of object designations.

In each case, the object designation is parsed from the import file and looked up in the Deep-Sky Planner database using its object designation matching engine. The matching engine applies a sophisticated pattern matching technology that recognizes many variations commonly found among designations. If the object is matched in the database, an entry is created in a new observing plan for the object using the latest Deep-Sky Planner data; otherwise, the object is not imported.

Plans can also be shared among Deep-Sky Planner users. Please see the Plan Library in the online Community (Help | Community) to browse, view and download hundreds of pre-made observing plans.