Ah vacation ... before everyone else gets home ... what's a nerd to do? In my case, play around and install WorldWide Telescope from Microsoft Research. My initial research has shown that this free software is:
- Cool ... one can explore the heavens (take guided tours)
- Graphics intensive (my laptop is marginal for the task)
- Appears to allow linking to real telescopes
Here are two screen shots from my install. Click upon either image to expand.