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Brian Rickard Posted: 10-17-2016 3:46 PM | Locked

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Your personalized settings for TheSkyX can become altered or lost through undesired configuration changes, file corruption or media failure. To protect against this, we recommend that your settings be backed up regularly. From such a backup, one can restore former settings when desired, or even configure a different computer with identical settings.

These settings include preferences, toolbar and window configurations, .SKYX documents, observing notes, custom horizons, imaging system definitions, field-of-view indicators, TPoint data and models, and more.


Use the following procedure to make a backup of TheSkyX Application Support Files (ASF) folder—note that this is a description of the folder, not its name!...follow the link for details. You can simply make a duplicate copy in the same location, but for better safekeeping, a copy should be saved to a different storage device (e.g. a second internal or network drive, removable USB flash drive, or a writable CD or DVD).

  1. Mac: Use Finder to open the Library/Application Support/Software Bisque folder.
    Windows 10: Use File Explorer to open the Documents\Software Bisque folder.
    Windows (pre-10): Use Windows Explorer to open the My Documents\Software Bisque folder.
  2. Right-click on the ASF folder (whose name begins with "TheSkyX", followed by your chosen edition).
  3. From the pop-up menu, choose Copy; it's normal that nothing appears to happen.
  4. Navigate to your intended backup location, such as a folder on another drive.
  5. Right-click on the destination drive or folder.
  6. From the pop-up menu, choose Paste to write a copy of the ASF folder to this location.


  • You may optionally change the backed-up folder name, such as by adding the date, to help identify the particular backup.
  • You might wish to use a special backup application to schedule the automatic backing-up of your ASF folder on a regular basis.
  • Advanced users may want to invoke the read-only attribute for certain files in their working ASF folder to ensure that their content is not accidentally overwritten.


  • TheSkyX First Light Edition
  • TheSkyX Student Edition
  • TheSkyX Serious Astronomer Edition
  • TheSkyX Professional Edition


SBKB; backup; settings; TheSkyX Professional Edition; TheSkyX Serious Astronomer Edition; OS X; Windows

Last Reviewed: 2017-09-30

Brian S. Rickard
Software Bisque, Inc.

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