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Visible Sky Area Settings Explained

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Setting your visible sky area allows you to specify whether you are observing from a city, suburb, or countryside location. You can set your location settings. It is also possible to limit your telescope's movements depending on where you are observing, which can be useful if you want to avoid the telescope targeting objects that might be blocked by a wall or other obstacle.

 

How to reach your visible sky area settings

Go to the settings menu which can be accessed from any of the main pages : Homepage, Catalog, Science, or Gallery.

Tap on the settings button (in the top right corner) to access the settings menu.

Once in the settings menu, tap on Visible sky area.

 

Sky quality settings

Here, you can also select whether you are observing from a city, suburb or countryside location, which will affect the list of objects in the catalog according to the brightness of your night sky.

Note: Faint objects are only visible in the catalog when countryside is selected, these objects usually require longer exposure times and good sky quality with little light pollution.

 

Location Settings

If you tap on location, you’ll be able to activate or deactivate “Automatic location”. The app will need to have access to your location and GPS must be activated on your device to be able to use “Automatic location”.

Note: you can deactivate “Automatic location” and manually enter your latitude and longitude. This can be helpful if you are observing from a place with little to no GPS data available.

 

Limit your telescope's movements

You can limit your telescope's movements depending on where you are observing, which can be useful if you want to avoid the telescope targeting objects that might be blocked from your view by a wall or other obstacle.

Adjust the handlers to limit the telescope altitude and azimuth rotation. The purple area will define where the telescope can rotate.

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