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frequent compass recalibration

Hi...

Just purchased and downloaded SkySarari Plus on iPad.

When using the compass mode, the system (not sure if it's iOS or SkySafari), frequently wants me to recalibrate the compass.   The calibration screen seems to take over or "fight" with SkySafari with the two battling each other.   

Any suggestions on what may be going on here?

 

 

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    Dmlounsbury

    Do you have a cover with magnets in it i.e., one that causes the iPad to sleep when you close it? 

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    Corby

    indeed I do....

    Something tells me that's the culprit, eh?

    Would the only solution be to take it off?

     

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    Bill Tschumy

    In my experience the Apple magnetic cover doesn't negatively affect the compass readings.  If you have a 3rd party cover with magnets, all bets are off.

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    Corby

    Mine is third party.   Removing it seems to have resolved the problem, so far.   I've played with it for about 10 minutes and haven't had the recalibration issue.

    I wonder if Apple uses weaker magnets.   It clearly makes sense that a magnet would confuse a compass.

    Thank you

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    Bill Tschumy

    Apple's magnets are pretty strong. It may be that they are positioned in such a way that the device can filter out the magnetic field.  Glad you figured out the problem.

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    Corby

    Actually...you figured it out  :)

    Maybe consider putting this info in the manual or FAQ.  

    I did look around for this problem before posting and didn't find anything.

    Cheers

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    Bill Tschumy

    I think Dmlounsbury mentioned it first although I would have suggested it as well.  

    We do have an FAQ entry on the compass.  I will try to add it there.

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    Corby

    Thank you both.   Oddly enough, I had moved outside to make sure none of the electronics around my office were causing interference, not even thinking about the magnets right there on the cover...

     

     

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