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Suggestions for easier star hopping

I use SkySafari 5 Pro to star hop on my Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet.
There are two suggestions that would make SS much better.

1. With the eyepiece circle visible, add an arrow that points to the currently selected object.
I have to often zoom in and out in order to find where to go next, several times during
one star hop.

2. When getting ready to move to the next object, I zoom out to get an overview of the
sky. Say I am just finished with observing an object. The limiting magnitude I set was
15. Now I zoom out to find the next object in the sky. SS changes the limiting mag, but
it still shows way too many stars. So every time I have to manually change by tapping into
the top left corner, and tap - until SS roughly matches the sky. When staring to sky hop, I
change to the eyepiece view and now, SS does not display enough stars, so I have to tap +
again. I have to do this many times and it gets annoying. So, way suggestion is to add another
tap, maybe on the bottom, that brings up a slider that quickly allows to drag it until the
limiting magnitude is what I want it to be. I have attached an image.
(I know I can do this vis settings, but I'm looking for something quick and easy).

Thanks,
Sven

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    Chris Brandt

    I really like suggestion #1, I've had to do this hundreds of times, although there might be a nicer way to do it without using an actual arrow over part of the field.

    Suggestion 2 is a bit more difficult of a challenge that I think they're working on for the next SS release. This is a long known issue and I completely agree, I do this a lot as well and would love to see some improvements. Ultimately, I would like to set a maximum limiting mag to my telescope when zoomed in to a smaller field, but the current scale doesn't really allow for that.

    Chris

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    Rapettif

    What about tapping "Locate"? Won't that accomplish #1?

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    Chris Brandt

    I believe locate only works when in compass mode and are trying to find where something is in the sky. For star hopping, compass mode wouldn't be an option. Unless locate can be used in a way I'm not aware of?

    Chris

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    Rapettif

    You're right, wouldn't work for star hopping. I forgot it only worked in compass mode, sorry.

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    Karsten Koch

    Yes! The "guidance arrow" is an even better idea than the one I submitted to have objects on an observing list connected with lines. With the arrow, you'll never get off track!!

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