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Feature Requests - Split Screen, Show All deep sky objects, more granular solar system magnitude

1. Is there any plan to add split screen support on iPads?

2. There are many "hidden" deep sky objects in the database that don't show up on the sky view (I think because they have unknown magnitudes). It would be nice to have an option to show these objects. Two random examples: Sharpless 2-250, Sharpless 2-149

Currently the only way to find these is to specifically search for them. There are a lot of great objects here that are easily visible with cameras and even visually but most people won't know about them.

3. It would be nice to have more granular controls over Solar System objects. Planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and satellites are all very different objects yet they all share the same magnitude limit.

I currently have my magnitude limit at 7.0 and Callisto and Neptune are not visible at all even when zoomed in unless I search for them. Yet I see a bunch of dim satellites that I have no chance of ever seeing from my location.

If I turn up the magnitude them I have a bunch of objects I don't need. And if I turn off objects then maybe I'm missing satellites or comets that might be visible on a particular night.

Or you could have it change the magnitude limit when you zoom in the way you do with stars.

 

Something else on my wishlist: Showing live sunspots. We have high rez maps of moons and planets and we have up to the minute databases of comets and asteroids. How about a simple display of what sunspots are visible today? Easy to get an image from here https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/sunspots/

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen

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    Bill Tschumy

    Waseen,

    1. We had planned to add multi-tasking (split screen) to SkySafari 6.  However, the way Apple implemented it, it means we cannot programmatically disable auto rotation.  We use that feature a couple of places in SkySafari.  We reluctantly decided to leave multi-tasking out until Apple resolves this.

    2. We have talked about this and I will look into it again before we ship.

    3. I'm afraid doing so would make the already complex UI even more complicatied.  We can look into it though.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Waseem Malhi

    Thanks for consideration

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    Jeffrey Wilson

    Waseem,

    I was interested in the Sharpless catalog as well.  I found a workaround of sorts.  Do a search for Sharpless.  This will bring up all the items.  You can then "Make into Observing List".  Open up the observing list and change the actions to "Highlight Objects".  The sky view will now have circles around all the items.

    Alas, they are only circled and cannot be selected in the sky view, but at least you can see where they are located and maybe click on a nearby star.

    So, my feature suggestion would be to allow for selecting items that are highlighted in an observing list.

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    Bill Tschumy

    You most certainly can select items that are highlighted on the screen.  You might need to zoom in a bit to do so.  If there are stars inside the deep sky object we might select the star preferentially.  However if you zoom in and tap on a non-star area it should select the Sharpless object.  The only case where this might not be true is if there is no visual magnitude cataloged for the object.  If you find one, let me know.

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    Jeffrey Wilson

    Bill, you are right.  Stars were usually being selected preferentially.  It sometimes took a few taps on my iPad to get the item selected.  Some of the Sharpless objects I tried had no visual magnitude listed, but after a few taps I was able to get them selected.  Thanks for the quick reply.

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    Bill Tschumy

    Jeffery,

    Great.  At one point I think is was not possible to select an object without a magnitude but I thought we had changed that.  Thanks for the confirmation that is now working.

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