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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

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen


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    Bill Tschumy


    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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