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North/South in orbit mode around planet

A stupid question.  I'm using SkySafari 5 Plus (sorry, but just don't have $$$ to buy version 6 as I am not working and money is very tight).  I wanted to check Mars and its moons via the software to see if I'd been able to see Deimos/Phobos last night during my observing session.  Is there a way to match the software to simulate what I could expect to have seen in the FOV of my eyepiece, with North to the bottom (typical reversed image for a Newtonian scope).  I presume that when viewing Mars zoomed in (in orbit mode, or standard Earth mode), North is up (on device screen).  

I could see no way to add a simple North/South cursor/icon/marker.  

Cheers,

Dave

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    Bill Tschumy

    David,

    Sure, you can do that.  Two ways:

    1. In the Settings > Coordinates screen there are options to "Flip Vertically" and "Flip Horizontally"

    2. Using the upper right popup pane.  Tap the blue Field of View label in the chart's upper right.  This will bring up a popup panel with options to flip Horizontally, Vertically, or both.

    If you display a FOV reticle and tell it to "Draw Labels" then N, S, E, W will be labelled.

    Bill

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    David Pastern

    Thanks Bill.  I've had SkySafari for a while now, but haven't been a super high user up until recently.  

    I'm not sure what you mean by the "upper right popup pane" and can't figure out how to get that active.  

    How do I display a FOV reticle (that'd be actually perfect for me!).  Does that intelligently know whether to just invert the view, or invert and reverse the view, depending on the type of scope that you have?  

    Sorry to be so obtuse!

    Cheers,

    Dave

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    Bill Tschumy

    Maybe I wasn't clear.  You get this popup panel by "Tap the blue Field of View label in the chart's upper right".

    You configure FOV reticles in Settings > Telescope Display.  It does *not* intelligently flip the field based upon your scope type.

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    David Pastern

    I see a Blue text in the top right corner X amount of degrees by X amount of degrees.  When I left click on it, all I get is a musical chime from the program and nothing else.  I get no pop up.  I can see a circular outline, which I presume is the FOV, but I see no pop up, and no ability to adjust the FOV limits, etc.  Running SkySafari 5 plus on OS X 10.11.6 on my MacBook Pro (not on an iPad or iPhone).  

    Likewise, the settings menu does not have an entry for "telescope display".  

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    Bill Tschumy

    You have posted this in the iOS sub-forum.  I assumed you were talking about SkySafari on iOS.

    The popup menus do not exist on Mac as there are menu shortcuts to get to things easier.  The settings to flip are in the Coordinates settings screen.  There is a toolbar icon for this or you can get there using Cmd-F.

    On Mac the Telescope Display settings are under the Telescope menu, not the Settings menu.

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    David Pastern

    My bad Bill - i didn't even realise I'd posted in the wrong section (as you can see).  I'm a bit embarrassed by that!  Sorry!  Your assumption was reasonable.  

    cmd + F just takes me to the search bar.  But I did find the coords button, and the option to flip!  Win!!!

    I found the telescope display settings pane too - thank you (although it took me a few minutes to figure out how to get them to actually display on screen via the show settings even when not connected to telescope tick box).  

    Thank you Bill for your assistance once again.

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    Bill Tschumy

    Sorry, it is Cmd-Shift-F that takes you too Coordinates.

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    David Pastern

    Beautiful!  Thank you.  I'm taking notes.  The hard thing will be remembering all of this!!!!!

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