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How To Display Different Kinds Of Labels In Starry Night Pro Plus 8? (Answer: Read On!)

I just upgraded to Starry Night pro plus 8. 

In version 7, I was able to display the popular or common name as a label such as

M8: Lagoon Nebula

I can't seem to be able to do this in V8.  Has this been taken away or am I missing something?

 

 

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Philip, 

    Please attach a screenshot of the label as seen in SN7 that you would like to see in SN8.

    Thanks!

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    Philip Lanz

    I added two screenshots.  The first show how messier and ngc objects are labeled without any being selected .  The second shows M8's label after its been selected.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Growflavor

    Hi Keiron & Philip,

    Here is my view in SN8pp using Observing List "Messier Marathon"...all items in that specific observing list selected.

    In other words, I think I subconsciously had the same question as Philip but somewhat addressed it using an observing list.

    If appropriate here v a new post, I would value & appreciate to hear both of your perspective on the following:

    For me, Philip's question here raises the broader question: "What is SimC's  intended long term approach to user choice of names & designations to be displayed in Starry Night & SkySafari since pretty much every celestial object has multiple catalog identifiers/names?"

    Is my understanding correct that we can use just about any name identifier in search (e.g. the new cross ID index in the DSO dataset for SN8), but we need to use something like an Observing List if we want common names such as 'Lagoon" (or a specific catalog designation) shown?

    I do like SimC's direction (& enabling user community power) with the easy ability to share & import Observing Lists & I, personally, am ok with this functionality being used for naming conventions in this case  (or for the Nexstar Alignments stars that were handled by a database in SN7),

    in which case I see benefit in giving observing list labels Font Color & Font type controls like the databases have (including user databases some very old ones which I still use) and I would be willing to post a specific feature request for that.

    Kind regards, Chadwick

     

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Phillip, 

    In the screenshot below:

    1. I have chosen Options in the right side pane/search field
    2. Under Deep Space database I have chosen to Show Images, Show Markers, Show labels
    3. Under Object Types database I have chosen all available
    4. Under Source Catalog database I have chosen Messier

    Given that I have toggled all these database options "ON" Starry Night will show images, markers and labels for all these object types in the Messier catalog.  All of these labels are red.

    The outlines and fonts of these database labels can be customized a little bit if you open the sub-menu here.

    If I right-click on any object (i.e. M31 in my next screenshot) I can "Select" it as well, and this brings up a different kind of label.

    There is also a sub menu of additional options specific to that object only (i.e. Graph M31 or Show Info).

    This second kind of label is also the kind of label that is applied when using observing lists.

    And for extra goodness, this second kind of label is also fully customizable.

    Look in File > Preferences > Use Plain Labels > choose your preferred colour.

    Let me know if anything about what I have shared here is not clear.

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Chad, 

    Is my understanding correct that we can use just about any name identifier in search (e.g. the new cross ID index in the DSO dataset for SN8), but we need to use something like an Observing List if we want common names such as 'Lagoon" (or a specific catalog designation) shown?

    Yes.

    ...in which case I see benefit in giving observing list labels Font Color & Font type controls like the databases have (including user databases some very old ones which I still use) and I would be willing to post a specific feature request for that.

    Please do!

    Thanks!

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