17 December 2018

DSP Mobile: Observing Locations

Any astronomical application must use the observer's location to produce accurate calculations. Deep-Sky Planner Mobile Edition (DSPME) is no different, and it provides 3 ways to set your observing location.

[Note: Screenshots for this post were made on a 9.7" iPad tablet with the Nightvision app style.]

Provided Locations

Over 400 locations ship with DSPME. You can browse the list and choose a location to be your observing location. If you need a location that is not provided in the database, you can add it by importing a file, or you can add one manually.

Import Locations

To import locations, you export locations to a file in Deep-Sky Planner Desktop Edition and store it on a Cloud Service. Next, you import the file using the Import from Cloud feature. The locations file is downloaded to your device and the locations in the file are imported into the app's database. Locations with duplicate site names are not imported.

Import from Cloud: Adding locations by importing

Enter Manually

To add a location to the database manually, use the Locations feature. You can add a New location, Edit an existing one or Delete an existing one.

Add or Edit a new location

If your device has location services (network location or GPS), you can read location information from the sensor and save it to a location.

Use location services - network info or GPS
If you need to revert to the original set of locations that shipped with DSPME, you can Restore Default so that you don't have to uninstall and reinstall the app to get a clean database.

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