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Right Click--GOTO object

3 months 3 days ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42806
FYI, if I understand you right, I have a reasonable workaround that I have been using.

To set it up, one time only, go to the KStars settings menu, click 'Configure Shortcuts', search for slew, click on 'slew the telescope to the mouse pointer position', and under custom click input, and input some beyboard shortcut, and click OK. I use control-l (letter L) for the shortcut, which overrides something else, but of course you can choose what you want.

Then on the sky map all you have to do is click on your target and type your keyboard shortcut.

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3 months 3 days ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42807
This is what I have so far. Maybe after 3.3.5 we can revisit this.


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3 months 3 days ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42810
That is much better Jasem, the clutter of the multiple INDI submenus that mostly don't do anything and change order every time you connect to the INDI server is gone. The functions you put in that submenu are still very useful and they work well in that submenu, since they are associated with that INDI device and most of them are relevant to the skymap point that you clicked. But the critical Goto function is still in a submenu. The main thing I use the skymap for during an observing session is to look around the sky, select a target, and goto the target. I know that everyone uses the program in different ways, and there are many useful features in the contextual menu, but I think GOTO object is one of the primary commands that should be easily accessible. I think it should right under the Center & Track menu item when telescopes are connected.

Hy's suggestion of a keyboard shortcut to goto an object could be a viable solution to the problem as well. In fact, other Astronomy programs I have seen allow you to select another key while you click on an object, such as ctrl, to tell your telescope to goto the object. That would work well. But it does have a couple of drawbacks. There could be more than one mount connected and which one would go when you ctrl-click the object? Also a keyboard shortcut is not as beginner friendly as a menu item since you can't see any visual indication that you can ctrl-click. Also it might be too easy to accidentally be pushing the button when you click on the skymap and not realize it. But yes, this would be a good solution as long as it is not too easy to accidentally slew your telescope.

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3 months 3 days ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42827
What I do is this
1. Focus on the object with Find, Double Click or optionally set the advanced option to enable Left Click selects Object.
2. Bind a quick-key shortcut to Slew Telescope to the focused object. I use CTRL+Media Play. CTRL+ helps avoid accidental triggering.
3. Alternately use the Slew telescope to focused object button in the telescope control toolbar.

I also have Slew to mouse pointer bound to CTRL+Return to go to an undesignated coordinate, often referring to the DSS overlay for framing.

Bottom line is I rarely use the right-click popup menu.

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3 months 2 days ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42855
Yes, I'm also using the toolbar button. Unfortunately that only slews to targets, and not to the position of your FOV. If the target is 'nothing' the mount doesn't move :(

So for me the 'ideal' solution would be to patch the toolbar function to also go to empty positions...

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Right Click--GOTO object #42887

Yes, I'm also using the toolbar button. Unfortunately that only slews to targets, and not to the position of your FOV. If the target is 'nothing' the mount doesn't move :(

Try setting up Slew to mouse pointer as a shortcut. Just position the pointer over the location you want and it will GOTO that spot.

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3 months 1 day ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42891

Ihoujin wrote:

Yes, I'm also using the toolbar button. Unfortunately that only slews to targets, and not to the position of your FOV. If the target is 'nothing' the mount doesn't move :(

Try setting up Slew to mouse pointer as a shortcut. Just position the pointer over the location you want and it will GOTO that spot.


The thing is, for that you have to point exactly at the center of the FOV. I've already defined a 1 arcmin crosshair in the center that I can use for that. But the system of course already knows the exact coordinates, so why do I have to find them myself and click there?
From the user POV, the 'target' is where I'm currently pointing at. I usually first decide on the exact pointing in the starmap (with help of a sensor FOV marker) and once I'm happy I slew there. So a 'Slew to target' should go to whatever the current center coordinates are, and not only if they match some stored target coordinates :(
And if 'slew to target' can really only go to predefined locations, we likely want a new option/function 'slew to pointing coordinates'

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3 months 1 day ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42892
Slew to Target does not go to specific target coordinate, it goes to wherever RA/DE the mount was tracking when you started the solve.

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3 months 1 day ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42893
Hmm, I don't mean the Solve&Slew from Align, but the toolbar icon 'slew to target'. If the displayed target is 'nothing', i.e., not a named object, that button will do nothing.
IMHO it should still move to the center location.....

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Right Click--GOTO object #42896
I'm thinking it could be clicked by mistake and you don't want to have your mount moving to some random location. Maybe extra confirmation box?

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3 months 1 day ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42898
Don't know - I'm not too big a fan of triple safety nets :D
But the random location could as well be a named target - that doesn't mean you want to go there just because it has a name. So if no one complained so far that the mount went somewhere he/she didn't want it, it's safe to do the same if it is pointing at any coordinates (of course also still with the usual checks like 'below horizon').
I'd say the icon in the toolbar is far enough away (and IIRC not even enabled by default) to not be clicked accidentally.

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3 months 1 day ago
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Right Click--GOTO object #42926
The slew to mouse pointer will go wherever the pointer is positioned without having to specify it's coordinates and will effectively do what Right Click>Track does when not on an catalogued target.
Other options you might consider include creating flags or manually add DSO details under the Data tab.
Lastly, are you familiar with the FITS image viewer function that allows your to target an area of an image with WSC coordinates to center onto?

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Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
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PHD2
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