Starmap provides three ways of setting the location of the observer.
- Using the device auto-location feature.
- Selecting the nearest city.
- Entering/Saving coordinates by hand.
Go to the Location menu.
Using the auto-location of the device is the easiest way. On the top right part of the interface, simply press the auto location button.
The device will ask if Starmap is authorized to use your location (first time only). The autolocation uses or the GPS and the wifi connection when these are available.
Once your coordinates have been defined, a location will be added to the list, with the name Auto followed by the distance to the nearest large city in parenthesis. See below how to rename the created location. Note that Starmap will automatically select the right time zone, and take into account the local daylight savings. You should never have to touch these parameters.
Touch Locations to access the list of user locations stored in your device.
Touching the name of the location selects it as the position of the observer. When going back to the map, a new sky configuration is computed.
Pressing the blue arrow shows the edition panel for locations.
You may add your own location by pressing the + button in the top menu bar.
Touching its name lets the keyboard appear for its edition. Touching the coordinates gives access to the longitude and latitude scroll wheels.
Note that Starmap automatically selects the correct time zone an daylight savings option for the chosen coordinates. The time zone panel (and the daylight saving switch in the date preferences) are only there for giving a total control to the user, if ever needed.
You can store up to 20 locations in Starmap.
To delete a location, simply swipe your finger horizontally, across the location name. Press the Delete button to confirm. Touch elsewhere to cancel the deletion.
A quick way of setting a location is to select your nearest city. Touch Cities, then the search bar, and enter the letters of a city or country. Touch the city name to set the location.
Starmap contains a list of about 500 cities in the world. You will find a city within a range of 300 km. The accuracy is enough for simple star gazing. You will almost not notice the difference. Some users often request more cities to be included in Starmap. The only need for an accuracy smaller than 300 km exists when observing with a telescope. In this case, the needed accuracy is of the order of the kilometer, making any cities selection useless. Create your own location for your backyard in this case. Integrating more cities would be just a memory costing gadget.
You can choose to be asked of setting the location at every time Starmap is launched. For that, use the switch in the Location menu.