Summary of Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts in the map display window

The following table summarises all of keyboard shortcuts you can use in the main window:

e

This key lets you rapidly display a global view of the Eastern horizon. The field is defined by a value for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

w or o

This key lets you rapidly display a global view of the Western horizon. The field is defined by a value for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

 

s

This key lets you rapidly display a global view of the Southern  horizon (see the Map tab of the Options dialogue box). The field is defined by a value for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

 

n

This key lets you rapidly display a global view of the Northern horizon. The field is defined by a value for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

E

Displays a view of the horizon centred near the zenith (at an altitude of 85°), oriented towards the East and having the value defined for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

 

W or O

Displays a view of the horizon centred near the zenith (at an altitude of 85°), oriented towards the West and having the value defined for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box..

 

S

Displays a view of the horizon centred near the zenith (at an altitude of 85°), oriented towards the South and having the value defined for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box.

 

 

N

Displays a view of the horizon centred near the zenith (at an altitude of 85°), oriented towards the North and having the value defined for the global field in the Field tab of the Options dialogue box..

 

z

This key allows you to quickly display a view of the Field type (that is to say, with North at the top) centred on the zenith of the current location. This view is displayed with a pre-defined zoom level which is corresponds to a value set in the Global Field list in the Field tab of the options dialogue box.

 

Z

Displays a 200° view of the horizon centred on the zenith and oriented towards the South.

a

The " a " key lets you quickly move to a view of the horizon centred on an Azimuth specified in the Azimuth field of the Map tab of the Options dialogue box. This view is displayed with a pre-defined zoom level which is corresponds to a value set in the Global Field list in the Field tab of the options dialogue box.

A

The " A " key lets you quickly move to a view of the horizon centred on an Azimuth specified in the Azimuth field of the Map tab of the Options dialogue box. The view is centered on a point at an altitude of 85° near the zenith.

g or G

The “g” (or “G”) key lets you move to (or stay in) a Field type of view (with North at the top by default) while maintaining the zoom level at the global value defined in the Field tab of the options dialogue box. The centre of the field is maintained.

 

   

f or F

The " f " (or " F") key lets you move rapidly to a view of the Field type (i.e. with North at the top of the screen by default) while keeping the same zoom level.

 

h or H

The " h " (or " H") key lets you move quickly to a Horizon type view (that is to say, with the nearest horizon vertically at the bottom of the view) while maintaining the zoom level.

+

The " + " key lets you increase the current date by an amount which can be defined in the Date tab of the Options dialogue box. A shortcut to quickly change the increment value is to make a Ctrl + right click with the mouse anywhere in the map. If you use this key when the view is set to the current time and date of the PC, you will automatically move to a fixed time and date.

 

-

The " - " key lets you decrease the current date by an amount which can be defined in the Date tab of the Options dialogue box. A shortcut to quickly change the increment value is to make a Ctrl + right click with the mouse anywhere in the map. If you use this key when the view is set to the current time and date of the PC, you will automatically move to a fixed time and date.

 

=

The " = " key lets you set the current date and time of the map to that of the PC.

 

$

The " * " key lets you quickly set or refresh the Reference points of the Polar Clock.

,

The “comma” key allows you to toggle quickly between a normal star display on the map and a contrasted one using colours specified in Stars tab of the options dialogue box.

 

*

The “asterisk” key lets you erase all the deep sky objects filters and a possible manual magnitude filter set in the Deep sky tab of the Options dialogue box. This shortcut saves you having to go to the Filter objects dialogue box to remove the filters one by one.

 

Right arrow

This key lets you shift the field to the right.*

Left arrow

This key lets you shift the field to the left.*

Up arrow

This key lets you shift the field towards the top.*

Down arrow

This key lets you shift the field towards the bottom.*

B

Copies the current cursor position to the text buffer

Space or X

Center the map on the last identified object

I

Clear the identification target after an object has been identified

   

*Simultaneously pressing CTRL when using the direction keys applies a factor of  0.1 times to the shifts. Similarly, pressing SHIFT applies a factor of 0.5 times and ALT a factor of 2 times. Finally, pressing CTRL and SHIFT together when using the direction keys applies a factor of 0,01 times to the shifts. Simultaneous use of these keys with the direction keys lets you speed up or slow down the rate of displacement of the map.

Shortcuts Using the Function Keys:

F1

Call program Help

F7

Display the Options dialogue box.

F2

Call the Find object dialogue box (or shift focus to the quick search box in the control panel if it is displayed). You can do the same thing by using Ctrl+f.

F8

Display the dialogue box giving access to images in the Digitized Sky Survey

F3

Zoom in

F9

Access the windows to browse the BT-Atlas images

F4

Zoom out

F11

Access the Image processing window.

F5

Previous field

F12

Access the background image management Window.

F6

Next field

 

 

Shortcuts with the Control Key:

Ctrl+A

Display the Asteroids et Comets tool.

Ctrl+N

Toggle the display of constellation names.

Ctrl+B

Display text buffer

Ctrl+O

Open a C2A configuration file (file extension .ccf)

Ctrl+C

Copy selected text to the Windows clipboard.

Ctrl+P

Request a print of the map.

Ctrl+D

Toggle display of coloured sky background

 

Ctrl+Q

Display the Planet Visibility tool.

Ctrl+E

Display the ephemerides production tool.

 

Ctrl+R

Display the Field markers dialogue box.

Ctrl+F

Call the Find object dialogue box. You can do the same thing with the F2 key. If the quick search area is displayed in the Control panel on the left of the C2A window, the cursor is positioned in the text entry zone. However, you can still diplay this search box by using SHIFT+Ctrl+F.

Ctrl+S

Save a C2A configuration file (file extension .ccf).

Ctrl+G

Toggle grid display.

Ctrl+T

Display the dialogue box which plots trajectories of Solar System objects.

Ctrl+H

Call the Field definition dialogue box. If the control panel is displayed, the cursor is positioned in the field definition zone.

Ctrl+U

Open and load a user catalogue .

 

Ctrl+I

Toggle meridian display.

Ctrl+V

Paste text from the Windows clipboard.

Ctrl+J

Toggle Milky Way display.

Ctrl+W

Display the planetary positions tool.

 

Ctrl+K

Toggle display of constellation lines.

Ctrl+X

No associated shortcut

Ctrl+L

Toggle display of the ecliptic.

Ctrl+Y

Toggle display of synthetic sky.

Ctrl+M

Call the page layout dialogue box for preparing printing.

Ctrl+Z

Display table of lunar phases

Ctrl+0

Display a list of all the shortcuts to user-defined observation locations

Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9

Quickly change the current observation location by using user-defined observation locations

 

Ctrl+F1

Toggle display of star labels.

Ctrl+F2

Toggle display of deep sky objects labels.

Ctrl+F3

Toggle display of Solar System objects labels.

Ctrl+F4

Not used at present

Ctrl+F5

Access remote catalogues dialogue box

Ctrl+F6

Display the dynamic catalogues dialogue box (catalogues ArasBeam, Exoplanet Transit Database and Meteor Shower to date).

Ctrl+F7

Capture the current view.

Ctrl+F8

Directly access ESO DSS images.

Ctrl+F9

Display full screen view

Ctrl+F11

Access to the Image Analysis tool

Ctrl+F12

Toggle “night vision” mode.

Ctrl+Ins

Copy the current map to the Windows clipboard.

 

 

 

 

Ctrl+Plus*
or
Ctrl+PgUp**

Increase the rotation of the primary CCD Field marker (Rectangle 1) by 1° when it is displayed.

Ctrl+Shift+Plus*
or
Ctrl+ Shift +PgUp

Increase the rotation of the primary CCD Field marker (Rectangle 1) by 3° when it is displayed.

Ctrl+Minus*
or
Ctrl+PgDown**

 

Decrease the rotation of the primary CCD Field marker (Rectangle 1) by 1° when it is displayed.

Ctrl+ Shift +Minus*
or
Ctrl+ Shift +PgDown

Decrease the rotation of the primary CCD Field marker (Rectangle 1) by 3° when it is displayed.

Alt+Plus*
or
Alt+PgUp**

Increase the rotation of the guiding camera marker by 1° when it is displayed.

Alt+Shift+Plus*
or
Alt+ Shift +PgUp

Increase the rotation of the guiding camera marker by 3° when it is displayed.

Alt+Minus*
or
Alt+PgDown**

 

Decrease the rotation of the guiding camera marker by 1° when it is displayed.

Alt+ Shift +Minus*
or
Alt+ Shift +PgDown

Decrease the rotation of the guiding camera marker by 3° when it is displayed.

* For these commands to work, you must use the numeric  + and – keys.

** PgUp and PgDown correspond respectively to the keys “Go one page up” and “Go to one page bottom”

Shortcuts with the SHIFT key

SHIFT+F1

Display the

telescope hand controller

SHIFT+F2

Connect to telescope

SHIFT+F3

Calculate the current C2A map so that the current telescope position is in the centre of the field.

SHIFT+F4

Launch telescope target tracking. The map is regularly recalculated so that the target at which the telescope is pointing is always in the centre of the current view. Note that this function only works when the telescope position is displayed in the current map initially.

SHIFT+F5

Meridian flip an equatorially mounted telescope

SHIFT+F6

No function performed

SHIFT+F7

No function performed

SHIFT + F8

Display the Observation planner tool.

SHIFT+F9

Display the Observation Scheduler tool.

 

SHIFT+F10

No function performed

SHIFT+F11

No function performed

SHIFT+F12

Display the  Telscope options dialogue box.

SHIFT+Ins

Display the observation logbooks window.

SHIFT+Del

Display the user images and observations window.

 

The following features do not have a shortcut associated with:

 

 

SHIFT+Plus*
ou
SHIFT+PgUp**

Increase the rotation of the field by in the trigonometric sense. For this command to work, you must be in a Field type view. The new value of field rotation is updated in the secondary tool bar .

 

SHIFT+Alt+Plus*
ou
SHIFT+Alt+PgUP**

Increase the rotation of the field by 0.in the trigonometric sense. For this command to work, you must be in a Field type view. The new value of field rotation is updated in the secondary tool bar .

 

SHIFT+Minus*
ou
SHIFT+PgDn**

Increase the rotation of the field by in the time sense. For this command to work, you must be in a Field type view. The new value of field rotation is updated in the secondary tool bar .

 

SHIFT+Alt+Minus*
ou
SHIFT+Alt+PgDn**

Increase the rotation of the field by 0.in the time sense. For this command to work, you must be in a Field type view. The new value of field rotation is updated in the secondary tool bar .

* The + and – keys of the numerical keypad must be used for these commands to work.
** PgUp and PgDn refer to the keys "Page Up" and "Page Down"

Shortcuts with the Shift and Control keys:

SHIFT+CTRL+U

Toggle display of object tags in user catalogues (SHIFT+CTRL+F7 does the same thing)

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F

Call the find an object dialogue box. The dialogue box is displayed even when the quick search area in the control panel  is available.

SHIFT+CTRL+F2

Export all the objects present in the current view to a text file (see the command Export objects… in the File menu).

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F3

Call the tool for displaying the ecliptic view.

SHIFT+CTRL+F4

Centre the current view on the landmark (the landmark must have already been positioned on an object with the right mouse button, Set landmark command).

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F5

Delete the landmark (the landmark must have already been positioned on an object with the right mouse button, Set landmark command).

SHIFT+CTRL+F6

Toggle the display of tags on Messier objects

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F7

Toggle the display of tags on objects in user catalogues (SHIFT+CTRL+U does the same thing).

SHIFT+CTRL+F8

Toggle the display of tags on user images

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F9

Toggle the display of tags on user observations

 

SHIFT+CTRL+F11

Toggle the display of tags on objects in dynamic catalogues

SHIFT+CTRL+F12

Display the tool to get the Sun rising, transit, setting and twilight times.

Keyboard shortcuts in the image processing window

The following table summarises the shortcuts available in the image processing window:

F3

Zoom in

G

Return to an un-zoomed display of the image

F4

Zoom out

 

 

Ctrl+o

Display the dialog box to open an image

Ctrl+s

Save the current image

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