Keyboard Commands

Navigation Keys

Arrow Keys

Use the arrow keys to pan the display. Holding down the Shift key doubles the scrolling speed.

+ / -

Zoom In/Out

Ctrl+Z

Restore the default Zoom setting

Ctrl+Shift+Z

Zoom to specified field-of-view angle

0–9

Center Display on a major Solar System body:

  • 0: Sun

  • 1: Mercury

  • 2: Venus

  • 3: Moon

  • 4: Mars

  • 5: Jupiter

  • 6: Saturn

  • 7: Uranus

  • 8: Neptune

  • 9: Pluto

Z

Center the display at the Zenith Point (straight up)

N

Center the display above the North point on the horizon

E

Center the display above the East point on the horizon

S

Center the display above the South point on the horizon

W

Center the display above the West point on the horizon

Ctrl+T

Toggle tracking mode

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Advance the simulation clock backwards by one time step

>

Advance the simulation clock forwards by one time step

Menu Shortcuts

Ctrl+D

Download extra data

Ctrl+O

Open a FITS image in the FITS Editor

Ctrl+I

Export sky image to a file

Ctrl+L

Run a KStars Observation Planner

Ctrl+R

Run a KStars D-Bus script

Ctrl+P

Print the current sky map

Ctrl+Q

Quit KStars

Ctrl+E

Sync the simulation clock with the current system time

Ctrl+S

Set the simulation clock to a specified Time and Date

Ctrl+Shift+F

Toggle full-screen mode

Ctrl+0

Define equipment (telescope, eyepiece, lens and filter) characteristics for observation logs

Ctrl+1

Add a new observer item for your observation logs

Space

Toggle between the Horizontal and Equatorial Coordinate Systems

F1

Open the KStars Handbook

F5

Switch sky chart view to the Lambert azimuthal equal-area projection.

F6

Switch sky chart view to the azimuthal equidistant projection.

F7

Switch sky chart view to the orthographic projection.

F8

Switch sky chart view to the equirectangular projection.

F9

Switch sky chart view to the stereographic projection.

F10

Switch sky chart view to the gnomonic projection.

Actions for the Selected Object

Each of the following keystrokes performs an action on the selected object. The selected object is the last object which was clicked on (identified in the status bar). Alternatively, if you hold down the Shift key, then the action is performed on the centered object instead.

C

Center and Track on the selected object

D

Open the Details window for the selected object

L

Toggle a name label for the selected object

O

Add the selected object to the observing list

P

Open the selected object's popup menu

T

Toggle a trail on the selected object (solar system bodies only)

Tools Shortcuts

Ctrl+F

Open the Find Object window, for specifying a sky object on which to center

Ctrl+M

Open the Set Coordinates Manually tool, for specifying RA/Dec or Az/Alt coordinates on which to center

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Start an Angular Distance measurement at the current mouse cursor position. The angular distance between start and end points is displayed at the endpoint.

Ctrl+G

Open the Set Geographic Location window

Ctrl+C

Open the AstroCalculator

Ctrl+A

Open the Altitude vs. Time tool

Ctrl+U

Open the What's Up Tonight? tool

Ctrl+W

Open the What's Interesting tool

Ctrl+B

Open the Script Builder tool

Ctrl+Y

Open the Solar System Viewer

Ctrl+J

Open the Jupiter Moons tool