Why does my SkyScout display error message about magnetic fields from my location?
December 5, 2018
- The magnet icon on the left of the LCD screen, indicates the SkyScout is sensing some form of magnetic interference affecting its accuracy. When you have moved far enough away from the source of the interference, the magnet icon will disappear. Possible sources of interference are: electrical wires, motors, or large pieces of metal (e.g. car chassis).
2. An error message is usually displayed if the SkyScout is too close to an electromagnetic source such as generators or high-tension power lines. Avoid standing too close to large metal objects such as automobiles. Often moving 10-20 feet away will correct the problem, and the magnetic sensor icon should disappear. Sometimes it may appear while you are carrying metallic items or wearing heavy jewelry or belt buckles. Remove these items when using the SkyScout if the magnetic icon or error message appears.