The Image Version Inspector

When you choose one or more images in the Browser, the Image Version Inspector along the right side of Observatory’s window will display the metadata of the selection. This metadata is retrieved, normalized and stored in the Observatory library upon importing the images. You can edit this metadata here without altering your master images.

Version Inspectors
Version Inspectors

Towards the top, you’ll see a thumbnail of the image and its name. If you just imported the image, this may be the file name, but you can modify it here. Next to it is a lock icon. It allows you to lock the image version, to protect it against changes. If you marked your image as a favorite, or archived it, then you will see an indicator here too.

Unless the image version is locked, or its album is, you can edit most information presented in this inspector. You are not limited to editing the metadata for one image at a time. You can select many images, and the inspector will clearly indicate which metadata is common or different among them, and allows you to alter it for all selected images at once.

If you made an accidental change, just choose Edit ▸ Undo (⌘Z).

The inspector is organized in sections. You can collapse sections you are not interested in. You can also reorder the sections, but putting your mouse cursor between the disclosure triangle and section title, and clicking/dragging the section up or down to another position.

The Observation inspector

The Instrument inspector

The Location inspector

The WCS inspector

The values in the WCS inspector cannot be changed directly. Instead, they are retrieved from the image when importing, or updated when plate solving was successful.

The Organize inspector

The Note inspector

When you import an image that contains comments or a processing history, Observatory will copy them as a note associated with the image. But it also allows you to add your own notes to each of your images. With this inspector you can view and edit it. If you have selected it, you can even press ⌘F to search inside the note.

Albeit handy, there isn’t much room in the inspector. Choose Image ▸ Edit Note… (⌘') to open a much bigger, resizable Dialog for editing the note. There you can also press ⌘F to search inside the note, or click the icon near the bottom left of the Dialog.