Skywire for Nexstar
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:04 PM
I still have the Nexstar 6SE and plan a GOTO upgrade for my SW 12" Flextube. I also have iPhone 4S and an iPod 3 with most astronomy programs, Skysafari included.
I consider getting a Skywire for enhanced GOTO experience. I would apreciate any comments from your personal experiences about functionality, usability, practicality etc. I would love to give new life to my Orange gem. Thank you!
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:43 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:19 PM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:55 AM
In fact, I DID. I love it. Works great. And it is super nice not being tied to the scope with a cable.
I guess a downside on the wifi devices is that they need power. You can either feed them batteries, or power them externally. In my case, it will run off the same external battery I use to power the scope.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:16 PM
I should stick with this subforum, I feel at home here and I'll stop spending for eyepieces!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:18 PM
Here's a link to You tube showing "Skyfi" in use. Skywire, as far as I know, works just the same but is of coarse, linked to the scope by cable. It is also much cheaper, at least here in the U.K it is.
I too have been pondering for some time the purchase of Skyfi for controlling my scope via SkySafari.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:25 PM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:49 PM
About the Ski-fi though, I'll be honest with you kkokkolis that I've had a ton of trouble getting it to line up properly. I haven't tried it since I got my new iPhone 4, but with the iPhone 3 I never really got it to work properly. It moved the scope fine, even the rate control worked well. And I would prefer to use the iPhone (or iPad) instead of the hand controller, but for whatever reason I could never get it to sync the center of the scope with the bullseye from the App.
It may work better with the 4, I haven't tried yet, but that was my experience so far. I actually haven't messed with it in a while because the Skysafari App as a star map works just fine by itself, and I prefer the time I get behind the scope to be spent observing and not getting frustrated at an iPhone app.
But that's just my experience. I've read plenty of others who have had great luck with it. I think there's a thread in here somewhere where someone built a mount for their iPad to hook up to the scope mount which looked amazingly cool.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:53 AM
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:32 AM
I have been playing with SkySafari quite a bit and it is great. Very easy to use.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:49 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:36 PM
Now I have to solve these problems:
1. Where to put the iPhone (I used a fabric case but I am thinking of something like a wing thing)
2. How to avoid damage to all these cables.
3. How to keep the battery going for prolonged observations (the iPhone battery I mean).
4. How to turn the iPhone's screen red when in lock screen and main screen modes.
Anyway, the Skywire was fun and much easier to use than the Nexstar's software. It shows many more objects, such as Vesta and Satelites. It is much easier to search and select an object. It is unbelievably easier to read info for the objects and these are in depth with corresponding photographs providing a means of identification. Once you connect it is easy and fast to disconnect and connect at any time. The mount keeps the alignment. From the Nexstar I only used the arrows because the onscreen arrows are very small (with iPad there shouldn't be such a problem).
Overall the iPhone/ SkySafari/ Nexstar combination is a whole new experience, highly informative and enjoyable. When I'll get the SW GOTO Dobsonian mount for the 12" I expect the same level of functioning but we'll see.
I will update as soon as I'll have a proper cloudless observing session that will give me the opportunity to test precision, although it seems that precision is relying on a good mount alignment that is still made with the Nexstar's internal software. The Skywire takes over afterwards, using info from the mount.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:46 AM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:52 AM
Pretty dismayed at this point.