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#1 Edward E

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

I see lots of posts here and over @ the NexStar forum about Skysafari but almost nothing about Skyq. I saw a demo of the app at Starzona in Tucson, AZ and found the app to be easy to use, feature rich and now one can align & GOTO with the same app. So why no comments about Skyq? Is anyone using it? if not, why?

Me? I do not have the hardware to run any app; just a laptop. I'm still using NexRemote with a wireless game controller and StarChart 3.x or Asrtoplanner 2.x to control my C 11 GPS. Would I use Skyq? From what I have seen, Yes, if I could afford the hardware.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

I downloaded the SkyQ app when I thought I was going to buy a Celestron mount. I played with it and liked it quite a bit, but after discovering this web site and reading a lot of the comments here, I downloaded Sky Safari -- and there was no looking back for me. Sky Safari runs rings around the Celestron app.

The major problem with the SkyQ *hardware* is that nothing can connect to it except Celestron's own app, which is a bit lacking when compared with state of the art apps like Sky Safari, as I mentioned above.

I ended up sending back my SkyQ hardware, and I deleted the SkyQ app. Now have Sky Safari Pro and SkyFi, and that combination works like a charm.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

The major problem with the SkyQ *hardware* is that nothing can connect to it except Celestron's own app, which is a bit lacking when compared with state of the art apps like Sky Safari, as I mentioned above.
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I did notice that The Sky X connected to it in their video.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:24 AM


The major problem with the SkyQ *hardware* is that nothing can connect to it except Celestron's own app, which is a bit lacking when compared with state of the art apps like Sky Safari, as I mentioned above.
-- Chris


I did notice that The Sky X connected to it in their video.


Good info, but TheSkyX isn't in the same ballpark price-wise and requires a laptop.

-- Chris

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:26 PM


The major problem with the SkyQ *hardware* is that nothing can connect to it except Celestron's own app, which is a bit lacking when compared with state of the art apps like Sky Safari, as I mentioned above.
-- Chris


I did notice that The Sky X connected to it in their video.


Good info, but TheSkyX isn't in the same ballpark price-wise and requires a laptop.

-- Chris


The new mounts and maybe even SkyQ are shipping with a version called... brain stopped working.. I think first light edition of The Sky X.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

The new mounts and maybe even SkyQ are shipping with a version called... brain stopped working.. I think first light edition of The Sky X.


I've bad news for you: my brain has been doing that for years. It doesn't get better. In fact, it %}^~{}?< :crazyeyes:

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