SkyQ, Ap, Ipad Users Experience Wanted
Posted 14 June 2013 - 11:47 AM
I like the setup because it only contains the small plugin adapter and then whichever 1 of the 3 devices you choose to run the app on. As the old adage says, Keep It Simple Smartee!
Best of luck with whatever you choose,
Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:16 PM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:37 PM
I just received the male version today. I installed the batteries, unpaired the female version from both my phone and tablet, paired the new male version on both devices, switched the Bluetooth device selection under "settings" in the Skysafari app on both devices and successfully connected the scope to the app. It's that simple.
To add my thoughts on Jeffreys comments regarding the control device, I'll say that while it's extremely convenient to use my phone, its VASTLY easier to use the app with the tablet. While my Razr has a fairly large screen for a phone, the tablet's screen size advantage is immediately obvious.
Whichever app you chose, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:08 PM
The ipad mini I bought is has a wireless network chip, although I am not at this time subscribed to a phone service or data plan. (+) So equipped, the ipad is able to tell my location and coordinates via the "assisted GPS" function. (+) The app allows you to manually enter you coordinates, so if you have a wi-fi only device, I think this app will still work for you.
(+)Using the app as a simple planisphere is a treat, being able to raise it up, and point it around is very intuitive. (-)If you walk around with it for a while, it seems to get confused where north is, and you have to reboot the app. (-) the red night vision mode still has too many annoying white buttons and text. A caution to those wanting to use this app on an iphone; I find that I have to use reading glasses to use the app, even with the settings set to "larger labels" so, I think a smaller iphone screen would mean constant zooming. (+) There is a moon map, however, (-)I can't figure out how to zoom in on it, or even if I can. Also,(-) there should be a way to mirror image the map, as obviously, a true orientation map is kind of useless for a Newtonian user.
I have not had a good opportunity to set up my CPC-800 outdoors and test the kit as a system, but I have done an indoor "false alignment" to try things out. (+) the wireless link worked OK, although a few times I seemed to lose the connection. (-)The alignment method is three-star only, with no option to reselect an alignment star. (-) Why would Celestron not give the same alignment options available with the HC? (-) the biggest headache I had comes with alignment. Once you select an alignment star, four faint red arrows appear on the screen, which are to enable you to center the object. When I try to pick the arrows, at least 75% of the time, all that happens is the sky chart moves around and changes scale instead. I finally resorted to plugging in the HC to aid with alignment. At first this seemed like it was working, but then this seemed to confuse the software, and my HC flashed a message saying it didn't recognize my scope. All in all, I think the false alignment confused the system (because I tried to test the centering buttons, and moved off of the alignment stars theoretical positions) so when I tried to go back to one of my alignment stars, the motors made a weird noise, then the scope wildly shot off in a random direction. At that point, I turned off the app, and tried the HC again. Now it doesn't recognize my scope... After turning it on and off a few times, I finally got "CPC ready". I hope there is no damage.
I found no useful help within the app, or Celestron.com (except some FAQ's), or any user's manual. All of these would beat a strictly trial and error learning methodology.
So, my initial indoor test was uninspiring, but I'm not going to kick and scream until I get the whole kit outside for a better test drive. Will follow up.
Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:22 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:54 AM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:36 AM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:37 AM
Pick a target on the iPad. Fire the camera and view images on the iPhone. Another glass of wine. Repeat.
I'm sure that once you get the nuances worked out you can have the same experience. We hope!
Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:00 PM
The cable that came with my telescope is a 9 pin serial female (no pins) to RS 232 (phone jack). Is that the only cable required to use the SkyFi? No gender conversion etc..? So, if that is true, then the setup is: Skyfi cables to Hand Control bottom, and Hand Control hooks to telescope in it's normal fashion. That seems pretty straight forward. Want to verify before ordering.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:04 AM
I use a full sice iPad and have the same problems with the arrows they mostly don't react when tapping on them. Because of that i tryed alligning with the HC and switched then to the Skyq app. But then the app doesn't recognise that the scope is allready alligned and displays the message that the scope must first be alligned. Hope ther is a fix for the problem with the SkyQ app arrows....
Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:00 PM
Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:55 AM