Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB
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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:17 PM
Thanks for the report! I did not know that product was out there. I looked it up on the Orion site and it is supposed to work with my LS 8. Down the road a little, I am going to have to look into that kind of a thing.
Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:09 AM
I'm thinking about getting this product, so this information is helpful.
I believe it's identical to the Southern Stars SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller - USB - SKYFI.
It would be really convenient to use an iPad to control the telescope.
Posted 11 October 2014 - 11:18 AM
Thanks for the review. I'd been considering one of these to allow me to hook my laptop to my dob without tripping over or worrying about wires. This might do the trick.
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Posted 28 October 2014 - 10:54 AM
First light tonight with the SkyFi version of this product with my Ipad Mini. Short story: I agree with this review - fantastic product!
I have used the Celestron SkyQ wifi device with my CGEM and was very disappointed with it. It connected easily enough, but the Celestron software was not nearly as well developed as Sky Safari. I also had trouble (as in never got it to work) aligning my scope with the software. Another demerit: the SkyQ approach was to build the sky model in the iOS device, so you could not use the hand controller for much other than manual positioning. I do like the form factor of the SkyQ device since it plugs into the mount like a USB stick....but beyond that I can't recommend it.
With Sky Safari and SkyFi I could align the mount with the HC and then seamlessly take over control with the iPad. That one seemingly simple feature is the bit of techno magic that really delights me about this gadget. I can use the familiar HC for alignment and the iPad for the browsing the night sky. This has NexRemote beat by a mile!
It seems like such a minor thing, eliminating that step between looking at the chart and entering the specific coordinates or object reference into the HC to slew to a new target. But when I can scan the light polluted sky virtually, click on an interesting object and have the scope go there without being "leashed" to the mount....that is worth every penny.
That, plus my inner geek really enjoys watching the crosshairs slewing across the screen in time with the mount.