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Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 09:02 AM

Orion Starseek Wifi Module Serial/USB

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:30 AM

Thanks for the very good review. I have been curious about the Orion Starseek. It sounds like a good product.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:21 PM

Great review thanks! I think its important to be up with current technology!

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:50 PM

I use SkySafari at the Texas Star Party with my iPad. So easy to look at a lot of objects in a short amount of time. Didn't use the wireless, but used a cable because of internet problems at the star party. This software works great. I do have SkyFi and it works great too. Wireless is the better way to go if there is no interference. No cable wrap problems. Once did step on my cable and it pulled my iPad off the table.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:30 AM

It's a good product. You don't need to necessarily use it with an iPad or iPod touch either. It will quite happily allow you to connect any planetarium software on a laptop also - but you may require a serial port to TCP/IP program. One word of caution though, I have run into a problem occasionally with my Skywatcher EQ6 mount where the mount slewed the wrong direction and collided the mount to get to a target. I think this software glitch has been fixed in the latest versions of the app, but I would do a few test runs and keep an eye on the mount before getting too relaxed with it.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 03:02 PM

A very easy to use free virtual port program is HW VSP3. It works flawlessly with the Starseek and various planetarium programs (I use Cartes du Ciel).

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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.


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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.

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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.


Great review



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 08:28 PM

Android yet?


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:45 PM

I'm using Starseek WiFi with Sky Safari on my iPad and it works great. I use it on both my XT10g and LXD55.You can get Sky Safari for Android but you can't use WiFi. With Android you have to use a Bluetooth device rather than WiFi.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:41 PM

Android yet?

No, not unless you root your droid and void your warranty, something I'm not willing to do.  Google doesn't allow adhoc wifi connections.  For droid you have to use Bluetooth, and for iOS/mac and Win x64 you have to use wifi.

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