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Controlling EQ-5/6 mounts using BTDir and Sky Safari on Android

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#1 StarmanDan

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:43 AM

At one time, there was an app called Virtuoso Telescope Control which simulated the mount's handset and allowed Sky Safari on your phone/tablet to connect directly to SkyWatcher compatible mounts using a shoestring BTdir module without needing the hand control.  This app appeared to "listen" to Sky Safari's wifi communication and redirect it through the phone/tablet's bluetooth which is paired to the BTdir module on the mount.  The app appears to no longer be in development as the last update to it was almost 4 years ago, is no longer on google play, and while I was able to find an APK for it, the app crashes immediately upon launching it on both my Samsung S7 phone and LG tablet.  Now I know that I could get a SkyFi, but I'd rather not lose my phone/tablets's wifi connection for a direct link and I don't want to go through a router either, and the SkyBT requires going through the handset which I'm trying to eliminate.  Seems like something like this would be popular, ditch the handset for your phone/tablet, but I guess not.  Does anyone know of anything else which might do a similar thing?




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