I have recently returned to the astro area from many years ago. While I still had a 25+ year old manual 4.5 inch reflector, I decided to get a new Goto scope.
My initial choice was a Meade 5.1...which turned out to be just awful. Image image quality was poor and best, the initial tripod broke in 2 days. A replacement tripod was not much better. Any kind of photos were terrible with about any camera or setup. After a few conversations with Meade...where they said the StarNavigator model was NOT suitable for astrophotography...I gave up on it.
I've had my new Celestron Nexstar 8 SE now for a few days. So far its been great on every level. I'm just beginning to work with photo things and trying to use the various software they included with it. Their laptop package...called CPWI...as worked great so far. It connects to scope via the scope attached WiFi module. Make both alignment and using Goto things so so much easier. The laptop controls the goto functions from star maps on screen or from lists.
Their second software product was called Sky Portal ...which goes on your phone or tablet. It also is designed to use the same Wifi setup. So far that has been a no go as it can never connect to the scope. I always get a Failure message from both an iPnone X or an iPad Mini 4. The laptop is neither connected or powered up with trying this. I just cant get the iOS devices to connect at all. They have a laptop version called Stary NIghts and it cant connect either.
My goal here is to use the iPad to control where the scope points and to use the Laptop to capture images using a dedicated astrocam (ZWO ASI224MC). I will have the ZWO later this week to try. It connects via a USB cable (I think) directly to laptop. So laptop is used to verify focus and placement and iPad for scope movement and centering. Then image capture starts with only laptop. I know I could run both on laptop, but thought that might be harder.
Any ideas why Sky Portal on the iOS decices cant connect? I have tried may times with different connection options and none work.