Skysafari doesn't have the GPS. Skysafari gets the data from the GPS of the phone.
I am unsure if the steps are therefore as expected:
Just ask for confirmation the following steps are right:
1. turn on Starsense, bluetooth-serial, and tablet
2. run Skysafari, connect to telescope via bluetooth. This step will automatically update location/date/time in Starsense HC?
3. disconnect scope from Skysafari (do I need this step?)
4. perform Starsense Auto Align as usual till finish
5. reconnect scope from Skysafari (do I need step 3 and this step)
6. choose objects and goto from Skysafari
So my question is do I have to disconnect Skysafari from HC before performing the Starsense Auto Align (and reconnect them afterwards)?
So 1 looks reasonable.
2 seems questionable. On my Android the GPS data is from the tablet and it HAS to to be enable to give out the data to apps. Basically the app has to ask and the tablet has to allow and give.
3 Seems utterly useless, you have just removed part of the system/setup.
4 Guess the data will have gone, Doubt it will align.
5 Sometime but not sure when.
6 Only after Skysafari has connected and is synched to the same as the scope.
You seem to have the thought that Skysafari is the central item, it isn't the phone/tablet is the central item.
Just about all the problem here is the use of assorted apps. Also the paragraph:
I usually enter (location)/date/time manually before Starsense auto alignment, then connect Skysafari on my tablet via bluetooth. Everything is working fine.
In a way says a lot. Especially the bit of: Everything is working fine.
Everything is fine so lets change it. To what ? Not fine ?
Is the entry of 4 parameters really that time consuming?
Also shouldn't the location be kept ? So if at the same place why are you entering it everytime?
IF anything I would expect that the Starsense gets connected, or a connection, to the tablet and that it requests GPS Data from the tablet.
Then the alignment, then the introduction of Skysafari to the party.
Almost as you are doing at present, with your fingers removed and the tablet GPS taking their place.
Whether Starsense can do that I have no idea
Reading the now many problems that all seem to be caused by the use of apps. Rarely does anyone ask What am I doing wrong in the alignment? now. I am glad that I can just manually do my alignment. OK, I need to have an idea of where I am in Lat/Long terms (or I use the last one I have already entered). And it might take me up to 3 minutes to do it. But it sure seems a lot easier. And so far has worked everytime.
One probably useless bit of information: Seems quite a few people here are selling their Starsense systems. Keep seeing them in the SGL classifieds.