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Simulation Curriculum SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller USB

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Simulation Curriculum SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller USB.

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Simulation Curriculum SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller USB.

SkyFi is a patent-pending WiFi-to-Serial adapter, designed for wireless telescope control. If you have a computer-controlled GoTo telescope, SkyFi can use the WiFi capabilities built into your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to point your telescope in the sky.

SkyFi now includes both USB and serial ports! That means SkyFi can now control the latest USB-only telescopes from iOptron and Meade, as well as other telescopes with RS-232 serial interfaces.


SkyFi is the only WiFi device on the market specifically designed for telescope control. It's battery-powered for field use; your scope, SkyFi, and iPhone all run off batteries, or from a 12V source.

Unlike bluetooth devices, SkyFi requires no pairing, and no special drivers. It uses standard TCP/IP networking protocols. Because TCP/IP is the language of the internet, SkyFi can enable your telescope to be remotely controlled over the internet. This is a capability that bluetooth simply was never designed for.

You can use SkyFi with your WiFi-enabled laptop or desktop computer, as well as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

SkyFi is very compact, barely larger than an iPhone. It can be easily attached to your telescope's mount or tripod; a strip of double-sided Velcro is included for that purpose.

SkyFi accepts four AA batteries, and has a typical battery life of 8 to 12 hours under continuous use (batteries not included). SkyFi can also be powered from an external source, like a car battery or a wall socket. Power adapters for both AC (120V, 60Hz) wall socket input and DC (9-12V, 1.2A) cigarette-lighter socket input are available. AC wall socket inputs are included in the SkyFi.

Once powered on, SkyFi creates its own 802.11 wireless network. By default, this is an open wireless network called "SkyFi", but you can rename and secure it later on. Join this network from your iPhone, laptop, or other computer, and - voila! - you're ready to use SkyFi. As long as your computer or iPhone gets its IP address by DHCP, no additional network configuration is required.

SkyFi provides a standard DB-9 serial adapter to interface with your telescope. That means you can use your existing telescope serial cable - you don't need to buy (or build!) another. If you don't already have a telescope serial cable, Simulation Curriculum can supply one at additional charge; please specify your telescope model when ordering.

Finally, you'll also need a telescope control application running on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. SkyFi works seamlessly with our SkySafari software running on Mac OS X, as well as our SkySafari app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android.

Telescope Compatibility

SkyFi can wirelessly enable almost any telescope with a standard USB or RS-232 serial interface. Models that have been tested and are known to work with SkyFi include:

  • Meade LX-200 Classic and GPS
  • Meade LX-400 ACF with AutoStar #497 controllers
  • Meade LX-600 / 800 / 80
  • Meade ETX-LS / LT
  • Meade ETX 90-125
  • Meade LXD 55-75 / 650-750
  • Meade LX 90
  • Meade Magellan I
  • Meade Magellan II
  • Celestron NexStar 5i / 8i / GPS / SLT / SE / Advanced GT
  • Celestron AVX / CGE / CGEM / CPC series
  • SkyWatcher SynScan
  • Orion Sirius / Atlas / SkyView Pro / SkyQuest XTg / StarSeeker / HDX
  • iOptron SmartStar / MiniTower
  • iOptron iEQ45 with 8406 controller
  • iOptron 8407 / 8408 contollers
  • Astro-Physics GTO
  • Losmandy Gemini
  • Vixen SkySensor 2000
  • Vixen StarBook / Sphinx
  • Sky Commander
  • Losmandy DSC
  • StellarCAT ServoCAT
  • Starmaster Sky Tracker
  • SiTech Controller
  • Takahashi Temma 2
  • Bisque Paramount + TheSkyX
  • Tangent Instruments BBox Encoder System (and compatible)
  • Celestron AstroMaster
  • JMI NGC Max
  • Lumicon Sky Vector
  • Orion Sky Wizard / IntelliScope
  • Takahashi Super Navigator

Some Meade ETX models (60/80) ship with the Autostar #494 controller. To make SkyFi work with these scopes, you need to replace the #494 Autostar controller (which does not have a serial port) with the #497 Autostar (which does). Contact us to upgrade your controller.

The only models that do not work with SkyFi are those that have neither USB nor RS-232 serial ports. Such models include:

  • Vixen mounts with StarBook controllers

The Vixen StarBook controller uses an ethernet interface, which is also physically incompatible with SkyFi. However, you can use an Apple AirPort Express (or other wireless router) to control the StarBook from our SkySafari iPhone app. You also need to configure SkySafari to communicate with the StarBook controller at on port 80.

Using SkyFi with Other Software

SkyFi lets you communicate with your telescope over a wireless TCP/IP connection. The SkySafari Plus and Pro iPhone apps are designed to do just that. So are the Plus and Pro versions of SkySafari for Mac OS X.

However, other astronomy programs like The Sky and Starry Night expect to communicate with a telescope directly over a serial port. To make SkyFi work with those programs, you'll need a virtual serial port driver - a piece of software that presents SkyFi's wireless TCP port to other programs as if it were a real serial port.

A number of third-party virtual serial port drivers are available, and many of them are free. Here are a few that we've successfully tested with SkyFi; all of these run on Windows:

COM2TCP - $39 with a 45-day free trial, by AstroGeeks. Our new favorite! Has the simplest user interface of any virtual serial port solution we've tried, and the latest stable version adds support for Windows Vista - 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit editions).

HW VSP3 - Works on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Free, and reasonably straightforward to install and configure.

com0com - an open-source virtual serial port driver for Windows. Also free, but not nearly as easy to set up as HW VSP3. You need to install and configure both the com0com and com2tcp pieces.

COM2TCP set up to create port COM4 that connects
to SkyFi's default IP address and TCP port.

Creating a virtual serial port with HW VSP3.

By (Aprilia, Italia) on 09 Sett. 2016 (Simulation Curriculum SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller USB) :

Grandioso, controllo telescopio da iPhone

Ottimo accessorio, davvero utile per eliminare un po' di cavi. Controllo telescopio provato da iPhone con SkySafari, nessun problema. Lo consiglio su questo store perchè su altri siti costa di più.

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