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SkyFi Wireless Telescope Controller
With the SkyFi 3 Wireless Telescope Controller, you can now use your computer or smartphonee to connect with your GoTo mount and control it from a distance! This WiFi-to-Serial/USB adapter allows you to wirelessly control your telescope for up to 12 hours on its rechargeable lithium ion battery. The SkyFi III is very compact, being only a little larger than your smartphone. It easily attaches to your telescope's tripod or mount with a Velcro belt. The SkyFi III is the only WiFi controller designed exclusively for telescope control.
SkyFi III includes both USB and Serial ports (as seen in the product images). It can control the latest USB-only telescopes from Meade/Celestron as well as other telescopes with RS-232 serial interfaces.
What's Included With The SkyFi 3?
- SkyFi III unit
- A micro USB to 5V USB charger cable
- Velcro belt for telescope attachment
How Does The SkyFi 3 Work?
Great question! As soon as you power it up, the SkyFi III creates its own 802.11 wireless network. By default, this open network named "SkyFi". Of course, you’ll be able to secure and rename it at your leisure. Once joined with your mobile device, laptop, or other computer, you'll be ready rock-and-roll without a wire! As long as your computer or mobile device receives its IP address by DHCP, no further wireless configuration is necessary.
If you already have one, you can use your own telescope serial cable and plug directly into the SkyFi III. It is not required to buy or build an additional serial cable. You can purchase the official Simulation Curriculum serial cable here at StellarTelescope.com.
Finally, you'll need to install and run a telescope control application on your smartphone or laptop. The SkyFi III performs in conjunction with both the iOS and Android SkySafari app, as well as the Mac OS X SkySafari software. Starry Night software for Mac and (with a Virtual Serial Port) Windows also works with the SkyFi III.
Which Telescopes Are Compatible With The SkyFi?
SkyFi III wirelessly controls almost any telescope that has your usual USB or RS-232 serial interface. Compatible models include:
- Astro-Physics GTO
- Bisque Paramount + TheSkyX
- Celestron NexStar 5i/8i, GPS, SLT, SE, Advanced GT
- Celestron AVX, CGE, CGEM, CPC Series
- Celestron AstroMaster
- iOptron SmartStar/MiniTower
- iOptron 8407/8408 contollers
- iOptron iEQ45 with 8406 controller
- JMI NGC Max
- Losmandy Gemini
- Losmandy DSC
- Lumicon Sky Vector
- 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 & II
- Orion Sirius, Atlas, SkyView Pro
- Orion SkyQuest XTg/StarSeeker/HDX
- Orion Sky Wizard/IntelliScope
- Sky Commander
- SkyWatcher mounts with SynScan controllers
- StellarCAT ServoCAT
- Starmaster Sky Tracker
- SiTech Controller
- Takahashi Super Navigator
- Takahashi Temma 2
- Tangent Inst BBox Encoder Sys (and compatible)
- Vixen SkySensor 2000
- Vixen StarBook/Sphinx
Some Additional Notes:
SkyFi III has serial ports as well as USB to enable control of both Meade’s recently USB-only telescopes along with other brands that feature RS-232 serial interfaces.
The basic requirement for Celestron support in SkySafari 4/5 is Celestron firmware version 4.0 or higher. This is almost everything sold in 2008 and later. What is not included is the older NexStar GT series, the first Celestron NexStar series, and the Celestron Ultima 2000. Please note that it is possible the GT hand controllers will be replaced with newer ones in the future that do, in fact, work with SkySafari 4/5. For more information, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.
The Meade ETX 60 & ETX 80 both include the Autostar #494 controller. Since the #494 does not have a serial port, it will not work with the SkyFi III and you'll need to upgrade it with the #497 Autostar controller which has your needed serial port.
The SkyFi III is not compatible with telescopes that do not possess both USB and RS-232 serial ports (IE Vixen mounts with Starbook devices).
Vixen's Starbook uses an ethernet interface, which does not work with the SkyFi III. A possible work-around is to use an Apple AirPort Express (or another wireless router) to wirelessly control the Starbook with the SkySafari iPhone app. Additionally, you'll need to set up the SkySafari app to communicate with the Starbook controller at 169.254.1.1 on port 80.