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I am using this device with my Celestron NexStar SLT. This is a difficult review to write. I have a significant number of complaints about this device. My iPad 2 loses contact with its WiFi signal every now and then and I have to reconnect. That's a pain, since I can't do this without first leaving the Skyportal app. Also, the direction controllers are a real pain to use. If you're centering an object by looking through the eyepiece, there is no haptic feedback to tell you when or which direction you're pressing, and if you press outside the arrow areas you may select a new object, and you may end up tracking to that and undoing all your work, which is annoying as hell. Instead, I strongly recommend using the arrow buttons on the hand controller for centering at the eyepiece and to not navigate using Skyportal, or at least only using it when you're looking at the screen. Plus, when using the app on my iPad there is often considerable lag between my interaction with the app and the screen press taking effect. This is annoying when I'm trying to highlight an object, but when it happens it basically makes the directional controls unusable.
Very inconsistent. They say you can align your scope with this rubbish device. It frequently drops connection. Documentation is extremely lackluster. Perhaps I have a defective unit here, but damn. It is nice to wirelessly move the scope, but it seems to do whatever it wants. The software run on an iPad often locks up. So using the directional arrows have it spinning like top till it comes back to reality. As for convenience, sure I'll buy into it until it is put to use. Clearly the technology is not there. This will be a return, unless it manages to unscrew itself. The clock is ticking on this piece of....
Connected to my 114LCM. It was a little tricky to get it set up (especially to the wifi access point) but once it's set up, it works great. Can slew the scope, align, and more using the skyportal app. It's much easier and more fun to use the apps graphical interface to navigate the scope vs the hand control. You can still use the hand control to center objects while the skyportal is hooked up. I had to purchase a auxiliary splitter to use both at the same time. The only problem I had was updating the firmware for the hand controller via wifi. For whatever reason it bricked the hand controller with a bootloader error when I tried to update via wifi. I called Celestron and they had me do the update with a USB cable and all was well. They advised against updating via wi-fi and said the cable was the preferred method.
I have been experimenting with this for a few weeks. The primary use of this is to help automate the star alignment process, that you need to do every time using your telescope (in my case nextstar.) You do not need this to calibrate - you can do it manually. But, this, with two other accessories, in theory allows it to happen more or less automatically. The three items that you need are:
Instant success with Sky Safari 6 Pro on my Android tablet. It arrived yesterday, and I've used it once (today). A neat device. Essential ? not all all. Is it fun ? Absolutely, yes. Value for money ? errr.. no; let's not talk about that aspect: It's a horribly expensive little piece of kit... way overpriced. I would suggest a cost of 25% would be a fair asking price. This is why I am rating it 3 stars only. Anyway, if you want a cool gadget go for it.. but you can get a decent eyepiece for the money, a barlow, or a solar filter.. unless of course you have all that. One of the advantages of using Sky Safari 6 pro is that you can look up objects that are not in the handset database (because it only has a limited amount of star catalogue names included). Sky Safari has a much larger database. If you want mainly Messier objects, then stick to the handset... it's less to worry about.
Tough review to write. It works perfectly. But I can't help thinking it's massively overpriced for what it is. I can get a state of the art USB wireless adapter for £20 and even allowing for a little extra complexity I still struggle to see how they justify the price. However that said at then end of the day I still bought it so that's on me....
Been using this for a couple of years now. It's easier to set up now an use with the celestron cpwi software. I use this wifi adapter with an avx mount, starsence alignment camera , an phd2. I normally connect it to the home wifi an have used it with windows laptops as well as an android tablet. It can be used in adhoc mode as well but as I sit in the garage on a laptop it doesn't keep the signal as well as connecting to the home wifi.
Part of the fun of astrology is setting up the scope for viewing. I am lucky that I have two telescope one I use with a recently aquired goto mount. It is simple to run the celestron skyscanner app on my Ipad pick a spot and of it goes.
Well, the only but I have found is that it is not currently fully compatible with Samsung Note 9. I have reported this to their support, who incidentally are very helpful.