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Celestron 93973 Skyportal Wifi Module, Black
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- Align and control your telescope wirelessly using your smartphone or tablet and Celestron’s free SkyPortal app for iOS and Android devices.
- Tap any celestial object you see in the sky to identify it instantly. Tap again and your telescope slews to that object, centering it perfectly in the eyepiece.
- Explore 100,000+ objects in Sky Portal's database. While you observe, view astro images and listen to audio descriptions for hundreds of the most popular objects including the planets, Orion Nebula, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and more.
- Sky Tour feature generates a list of all the best stars, galaxies and nebulae to view based on your exact time and location.
- Wi-Fi module is compatible with all current Celeron computerized telescopes and select older models. Unit does not require batteries or external power.
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Get Wi-Fi Access to the Universe with Sky Link 2Celestron's updated Sky Link 2 Wi-Fi Module turns your smartphone or tablet into your own personal planetarium and observatory! Simply plug the Wi-Fi module into your telescope’s Hand Control or AUX port and connect to its wireless signal with your device. Instantly, your device becomes a wireless hand controller for your telescope, guiding you through the alignment process and slewing to any celestial object with a simple tap. As Sky Link 2 slews your telescope to an object, you can listen to hundreds of included audio descriptions on your device, which explain the history, mythology, and key features of the most popular celestial objects. Activate the Sky Tour feature and Sky will display a list of the best objects to view based on your exact time and location. There’s no need to input GPS coordinates or set the time and date-Sky Link 2 takes this information directly from your device.
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Update 10 June 2016. I upgraded my telescope to an 11" Edge HD telescope on a CGEM DX mount and have lots more use to report on. In warmer weather I still regularly use and prefer the WIFI Skyportal. When it's really cold I use the hand controller as I can wear gloves when operating. I did also upgrade to SkySafari Pro 5 and really like the extra features including comets, asteroids and identifying various satellites including alerts when the ISS International Space Station as well as Iridium flares will occur overhead. Just a note for no matter what kind of mount you have- be sure to balance your scope to maintain dead on goto accuracy.
Update-22Nov 16. I am now using an Ipad Pro with Sky Safari 5 and it continues to work great and totally love it! EVERYONE- DONT FORGET TO UNPLUG YOUR HAND CONTROLLER when using Skyportal as the two do not work well together! I did add a photo of the compatibility list below:
I connected to the mount using my iphone and Sky Safari Pro. Choosing the "connect and align" option I was really impressed with how well this stuff worked literally the first time I turned it on. I checked the settings right away (before aligning) and saw that SS recognized the new scope as a Celestron German EQ mount and took me through a polar alignment like this....
1) ensure mount is leveled, pointing due north and RA is set to your Latitude (or something like that). When finished pressed 'done'
2) choose a bright star in the East and press goto: I chose Mirach and the scope slewed to that direction. I adjusted the scope using the HC, about 8 full moons and hit align.
3) choose a bright start in the East and press goto: I picked Hamal. Scope was still about the same distance off. I adjusted and hit align.
4) choose a bright start in the West and press goto: I picked Deneb. Scope slewed about 180 and landed about the same distance off, but I only had to adjust in one direction.
5) choose a bright start in the West and press goto: I picked Vega. At this point I knew things were going well as Vega popped right in the cross hairs of the 12mm reticulated EP I was using. Sweet! Alignment complete.
Since I was in the area I tested goto by hitting Albireo and the scope slewed perfectly. While the view in the crappy EP was not to die for it was certainly Albireo and it was nicely centered.