SkyFi is 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 very compact, barely larger than an iPhone. It can be easily attached to your telescopes mount or tripod; a strip of double-sided adhesive strap is included for that purpose.
SkyFi accepts four AA batteries, and has a typical battery life of 8 to 12 hours under continuous use. 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! - youre 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 dont need to buy (or build!) another. If you dont already have a telescope serial cable, Simulation Curriculum can supply one at additional charge; please specify your telescope model when ordering.
Finally, youll also need a telescope control application running on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. SkyFi works seamlessly with SkySafari software running on Mac OS X, as well as the SkySafari app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android.
Telescope Compatibility: SkyFi can