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Sky-Watcher SynScan Wifi Adapter
Sky-Watcher SynScan Wifi Adapter

Sky-Watcher SynScan Wifi Adapter

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Your Price: CAD89.00
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Part Number:79030
Give your mount a SMART UPGRADE using the SynScan Wifi Adapter with the FREE APP to explore our star database of over 9000 stars, deep sky objects, star clusters, nebula. 
Access massive amount of information to assist your observation at the palm of your hand. Use our built in functions to control your mount just like a synscan controller and much more!

-Straight forward and intuitive
-compact
-Economical upgrade making your mount a smart mount
-No more extra Hand Controller and GPS, use your phone's powerful processor to provide   better GOTO and tracking accuracy

Give your Sky-Watcher GOTO mount WiFi capability with the plug-in Wifi Adapter.


The SynScan Point and Go feature simplifies the GOTO process. Simply point your phone to the part of the sky you want your telescope to point, press the button,and the telescope will automatically move to the location you pointed to. It will then list all the objects in the neighbourhood.

Works with all the SynScan GOTO capable mounts:

  • Star Discovery
  • Star Explorer
  • Collapsible GOTO Dobsonian
  • StarGate GOTO Dobsonian
  • Equatorial Pro
  • AZGT Pro
  • EQ8 Pro
  • EQ3 Pro
  • EQ5 Pro
  • GT Series AZ-EQ5 GOTO
  • HEQ5 Pro GOTO

With the adapter plugged, in you can connect the mount to the SynScan App and use your mobile device to control and align your telescope.

Download the FREE SynScan app from Google Play or Apple App Store.

Download the firmware

Also works with SkySafari Software (Sky Safari 6 Plus & Sky Safari 6 Pro) – find the Apps here. Download the Instructions for using the App.

In the Box
  • WiFi adapter
  • RJ12 and RJ45 adapter cable

Instructions for Connecting Adapter to SynScan App

Connect
Power on mount and use your mobile device to join the SynScan Wi-Fi network. Open the app and tap the Connect button.

Slewing the Mount
Use the 8-way direction buttons to command the mount to rotate (slew).The number at the centre of the buttons indicate the slewing speed.

Align the Finder Scope
Point the primary telescope to a fixed target. Identify the object at the centre of the eyepiece and adjust screws on the finder scope until the reticle also points to the same object.

Mount Alignment Scope
Tap the Alignment icon, choose an alignment method and select the alignment stars. During alignment, use the 8-way slew buttons to first centre the alignment star in the finder scope and then in the primary telescope. Tap the confirmation button when done; note that the app requires the last slewing direction to be up and right before tapping.

GOTO
Tap the Star or Deep Sky icon and select an object from the catalogs. Tap GoTo and the mount will point to it. You can use User Objects to specify an object not in the apps catalogue.  After completing the GOTO for an object, you can centre it in the telescope’s eyepiece and then tap. This is optional but doing so allows subsequent GOTO for targets near this object to be more accurate.





Reviews

I have recently purchased this in the hope that I could control my SkyWatcher 250P GOTO dob with SkySafariPro on my Samsung Phone. The provided handset does not seem to have a straightforward means of correcting an imprecise alignment without going through the whole alignment process again. In SkySafari the align button does this with just one press.

The unit itself is quite small (see pic) and plugs in place of the handset.

The app "Synscan" is needed from Android Play Store or the Apple App Store for any ALT-AZ mount. "SynscanPro" is needed for RA-DEC mounts.

As long as the phone or device is set to connect via WiFi and the Synscan signal is chosen that is very straight forward and will connect readily.

For me the "fun" started when attempting to connect via SkySafari. I did watch a couple of YouTube videos but the instructions given did not work for me. There are no instructions provided with the adapter but there are some within the Synscan App. (although not very obvious).

The Synscan app needs to be active and connected to the mount and before trying SkySafari needs to have carried out an alignment. (This isn't necessary for testing purposes)

The settings for SkySafari need to be as follows.

Firstly choose the Scope type i.e SkyWatcher SynScan
then the mount type - in my case Alt-Az GoTo

Select Connect via WiFi
IP address 127.0.0.1
Port Number  11882

SkySafari should then be able to connect to the mount via the Synscan App.

In my case it did not. Much hair tearing (not that I have much!) and a few hours later it did connect and then later did not. Over the next 24 hours I managed to get connection twice but many times no connection.

To cut a long story short it turned out that I had my phone using a battery saving mode and the two occasions it had worked was when the phone was connected to the charger. So out of battery saving mode and it works smoothly every time.

Advantages of using the WiFi adapter.

1. Obviously no lead. It works at distances greater than you would need - I went into the next room and could still control the scope.

2. Much easier to read than the one line at a time on the handset. Particularly useful when choosing alignment stars - you can see a long list straight away.

3. The buttons on the Synscan App have more directions to choose (see pic)

4. Within the Synscan App there is a cool feature where the scope will goto the direction you are pointing the phone (or other controlling device) and you can then have all objects nearby listed for potential goto.

5. The Synscan App does also work on my iPad but have not yet managed to get SkySafari to connect yet. (I haven't tried very hard at this stage)

6. The sync facility in SkySafari is great e.g. on an open evening a child grabs the eyepiece and moves the scope off target, one button push and it will return.

7. The obvious advantage of using a star chart to choose an object. e.g. for finding things like the double cluster or double-double when you cannot remember the ngc or ic number.

WARNING - Since getting the adapter to work on my phone I have not had the opportunity to test it under the stars. Should I find it does not perform as expected I will report back.

At this stage I am delighted with my purchase.

Dave

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