I've had my HEQ5pro and scope for a year or so and learnt aligning etc. I'm thinking of using sky wire and an ipod touch with sky safari pro to control the telescope. Has anyone done this? Is it a bit of a lazy way to learn the night sky instead of using star charts? Not sure if I should... Matt
I use a SkyFi and SkySafariPro (running on an iPad) with both my CPC9.25 and XX14g and it's a great tool for helping you find objects that you might ordinarily miss.
I spent quite a few years learning the sky by star hopping and reading laminated star charts and that certainly helps in identifying what is up at that time of the year but the computerised systems these days helps in speeding up observations and the like. I don't think it's lazy as it will also help you learn what is in the sky at the same time.
Thanks Simon, Lazy probably wasn't the right word, any way to find my way around up there is good. My only reservation about the ipod is it doesn't have a compass in it and the screen is kinda small , which may be a good thing from battery usage. I get a lot of LP from a near by railway station and hope skysafari can fill in the missing bits. Matt
I was running SkySafari on my iPhone for a while before getting an iPad and yeah the bigger screen is a better, but the way SkySafari is present you wont have any trouble using it on the smaller screen. I don't often use the gyro/compass features so it's not a great loss when compared to how much use you'll get out of it.
I use the Skywire with my ipod/iphone, Sky safari is great. Works well with my mount just wish the cable had a locking mechanism when attaching the I devices. Battery life could be a problem with prolonged use, unless i'm doing it wrong you need to go into settings to prevent the ipod/iphone going into standby and losing connection with your mount.
I was pig headed enough to think that I didn't need any goto to find my way around the sky. Then I bought a Meade ETX and paired it with an iPad and Sky Safari. Using the Sky Safari to guide the scope is far easier than the Meade hand controller and has made viewing sessions much more enjoyable.
That said, I still have fun star hopping with my dob.
I purchased the Pro version on my ipod and thats as far as I got. Sold the HEQ5 Pro a little while ago and am using an EQ5 manual mount...one day an EQ6 or EQ8 not sure which, but I'd like to have it all set up permanently. I really enjoy Sky Safari on the ipod and often have a quick look a great learning tool. I'll get the SkyFi when I do though wireless is so easy the less wires around the better, so for now I use it as a map and star hop with the EQ mount.
I was unsure if an ipod's screen was big enough to use skysafari and it is, an ipad would be better.
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