Orion StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller
The StarSeek Wireless Controller by Orion:
This leap forward in telescope control technology can soon be at your fingertips! An ingenious device that enables you to control your Orion GoTo Telescope right from your iPhone, iPad or Android device, this Wireless device just requires you to download the Orion StarSeek astronomy app, available readily on the iTunes App store and the Google Play Store, and the StarSeek Wireless controller itself!
And it really does make a difference, too- once you've experienced the sleek, smooth control offered by the StarSeek Controller and it's accompanying App, you'll never want to go back to any other method of remote control for your telescope! The performance is top notch, and the readout and possible commands are a vast improvement over the tethered and typically simple controllers included with most scopes. It's on a whole new kind of level!
This controller functions so marvelously by creating it's own local wireless network- leveraging the innate WiFi ability of most mobile devices. You install the StarSeek Controller into your mounts USB or Serial port, where it converts WiFi signals from your portable device into Serial commands used by the mount to drive the telescope automatically to any of the 31,000 objects stored in the StarSeek app's database. You still polar-align and initialize your scope using it's normal procedures, of course.
The StarSeek Wireless controller plugs into the telescope mount's serial (RS-232) port, which on the Orion GoTo mounts is located on the GoTo hand controller- though some other brands place it on the mount itself. A compatible serial cable (RJ12 to DB9) is included with all Orion GoTo telescopes and many other brands as well. Due to the wireless controller creating it's own WiFi hot spot with customizable security settings, no internet connection is needed. The communications range is well over 100 feet, with some variance based on conditions.
Unlike Bluetooth devices, the StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller requires no pairing, and no special drivers. It uses standard TCP/IP networking protocols. Once powered on, look for "Orion 75" in your device's Wi-Fi network list, then join it and you're ready to go! You can rename and secure the network later if desired.
Not only is it a matter of simple ease to attach the Wireless Controller to your mount or tripod with the included hook-and-loop strap, but the device runs on a similarly convenient internal lithium ion battery with a typical battery life that ranges from 4 to 8 hours under continuous use. The power saving automatic hibernation mode helps prolong battery life, and there is a helpful low-battery LED light to let you know when it needs charging; something for which an AC charger has been provided- along with a five foot long cable.
The Orion StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller is compatible with the following Orion Telescopes/Mounts:
- HDX110 EQ-G
- Atlas EQ-G and Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G
- Sirius EQ-G and Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G
- SkyView Pro GoTo
- StarSeeker GoTo
- SkyQuest XTg and XXg GoTo Dobsonians
- SkyQuest XTi and XXi IntelliScope Dobsonians (requires #OR-5222 serial cable, sold separately)
- StarBlast 6i IntelliScope (requires #OR-5222 serial cable, sold separately)
- Note: May also be compatible with many other brands of telescope/mount, on a case by case basis.