StarGPS NX for Orion Atlas, Sirius & Skywatcher SynScan
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StarGPS NX for Orion Atlas, Sirius & Skywatcher SynScanThe NX Package for Orion Atlas, Orion Sirius, and Sky-Watcher SynScan Mounts by StarGPS:
Add GPS to your Orion Atlas, Sirius and Sky-Watcher SynScan Telescope!
Imagine the possibilities if your telescope could access the Global Positioning System... so that it always knew when and where you were observing from. No more checking your watch. No more looking up site coordinates or fiddling with the keypad to enter the date, time, latitude and longitude. StarGPS has solved your problems! It utilizes a single cable to connect your telescope to a GPS receiver smaller than a computer mouse and automatically input these values - making your telescope setup much easier and more precise!
StarGPS-NX is a "plug-and-play" solution for use with the Celestron NexStar, Meade Autostar, LX200 Classic, and Losmandy Gemini telescopes. It includes a GPS-NX02 receiver and the proper cable for your telescope. No software is required since the GPS receiver outputs commands and data the telescope already understands. Simply connect the GPS to your telescope, turn on the scope, and watch the GPS LED indicate:
For Synta (Orion Atlas/Sirius GoTo, Sky-Watcher SynScan) Systems, StarGPS-NX requires a hand control with firmware version 3.10+ or AZ 3.03+.
What I have always liked about all the StarGPS units...is that they are simple: no setup required, no CD to download, no drivers, no fuss. Just plug it in and it does the work for you...These are products that work, and once installed you can forget about them and enjoy the night sky. Then, next time you are ready to fire up the telescope again....StarGPS NX02 is ready and waiting.
-Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, Arkansas Sky Observatories.
Features of the Star GPS Receiver:
- Fast time-to-first-fix and low power consumption
- High performance 65-channel SkyTraq chipset
- Supports standard NMEA-0183, Meade LX200, Celestron NexStar, Synta Binary and Vixen HTTP protocols
- Automatically detects telescope type (Meade, Celestron, Synta, Vixen or none)
- Switches to standard NMEA output after 45 seconds if no telescope is detected
- Lithium cell sustains internal clock and memory (recharges during normal operation)
- LED power indicator blinks to indicate receiver status
- Automatic cold start with no user initialization required
- Compact design with integrated antenna/receiver
- One-year warranty (parts and labor)
OPT Product Number: SQ-1044
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Skywatcher AZ-EQ5. It works! No more manual data entry.
I first tried the GPS module on my SkyWtcher EQ6 in my shed on a rainy night. As soon as I turned on the mount, it indicated that a GPS module was connected. I wanted to time how long it took to get a GPS fix but before I could look at my watch, it had a fix. My AVX mount takes several minutes and my iOptron CEM 25 takes considerably longer. This GPS module had a fix within seconds. I don't like the idea of having the GPS module plugged into the hand controller but this is an issue with the mount, not the GPS. I bought my EQ6 at NEAF last year, I did not check the firmware revision and it did not need to be updated to work with this GPS. Great device at a great price.
The Star GPS unit is an excellent accessory for my Skywatcher EQ6R telescope mount. Thus product arrives with an easy to use set up and instruction sheet and works perfectly on my mount providing date, time, and location as advertised.
It worked with my Synscan EQ6. Before purchace you should check the hand control firmware is higher than version 3.10. Highly recommended!
The StarGPS NX works perfectly with the Orion HDX110.
Purchased a Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5. It would cost $189 to add GPS to the scope, so I thought I'd save some money and try the StarGPS first. For some reason I was skeptical. I needn't have worried. Plugged the SynScan adapter into the cable, plugged the unit into the SynScan handset and turned on the scope. The handset asked for my timezone offset and if it was daylight savings time. Then the handset and StarGPS communicated for a minute while the StarGPS figured out what scope it was and hunted for a GPS lock while indoors. The GPS lock was spot on. Left it on for 20 minutes the first time so the StarGPS could update itself with the current almanac and ephemeris data to locate GPS satellites in the area. When I turned on the scope a second time, while indoors, it had the GPS lock in 9 seconds. 9 seconds! This is way easier and faster than entering all the information manually into the SynScan handset. And I can unplug it after GPS location is acquired so I can use other accessories with the handset like WiFi control. Sweet little product that worked perfectly despite my skepticism.