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Celestron SkyQ Link Wi-Fi® Adapter

Wireless alignment adapter module

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by Eric Angevine
Celestron

Take your family on a guided tour of the universe

The SkyQ Link Wi-Fi module turns your iPhone® or iPad® into your own personal planetarium. Your mobile device becomes a wireless hand controller for your telescope, and you can listen to hundreds of included audio descriptions on your device as the telescope automatically slews to find the object you've selected. SkyQ Link makes a great gift for telescope users of all ages and skill levels, from kids to advanced users. This simple, intuitive module plugs directly into your compatible telescope's auxiliary port and doesn't require batteries.

The SkyQ Link Wi-Fi module is compatible with:

Celestron NexStar 127SLT

Celestron NexStar 4SE

Celestron NexStar 6SE

Celestron NexStar 8SE

Celestron Advanced VX 8" Edge HD

Celestron CPC 925

Celestron CPC Deluxe 1100 HD

SkyQ Link also works with NexRemote, but requires the latest version of the NexRemote software and the SkyQLink PC Installer.

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Highlights:

  • allows wireless alignment and control of telescopes via iPhone or iPad
  • Planetarium interface lets you tap on any object displayed on the SkyQ screen and instantly point your telescope
  • Sky Tour generates a list of all the best stars, galaxies and nebulas to view based on your exact time and location
  • audio information is sent to your mobile device so you can learn as you go
  • plugs directly into your telescope's auxiliary port
  • does not require batteries or external power
  • warranty: 2 years parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • SkyQ Link Wi-Fi module (with RJ-45 plug)
  • Instruction sheet

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Features

Overview: The Celestron SkyQ Link is a plug-in Wi-Fi module that enables you to wirelessly connect your telescope directly to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, or to a wireless access point. It has a male RJ-45 plug and is compatible with a wide variety of Celestron computerized telescopes (see list below). It plugs into the AUX port on the telescope mount, or replaces the hand controller if no AUX port is available.

SkyQ App: The SkyQ app ($4.95 from iTunes App Store) is an easy-to-use astronomy application for locating and identifying virtually any celestial object visible in the night sky. It must be downloaded to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch (requires iOS 5.1 or later) in order for you to connect to the SkyQ Link module. The SkyQ app will automatically align the telescope to get you started. Once aligned all you need to do is tap a desired object on your device's screen, and the telescope will slew to that object and center it in the telescope's eyepiece.

Connection Modes: The SkyQ Link can connect to your iOS device in one of two ways: Direct Connect Mode and Access Point Mode. The Direct Connect mode connects the telescope directly to your device via its internal Wi-Fi signal. The Access Point Mode lets you connect the SkyQ Link and your i-Device to a separate Wi-Fi network. You can select the connection mode via a two-way switch on the side of the module.

NexRemote: You can use the SkyQ Link with a PC running Celestron's NexRemote software, allowing you to wirelessly connect the telescope to your computer instead of through the RS-232 cable.

LED Indicators: The SkyQ Link has three LEDs along the right side to indicate the status of the Power, Mode, and Transmitter.

Compatibility: The SkyQ Link is compatible with the following mounts (including the listed telescopes carried by Crutchfield in parentheses):

*No automatic alignment
 
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