Take a giant leap into the future of telescope control! Now you can wirelessly control your Orion GoTo telescope right from your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android device. All you need is the Orion StarSeek astronomy app (available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store) and the StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller.
And, wow, what a difference! Controlling your telescope wirelessly with your mobile device running the visually stunning and functionally powerful StarSeek app takes telescope control to a whole new, and fun, level. You’ll never go back to using the telescope’s original, tethered hand controller with its typically 2-line, text-only display.
The Orion StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller works by creating its own local wireless network, leveraging the Wi-Fi capability built into iPhones, iPads and Android devices. When coupled to the serial or USB port on your telescope’s GoTo mount, the StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller converts the Wi-Fi signal from the mobile device into serial commands used by the mount to drive the telescope automatically to any of more than 31,000 celestial objects in the StarSeek app’s database. You polar-align and initialize your telescope for GoTo operation using the standard procedures for your telescope. The StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller works with all Orion motor-driven GoTo mounts and telescopes, including the Atlas and Atlas Pro, Sirius and Sirius Pro, StarSeeker GoTo and both SkyQuest XTg and XXg GoTo Dobsonian lines, as well as with many other GoTo telescope brands having RS-232 or USB ports. It also works with Orion IntelliScope “push to” scopes (requires #5222 IntelliScope to PC serial cable, sold separately).
The StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller plugs into the telescope mount’s serial (RS-232) port, which on Orion GoTo telescopes is located on the GoTo hand controller, while on some other brands the serial port is on the mount itself. A compatible serial cable (RJ12 to DB9) is included with all Orion GoTo telescopes, and with many other brands. No internet connection is needed, since the StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller provides its own Wi-Fi hotspot with customizable security settings. The StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller has a convenient communication range of well over 100 feet, depending 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.
The compact StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller can be easily attached to your telescope’s mount or tripod with the included hook-and-loop strap. Power is provided by an internal lithium ion battery with a typical battery life of 4 to 8 hours under continuous use. A power-saving automatic hibernate mode help prolong battery life, and a helpful low-battery LED lets you know when charging is needed. The controller can also be powered from an AC wall outlet with the included AC charger, which has a 5-foot cable.
Compatibility of the Orion StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller
The StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller is compatible with iOS 7 and later, and Android 4 and later.
The StarSeek app enables wireless control of the following Orion telescopes/mounts:
Atlas EQ-G and Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G
Sirius EQ-G and Sirius Pro AZ/EQ-G
SkyView Pro GoTo
SkyQuest XTg and XXg GoTo Dobsonians
SkyQuest XTi and XXi IntelliScope Dobsonians (requires #5222 serial cable, sold separately)
StarBlast 6i IntelliScope (requires #5222 serial cable, sold separately)
The Orion StarSeek Wireless Telescope Controller is also compatible with the following brands of telescopes/mounts. Please note many of these telescopes/mounts will require either the RS-232 cable supplied by the manufacturer (often included with the mount), a custom serial cable with correct pinout arrangement, or a USB cable.
Celestron NexStar 5/8, 5i/8i, GPS, SLT, SE
Celestron CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM, CPC, AVX
iOptron SmartStar / MiniTower
iOptron iEQ45 with 8406 controller
iOptron 8407 / 8408 controllers
JMI NGC Max
Losmandy Gemini / DSC
Lumicon Sky Vector
Meade LX-200 Classic and GPS
Meade LX-90, ETX, ETX-LS, LT, LX-400 ACF with AutoStar #497 controllers
Meade LX-600 / 800 / 80
Meade LXD 55-75 / 650-750
Meade Magellan I and II
SkyWatcher mounts with SynScan controller
Software Bisque Paramount + TheSky X
Starmaster Sky Tracker
Takahashi Temma 2
Tangent Instruments BBox
StellarCAT, ServoCAT, Argo Navis, Sky Commander, Losmandy DSC
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This unit contains a lithium battery. A maximum of two units may be shipped Air Service including Standard Service to AK, HI, PR, all shipping methods to APO/FPO addresses, 3-Day, 2-Day and Next Day Delivery.