SkyFi Telescope Communication

This page explains how to communicate with your telescope using SkyFi, and either:

First, make sure you've done the following:

  1. Turned on your telescope.
  2. Aligned your telescope.
  3. Connected your telescope's serial (or USB) port to SkyFi's serial (or USB) port.
  4. Turned on SkyFi.
  5. Joined SkyFi's wireless network from your iOS/Andoid device or Mac/PC.

If you haven't yet done these things, review the instructions on the previous pages.

SkySafari's scope communication settings
(left) and scope control view (above).

Using SkySafari for iOS or Android

These instructions assume you are running SkySafari version 3.2 or higher on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device:

  1. Go to Settings > Telescope Communication.

  2. Select the correct telescope type.

  3. Tap Auto-Detect SkyFi to detect your SkyFi unit's IP address automatically, using the name you have configured for your SkyFi. If you choose not to detect your SkyFi's IP address automatically, you can enter it manually instead.

  4. Next to SkyFi Name, enter the name of the SkyFi device whose IP address you want SkySafari to automatically detect. Make sure to enter the same name here as you entered into your SkyFi unit's configuration web page!

  5. This field is IP Address if you are not auto-detecting your SkyFi. Enter your SkyFi's IP address and TCP port number here. SkyFi's default IP address and port number are 10.0.0.1 and 4030.

  6. Tap the Done button to accept changes and return to the main sky chart view.

  7. Tap the Scope button below the main sky chart view to show the Scope Control view.

  8. Tap the Connect button to establish communication with your telescope. If successful, the telescope controls on the iPhone screen will become active, and the telescope's position will appear as a bullseye on the star chart. If there are problems, an error message will appear.

Telescope setup in SkySafari for Mac OS X.
Click to enlarge.

Using SkySafari for Mac OS X

These instructions assume you are running SkySafari for Mac OS X, Plus or Pro, on a Mac:

  1. Select SkySafari's Telescope menu > Setup... command.

  2. Select the correct telescope type from the Telescope Type menu.

  3. Select "WiFi or Ethernet (TCP/IP)" as the Connection.

  4. Select Auto-Detect SkyFi to detect your SkyFi unit's IP address automatically, using the name you have configured for your SkyFi. If you choose not to detect your SkyFi's IP address automatically, you can enter it manually instead.

  5. Next to SkyFi Name, enter the name of the SkyFi device whose IP address you want SkySafari to automatically detect. Make sure to enter the same name here as you entered into your SkyFi unit's configuration web page!

  6. This field is IP Address if you are not auto-detecting your SkyFi. Enter your SkyFi's IP address and TCP port number here. SkyFi's default IP address and port number are 10.0.0.1 and 4030.

  7. Click the Connect button to connect to your telescope. If everything is working, the Telescope control panel should appear. If there are problems, you'll get an error message.

Troubleshooting

If you can't connect to your telescope, here are some things to check: