"The iPad as a High-End Telescope Controller: a Case Study"
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SkySafari 4 Features
Please Note: SkySafari is now owned and supported by Simulation Curriculum Corporation. This page contains legacy information for owners of older versions of the app. For the latest information on SkySafari for iOS, go to www.skysafariastronomy.com.
The following features are shared by all three versions of SkySafari 4:
To control your telescope, you will also need a hardware solution to relay commands from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to the serial port on your telescope. Southern Stars offers two such solutions:
Vixen StarBook users please note:The Vixen StarBook controller uses an ethernet interface, which is also physically incompatible with SkyFi. However, you can use an Apple AirPort Express (or other wireless router) to control the StarBook from SkySafari. This document from Vixen explains how.
SkySafari is a "universal" app that runs natively on the iPad, as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. It works almost identically on both devices. In a few places, the user interface has been rearranged to fit the larger iPad screen, but the app's features and functionality remain unchanged.
Here are a few screen shots of SkySafari running on the iPad. You may need to make your browser window wider to see them completely: