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Argo Navis controlled via iPhone/SkyFi success
« on: 07:03:57, 05 January, 2010 »
Hi all

Thanks to both Gary Kopff from Wildcard Innovations in Australia (Argo Navis creator) and Tim Benedictus from CarinaSoft (Voyager planetarium) for their valuable support and help, I now have my scope set up such that I can control my Argo's PUSHTO guide angles from my iPhone via the Voyager app and Carina's brand new and just-released SkyFi device. Communication is bilateral, which is fantastic. I can point the iPhone at an object in the sky (with its accelerometer, compass and GPS) and the Voyager software will tell the Argo via the 802.11 private wireless network provided by the SkiFi where I have to PUSHTO to get to it. As I point the scope at a target, I can also watch the direction it's pointing to on my iPhone in real time via the screen reticle as I move the scope. This is brilliant for me as I can ditch the large finderscope which upsets my balance when I have the cameras attached. Now I'm not flying blind! Also, 802.11 is so much better than some of the older BluTooth-enabled systems it's not funny. Outdoors range is fantastic.

Aditionally, for public viewing nights it's also going to be fantastic, as I can have people ask "what's that object?" (pointing up) and I can point the iPhone at it, identify the object and then have the scope ready to PUSHTO straight there. Wonderful!

Once again - thanks Gary and Tim.

Here's the setup.

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Cheers
Chris

Member - Macarthur Astronomical Society & Astronomical Society of NSW
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