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Safari 5 plus/pro for mac os x

Does anyone know if SkySafari 5 plus/pro for Mac OS X (macOS) allows you to align with the Celestron Starsense camera? (like it does with Skysafari 5 plus/pro on android and ios) - Can't find any information about it on the Skysafari website.

 

Also does Skysafari 5 /plus/pro connect wirelessly with the Celestron Skyportal wireless module (either direct connection or access point mode)?

 

 

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    Bill Tschumy

    SkySafari 5 for Mac only supports StarSense when connected through the hand controller.  The Celestron Wi-Fi option is not supported in Mac.  So what this means is you can use the StarSense HC to do you alignment and then connect using SkySafari and make use of it.

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    Pepe Paco Tarifa

    Thanks for your reply.

     

    Sorry, not sure I understand. So you are saying that you have to connect the mac OS X laptop or computer with a cable to the Starsense hand controller?

    Is the Starsense alignment routine included in the Skysafari mac OS X software? (like in the android and ios version), or not?

    One more question: does Skysafari Mac OS X work with the latest MacOS (Sierra) operating system?

    Many thanks

     

     

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    Bill Tschumy

    Yes, you must use a cable just like you do with non-WiFi Celestron mounts.  Generally you need a USB-to-RS232 converter (KeySpan recommended) and then plug the RS-232 serial cable into the converter.

    No, the StarSense alignment routines are not in Mac.  

    There are no problems with Sierra that we are aware of.

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    Pepe Paco Tarifa

    Ok thanks.

    So..., the OS X version only half-baked at the moment ( not as featured as the android and ios versions).

    Do you have any plans for a windows version?

    Using a tablet or phone with Skysafari is great, but sometimes the option of using a laptop for wireless control (bigger screen, mouse, optional additional monitor) is very nice.

    I control my Celestron mount wirelessly with Stellarium and the Skyportal wifi module on my XPS 13 laptop (windows 10), and it's actually really great! (even though Stellarium does not yet have a Starsense align routine).

     

     

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    Pepe Paco Tarifa

     

    Hello again Bill,

    Sorry to bother you,

    You say that "The Celestron Wi-Fi option is not supported in Mac."

    But I just received a message from your colleague;

    Keiron Smith (Simulation Curriculum Corp.), I quote:

     "SkySafari 5 for OS X connects wirelessly to the SkyPortal WiFi module.  Use "Celestron WiFi" in the ScopeType Settings."


    So, is it yes or no ???

     

     

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    Bill Tschumy

    Yes, it does connect wirelessly using Celestron Wi-Fi, but the StarSense alignment is not used.  If you want to use StarSense on Mac you have to connect with a cable and align using the HC.

    Regarding your comment: "So..., the OS X version only half-baked at the moment ( not as featured as the android and ios versions)."

    I would say it is 98% baked.  We don't have Celestron's permission to use the StarSense Wi-Fi alignment in the Mac version.  That is why it is not there.

    No, there is no Windows version planned.  We have Starry Night for Windows.  The Windows market is already flooded with good, cheap (or free) astronomy software.  It makes little business sense to go after that market at this time.

    Note that some folks are running the Android version of SkySafari under an Android emulator on Windows.  We do not officially support this configuration but it does work well.

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    Julio PepePaco

    Many thanks.

     

    Yes, emulation is Ok, but not perfect.

    Cannot get access point connection to work with Bluestacks, also screen definition much less than native.

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