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SkyFi 3 and Sky Tracker

I bought a Starmaster telescope with a Sky Tracker drive and a SkyFi 3, hoping to use Sky Safari Pro 5 with them.  However, I can't get the SkyFi to communicate with the Sky Tracker, as evidenced by not getting a green light or WiFi signal.  I have the cross-connected cable plugged into Aux 2 on the Tracker,  as the SC website states.

The previous owner said he was able to get them working, but I think it has been too long for him to remember how.

Hal

 

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    Bill Tschumy

    Hal,

    Are you sure you have a SkyFi 3 rather than SkyFi 2?  The former doesn't have a green light whereas the SkyFi 2 does.

    How are you powering the SkyFi?

    You might try doing a reset on the SkyFi 2.  Turn the unit on and use a paperclip to push the reset button on the back of the unit.

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    Hrgreen

    No, I have a SkyFi 3.  It says so on the back.  It does not appear to have a reset button.  I think the reason I expected a green light is that I was reading obsolete SkyFi 2 information on the website about how to use it with the Sky Tracker.  There were no directions with this unit.  Is there a manual or anything I can download about the 3? 

    Now that I know there is no green light, I need to go experiment some more and get back to you.  Thanks.

    Hal

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    Bill Tschumy

    Hal,

    We ship the SkyFi 3 with a Quick Start Guide.  We should have it on our site, but it looks like it is not (I will fix that).  In the meantime you can get to it from this URL:

    http://www.otherwise.com/SimCur/SkyFi_III_Quick_Start.pdf

    You should also read the page on our site for SkyFi 3.  It has some information about the SkyTracker.

    http://www.skysafariastronomy.com/skyfi-3-professional-astronomy-telescope-control.html

     

     

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    Hrgreen

    Bill, thank you for your help.  The key thing was I didn't believe the unit was working because I couldn't get a green light.  Plus, the previous owner had re-named and locked the SkyFi, but never thought to tell me,.and I thought it was my neighbor's Wifi.  I had to call the seller, and after a ten minute search, he found the PW.  Everything is now working.  I'll get those pages.

    Hal

     

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    Bill Tschumy

    Good to hear you're up and running.

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