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    Keiron Smith Official comment

    Hi Richard, 

    If you're having connection problems with SkyPortal then you will want to try SkyFi 3 - the signal is rock solid.

    However, note that when using SkyFi 3 with StarSense you will, as Bill said, have to align using the hand controller.  You will not be able to do a complete alignment using only the SkySafari app.

    Thanks!

     

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Richard, 

    1. What scope are you looking to use either of these devices with?
    2. Are you using the Celestron StarSense as part of your setup?
    3. Do you already own the Celestron SkyPortal?

    Thanks!

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    Bill Tschumy

    That is a bit of a uncomfortable question because we have a partnership with Celestron.  However, I think SkyFi is better with respect to the following:

    1. The wireless connection seems to be much more stable based upon user reports.

    2. When you use the SkyPortal Wi-Fi, you have to do everything using the app. The hand controller is not used at all (and should not be used).  With SkyFi, you connect to the mount through the hand controller.  You first align the mount using the hand controller and then connect.  You can then use either the HC or the app to do GoTos, slews, alignment refinements, etc).

    3. SkyFi can be used with other non-Celestron mounts in addition to Celestron mounts.

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    Richard Sutor

    Keiron, I'm using the device with a Celestron NexStar 6se. I am using StarSense. I do own the SkyPortal but the connection is sometimes flaky.

    Bill, thank you, I think I'll give the SkyFi a shot.

    Thank you all for answering!

    -Richard

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