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Please Someone Verify That SkySafari 6 Plus/Pro On macOS Can Be Used To Control A EQ6/5 Mount Via The SynScan Pro App + SynScan WiFi Adapter? (Answer: Verified, Yes It Works!)

Hi,

I know that the Synscan Wifi Adapter and Synscan Pro App is not supported officially but ... I have Sky Safari 6 Plus iOS on my iPad and it will drive my EQ6/5 Synscan Wifi Mount via the Synscan Pro App on my iPhone - so that is great. :-) 

But before I buy the MacOS version of Sky Safari 6 Plus ...

Please can someone verify that they have Sky Safari 6 Plus/Pro on MacOS driving their mount via the Synscan Pro app and the Synscan WiFi adapter?

Thx

Terry

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    Vsincholle

    Hi Terry,

    I have the same question and please if you got the answer, it will interest me.

    Thx

    Vincent

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    Terry Webb

    All - VERIFIED!

    As I couldn't get Stellarium to talk to my Synscan WiFi device I eventually bit the bullet and bought Sky Safari 6 Plus for macOS - Phew - It works!

    You still need a 'second' device as with Sky Safari 6 Plus for iOS. So I have my iPhone running Synscan Pro - then my MacBook Pro runs Sky Safari 6 Plus with the normal Synscan WiFi communication settings of 192.164.4.2 and Port 11882 - Connects and hey presto! They both have to be on the Synscan WiFi Network of course. For info I aligned the mount using Synscan Pro first, then connected to Sky Safari.

    Went down well with its first Outreach event with kids asking how the scope was moving!

    Well pleased! All I need now is the single device solution. ;-)

    Cheers

    Terry

    PS Quick Tip for any iPhone users - You can use the Accessibility Settings to setup Colour Filters (to red) and White Point (to low) and use the Triple Click to get the Accessibility Shortcut to Activate - The Colour Filter sets the WHOLE screen so you don't get the White Status Bar at the top. :-)

     

     

     

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    Keiron Smith

    An excellent result, Terry!  Thanks for sharing you experience in the community forums!

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    Keiron Smith

    Hi Terry, 

    I'm looking for a clarification here.

    1. Are you connecting SkySafari 6 Plus (on macOS) to the IP Address of the SynScan Pro app (on iOS) which is then, in turn, connected to the SynScan WiFi module?  Or...  
    2. Are you connecting SkySafari 6 Plus (on macOS) to the IP Address of the SynScan WiFi module AND (separately) also connecting the SynScan Pro app (on iOS) to the SynScan WiFi module; i.e. both apps connect directly to the SkyScan WiFi module?

    I have reports confirming the connection can be made via #1 but NOT #2.

    If you can verify your configuration that would be very helpful.

    Thanks!

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    Terry Webb

    Hi Keiron,

    Sort of 1 - if I understand correctly. No idea how I could even discover the IP address of the Synscan Pro app - surely is the device that has an IP address not an app? You set SkySafari Telescope Setting to the IP Address of the DEVICE (i.e. iPhone) and Port 11882 (note the online and paper Synscan Manual are wrong they say 11880)  running SynscanPro, which then connects to the SynscanWiFi Module - whilst BOTH devices are connected to the SynscanWiFi Module published Network.

    So ...

    Connect up the SynScan WiFi Dongle to the Mount and power-up.

    Connect the iPhone to the Synscan published WiFi network e.g. sysncan1234

    Start the iPhone SynscanPro App and Connect to the Mount (knows the IP address of the SynscanWiFi Module - initially fixed at 192.168.4.1) and Align

    Connect the MacBook to the Synscan published WiFi network e.g. sysncan1234

    Start up SkySafari on the MacBook set the Telescope settings to the IP Address of the iPhone running SynscanPro (normally 192.164.4.2) and Port 11882 - See attached Setting Screen Grab.

    Hey presto.

    BTW - Sure you already know but the reason you need two iOS devices is just that iOS is not actually multitasking - you cannot run apps in the background - so you cannot run SynscanPro AND SkySafari at the same time - unlike Android, which can. 

    Note that if I substitute the MacBook for say an iPad or another iPhone running SkySafari it of course also works.

    Not yet tried to align via SkySafari or even if you can.

    Cheers

    Terry

    Synscan WiFi Module Manual:

    https://inter-static.skywatcher.com/downloads/synscanwifi_102.pdf

     

    MacOS SkySafari Telescope Settings:

     

     

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    Terry Webb

    Doh - Typo 192.164.4.2 should of course be 192.168.4.2.

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