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What Can I Do If SkyBT Is Unavailable? (Answer: Get SkyFi 3, It Works On Both iOS and Android, Has A Rechargeable Battery)

I see you have the device on backorder, and it's currently unavailable on Amazon. I was going Io give it a good review on Cloudy Nithts, but I hesitate to recommend it to people if they can't get it. When will it be available again?

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    Matt Hjelle Official comment

    Hi Terry,

    Unfortunately, our manufacturing partner is slow to provide some necessary components which causes all too frequent backorder situations. The unit itself is also becoming a bit obsolete in comparison to options like the SkyFi III that offer better durability/range/security/flexibility/compatibility.  It's possible SkyBT won't be offered for sale too much longer.

    Learn more about SkyFi III here:  https://store.simulationcurriculum.com/products/skyfi-iii-wireless-scope-control

    Thanks,

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    Woody

    Terry,

    Even if they've discontinued the SkyBT, the original RN-270M (Roving Networks) is still available from online sources.  It's the same device, but without the SkyBT label.  It's also called the "Firefly."  They made it for Simulation Curriculum.  I have one of each.  They're identical.\

    The "M" version has a male DB-9 connector.  There's also a "F" version which you probably don't want.

     

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    Terry Barker

    Thanks, that's very useful. I had no idea.

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    Steven Marty

    Yes, thanks for the information.  I just ordered one to have a backup.

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    Woody

    I find Matt's comment that the SkyFi-III has greater range amusing.  That's the exact opposite of my experience.  And I have many more connection drop problems with the Sky-Fi-III than with my SkyBT/RN-270 Bluetooth devices.  And it seems that as WiFi control for mounts increases, more and more users are having interference/lock-out problems at large astronomy events (such as Grand Canyon Star Party) because there's such a limited number of WiFi channels available.  And finally, until Simulation Curriculum solves the SkySafari/Celestron Wi-Fi/StarSense auto-align problem (way over a year now and it's still not working despite the latest "fix"), the SkyBT/RN-270 Bluetooth mount control route is by far the "best" solution for my systems.  I have a SkyFi-III but rarely use it.  Fortunately all my StarSense systems still have the old RS-232 ports in their hand-controls.  If I had the newer ones with USB, I'd be forced to use SkyFi-III.

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