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How To Align A Celestron AVX Using Celestron's SkyPortal WiFi Module And SkySafari 6 Plus? (Answer: Read On!)

I have an issue aligning my AVX using Celestron Skyportal wifi dongle and SkySafari 6 plus.   The first star aligns as expected but when i select the second star the mount slews to the wrong part of the sky.   I am a newbie to astronomy however I have been able to make alignment with the hand controller only.  The log file is too long to attach, any suggestions? 

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    Pedro Braganca

    Hi Allan, I suggest you contact Celestron directly - I don't have an AVX mount to test but we do work with Celestron closely and they will get you all setup with the Celestron SkyPortal app and your specific mount.  

    https://www.celestron.com/pages/support

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    Allan Saville

    Hi,

    I very much like the extra features of SkySafari so may also look into the skyfi option.  I have been able to make a USB (prolific usb to serial adapter and BT/USB/TCP Bridge Pro 2.5) connection from android SF6 to my synscan HC ( I have an EQ6 and AVX), it can work but the connection drops out often.  AVX HC will connect and receive goto commands but does not update SF with co-ordinates.   So USB cable connection on android is currently not reliable enough to be an option so will take a look at skyfi. 

    Many Thanks

    Allan  

     

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    Allan Saville

    Hi,

    I tried again last night and had success using a USB C to serial adapter cable with FDTI chip to connect SkySafari 6 on my android 9 phone to my Celestron AVX HC serial port.  The connection dropped out during my observation session but was simple to reconnect,  I did alignment on the HC first then connected SkySafari 6 (without SF alignment).  The bridge software BT/USB/TCP Bridge Pro 2.5 is required to bridge between TCP and the USB cable.  This bridge software did stop a few times during ~2 hours of observation but was not a problem to restart then reconnect SkySafari.   As someone very new to astronomy I was very impressed with SkySafari telescope control and the number of objects I was able to view was excellent.

     

     

     

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    Keiron Smith

    An excellent result, Allan!  Clear skies!

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