SkyWire is the simplest way to turn your iPhone into a 21st-century telescope controller. This brand-new "Made for iPod" accessory adds an RS-232 port to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch - and lets it connect directly to the serial port on your telescope.
SkyWire isn't just a "dumb cable". Unlike other "iPhone serial cables" available on the internet, you don't have to jailbreak your iPhone to use it. It's the simplest, most reliable, and most affordable way to control a telescope from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
SkyWire requires zero configuration - just plug it into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It doesn't need batteries - it's powered by the phone, and consumes almost no power when not in use.
NOTE: SkyWire will not work with Android devices.
- Celestron NexStar 5i/8i, GPS, SLT, SE.
- Celestron CG5, CGE, CGEM, CPC, AVX.
- Celestron AstroMaster Series.
- Meade ETX, LXD, LX-400 ACF with AutoStar #497 controllers.
- Meade LX-90 & LX-200 Classic and GPS.
- Meade Magellan I and II.
- Orion Sirius, Atlas, SkyView Pro, SkyQuest XT.
- SkyWatcher mounts with SynScan controller.
- Takahashi Temma 2.
- Orion Intelliscope, Orion SkyWizard
- Lumicon SkyVector, Takahashi Super Navigator, Dave Ek Box.
NOTE: Some Meade ETX models (60/80) ship with the Autostar #494 controller. To make SkyWire work with these scopes, you need to replace the #494 Autostar controller (which does not have a serial port) with the #497 Autostar (which does). Contact Meade to upgrade your controller.
Using SkyWire with Other Apps
SkyWire was the first in a family of serial cable accessories for iOS devices. It was specifically designed by RedPark Product Development to be used with our Sky Safari iPhone app for telescope control. But it's also a true RS-232 serial port that can - in theory - be used with other serial devices. Redpark sells a similar cable that is licensed by Apple for hobbyists to develop such serial applications.
Please note that due to Apple's policy restrictions, you can only develop apps that work with Redpark's cable for your own personal use. Such apps cannot be sold on the iTunes Store. If you want to sell an iOS app which uses Redpark's serial cable, you'll need to develop your own "flavor" of the cable.
Skywire Lightning Serial Telescope Controlle
Dimensions & Specifications
Max 57.6 kbps
7 or 8
1 or 2
None, Even, or Odd
XON/XOFF, RTS, DTR
Any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 4 or later
Any telescope model with an RS-232 serial port
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