SkyWire Lightning Serial Accessory

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  • $79.95
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  • Turn your iPhone into a 21st-century telescope controller!
  • Requires zero configuration, just plug it in.
  • Batteries not needed, powered through phone.
  • Install on unlimited devices you have linked to Google Play.
  • 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty.
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  • Description

    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.

    Telescope Compatibility

    • 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. 

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    What's Included

    Skywire Lightning Serial Telescope Controlle

  • Dimensions & Specifications


    1.5 ounces


    39 inches



    Baud Rate:

    Max 57.6 kbps

    Data Bits:

    7 or 8

    Stop Bits:

    1 or 2


    None, Even, or Odd

    Flow Control:


    iPhone Compatibility:

    Any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 4 or later

    Telescope Compatibility:

    Any telescope model with an RS-232 serial port

  • Product Guarantee

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    Manufacturer Warranty

    Default manufacturer warranty.

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

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