iOptron StarFi Wifi Telescope Adapter and SkySafari Pro 5

Recently while looking at the various accessories available for the iOptron ZEQ25GT mount, I found that iOptron had a small little box, the StarFi wifi telescope adapter, which allows for the mount to be controlled wirelessly through SkySafari.  So while searching about SkySafari in the Apple App Store, I found that there was the new SkySafari 5 App which was currently on offer at 50% off (Pro version currentl £14.99, RRP £29.99). It was a no brainer that I had to buy this App, as I am in need of a good App for searching for Deep Sky Objects, and the Pro version has the largest database. In order to get the most from the SkySafari, I also decided to buy the StarFi for my iOptron mount to make it wirelessly controllable with my iPhone.

I ordered the StarFi from Altair Astro on Monday (who confirmed that it was in stock) when they reopened for the new year after the Christmas break, and I was very pleased that it arrived the next day.

It comes packaged in a very plain cardboard box. But it is sufficient  to protect the StarFi against damage.

Plain packaging of the iOptron Starfi
Plain packaging of the iOptron Starfi

You will find in the box the StarFi wifi adapter, 2 different cables (one is for the RS232 and the other for the iOptron port) and the instruction manual.

StarFi wifi telescope adapter with 2 connecting cables and instructions
StarFi wifi telescope adapter with 2 connecting cables and instructions

The instructions are very clear and if followed, should allow for successful use of the StarFi with the iOS or Android device (do note that currently there is only the iOS version of SkySafari 5 available, so Android users would have to use SkySafari 4 to connect to their mount).

Instructions - need to follow to get StarFi working
Instructions – need to follow to get StarFi working
Back of instructions
Back of instructions

I did update my ZEQ25 mount firmware to the latest version prior to pairing with the StarFi. There are two different sized short cables supplied, to connect the StarFi to the RS232 port of the hand controller and the iOptron port of the mount.

StarFi connected to the handcontroller
StarFi connected to the handcontroller via the RS232 port
Controller with RS232 connection to the StarFi wifi adapter
Controller with two cables connected – RS232 connection just below the zero button is connected to the StarFi wifi adapter
StarFi connected to the handcontroller and to the iOptron port on the mount
StarFi connected to the handcontroller and to the iOptron port on the mount
Connection to the iOptron port
Connection to the iOptron port

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