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Stella Wi-Fi Adapter

Stella Wi-Fi Adapter

Meet Stella.

The adapter that allows you to wirelessly control your telescope. When paired with our Android and iOS app, StellaAccess, you can wirelessly control your computerized telescope with your smart phone or tablet. Creating its own Wi-Fi network or joining other Wi-Fi networks, the Stella adapter communicates and aids in controlling your scope to making observing a breeze!

With StellaAccess, you now have a graphical interface for navigating the night sky. With this new adapter, gone are the days of handbox limitations; now you have a full featured planetarium with 2.5 million objects at your fingertips that works in conjunction with your telescope!

Designed by Simulation Curriculum for Meade computer-controlled GoTo telescopes, Stella uses the WiFi capabilities built into your Mac, PC, iOS or Android device to point your telescope in the sky. 

Many people get lost in the sea of stars, unsure of where to look. Now with Stella and StellaAccess, you can leave your woes behind and explore the skies with ease. See a deep-sky object on StellaAccess that you want to view? With a push of a button, your telescope will point to it. Stella gives you control of your telescope at a distance; keep the handbox at your telescope, and find celestial objects wirelessly.

ABOUT STELLA WIFI ADAPTER

Does Stella require internet access to work?

Don’t worry, you don’t need internet for Stella to work properly!  Unlike Bluetooth, Stella requires no pairing and no special drivers. Supporting a DHCP server or client,  Stella can enable your telescope to be remotely controlled.

All you need is a WiFi enabled device like a laptop or desktop computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device.

How does Stella work?

Stella creates its own 802.11 wireless network. By default, this is an open wireless network called "Stella", but you can rename and secure as you wish.

Once you join this Wi-Fi network from any of your qualified devices, connect to your telescope using StellaAccess and you're ready to control your telescope from your smart phone or tablet. As long as your device gets its IP address by DHCP, no additional network configuration is required.

Battery Life  

Stella uses a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. It has a typical battery life of 4-8 hours under continuous use and offers a “power-saving mode” to aid in increased battery life.  Stella can also be powered from an external source, like USB ports or wall socket. 

Apps, Software and Firmware  

To complete your Stella experience, you'll download and use our telescope control application, StellaAccess onto your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch or Android device. The Stella WiFi adapter works seamlessly with StellaAccess app as well as the SkySafari software. Firmware is upgradable via computer.

Compatible Telescopes

Stella can wirelessly enable almost any telescope with a standard USB or RS-232 serial interface. Models that have been tested and are known to work with Stella include:

  • Meade LX200 Classic / GPS / ACF

  • Meade LX400

  • Meade LX600 / 850

  • Meade LS / LT

  • Meade ETX (when equipped with #497 or AudioStar Controller)

  • Meade LXD 55 / 75 / 650 / 750

  • Meade LX 80 / 90

  • Meade Magellan I

  • Meade Magellan II

Some Meade ETX models (60/80) shipped with the Autostar #494 controller. To make Stella work with these scopes, you need to replace the #494 Autostar controller (which does not have a serial port) with the AudioStar (which does). Contact Meade to upgrade your controller. See below for compatible non-Meade telescopes.

 

About StellaAccess (Mobile App)

StellaAccess

Powered by SkySafari technology, StellaAccess is Meade's telescope astronomy software application available to Android and iOS users. In addition to controlling your telescope, StellaAccess is a fully loaded astronomy database with over 2.5 million objects. StellaAccess gives you a graphical interface to help you explore the night sky, and can be used to control your GoTo telescope.

With other features such as sky simulations, encyclopedic descriptions of celetial objects, and compass/gyro support, you'll have one of the most advanced planetarium apps available.

Fully-Featured Planetarium Application

With over 2.5 million objects including stars, deep-sky objects, asteroids, comets, and satellites, StellaAccess is your road map to the night sky. Simulate the sky from any location on Earth, past or present. Simulate transits, eclipses, and other events with time controls.

StellaAccess can also help you identify objects in the night sky by holding up your phone or tablet. With Compass and Gyro support, the sky chart will follow your motion as you move your phone around, giving you a new way to look at the night sky.

Other notable features include iridium flare notifications, ISS tracking, Orbit Mode to simulate views from other worlds, object descriptions with color astrophotos, observing session planning, Night Vision Mode, and “Tonight at a Glance”, giving you a tour of the best objects in the night sky based on your time and location.

Wireless Telescope Control

StellaAccess includes state of the art mobile telescope control. With your telescope connected to the Stella Wi-Fi adapter, StellaAccess allows you to control your Go-To
telescope remotely. 

Once paired with your telescope, you can move your telescope through StellaAccess with the directional arrows. You can also select objects above the horizon and use StellaAccess’s GoTo feature to have your telescope slew to the object selected.

 

OTHER COMPATIBLE TELESCOPES*

  • Celestron NexStar 5i / 8i / GPS / SLT / SE / Advanced GT

  • Celestron AVX / CGE / CGEM / CPC series

  • SkyWatcher SynScan

  • Orion Sirius / Atlas / SkyView Pro / SkyQuest XTg / StarSeeker / HDX

  • iOptron SmartStar / MiniTower

  • iOptron iEQ45 with 8406 controller

  • iOptron 8407 / 8408 contollers

  • Astro-Physics GTO

  • Losmandy Gemini

  • Vixen SkySensor 2000

  • Vixen StarBook / Sphinx

  • Sky Commander

  • Losmandy DSC

  • StellarCAT ServoCAT

  • Starmaster Sky Tracker

  • SiTech Controller

  • Takahashi Temma 2

  • Bisque Paramount + TheSkyX

  • Tangent Instruments BBox Encoder System (and compatible)

  • Celestron AstroMaster

  • JMI NGC Max

  • Lumicon Sky Vector

  • Orion Sky Wizard / IntelliScope

  • Takahashi Super Navigator

 

*Due to continuous firmware updates by individual manufacturers, we cannot guarantee compatibility with non-Meade telescopes.

 

 AVAILABLE SPRING/SUMMER 2016

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SKU 608003
Weight 2.00 lbs
 
Our price: $199.00 (173.13)
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