By Celestron, LLC
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From Celestron, the number one name in computerized telescopes, comes SkyQ , a multimedia sky guide and telescope observing tool.
Using your iPhone/iPad with a compass, or an iPod Touch with a gyroscope, SkyQ helps you identify stars, planets and hundreds of other celestial objects simply by holding up your phone towards the sky. Tap the Gyro button to activate the compass/gyro - now, as you move around, the sky chart follows your motion. On-screen compass display lets you know which way you are facing at all times. Select any displayed object by tapping on it to display information, images and even an audio description for the most popular celestial objects.
SkyQ, when used with Celestron’s SkyQ Link wireless module (purchased separately) can be used as a wireless controller for your Celestron computerized telescope, replacing the existing hand controller with a full-featured planetarium. SkyQ will guide you through the alignment process using the same planetarium interface used to locate and identify stars, and once aligned, will allow you to ‘goto’ objects by tapping on them in the planetarium view, or from any of the object databases or search lists.
SkyQ can be used to align and control a Celestron telescope that has an available AUX port, eliminating the need for the existing hand control (on the SE 4/5, the hand controller must remain plugged in on the fork arm, but is not needed to control the telescope). Telescope control can be established over a Direct WiFi connection to the SkyQ Link module, or the SkyQ Link can be configured to connect to an existing WiFi network that your iOS device is already connected to.
SkyQ gives you a complete and detailed depiction of the night sky, from the phases of the moon and visible planets, all the way down to the name and position of the moons around Jupiter and Saturn. It even tracks the International Space Station (ISS), and predicts sightings of its appearance.
SkyQ presents the night sky with a full Multimedia experience.
Virtual Sky -The virtual sky mode displays a realistic view of the night sky for your given time and location.
Images – hundreds of full color images of many of the most famous celestial objects in the sky.
Audio Guides – and most importantly, it talks. Listen to any one of over 300 audio guides with useful and entertaining information about the constellations, planets and most famous galaxies, nebulae and stars. Go to SkyQapp.com for more information and to listen to sample audio clip.
• Easy-to-use astronomy application to locate and identify virtually any celestial object visible in the night sky.
• Full control and alignment capability for most Celestron computerized telescopes that have an available AUX or Hand Controller port (*).
• Over 4 hours of audio for many of the most famous objects in the sky including; Planets, Galaxies, Nebulae and the brightest stars.
• Wikipedia links for expanded information on the most popular celestial objects (wifi connection required)
• Works on all iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices with the latest firmware (iPhone 3GS/4/iPad2 required for compass support)
• Tracks the International Space Station (ISS) and predicts sightings
• Tonight's Sky" will keep you up-to-date and give you suggestions for the best objects to view when you head outside
• Moon phase calendar, detailed lunar map and visible planet graph helps you keep track of the events of our Solar System
• Jupiter's and Saturn's Moons positions as seen through a telescope
• Night Vision mode
What's New in Version 2.1.1
We are aware of issues with this release, which was meant to address the alignment problem and use with AVX mounts from version 2.1.0. We are working to correct this problem, and an update will be available soon.
Promises much but has many bugs
As a app it promises so much. I have a Canon SLR which can be controlled by WiFi so adding the ability to control my CPC-1100 by WiFi too would be a huge innovation. The prospect of astrophotography from my study is very appealing. Unfortunately SkyQ is quite a flaky app and fails to deliver on its promises.
I found it often crashed and required me to reboot my iPad several times. Many of the telescope controls (up/down and left/right) were very unresponsive while working fine at other times. Sometimes it would complain it couldn't find my location only for it to show it precisely when I went into its location settings.
Access Point Mode doesn't allow a wifi network with spaces in the SSID, although it doesn't warn of this if you enter one. The security mode cannot be set as the selector control doesn't respond to touch but according to their support site this setting isn't used anyway so no worries!
All this makes the app feel cheaply made, as if Celestron couldn't be bothered to fix its limitations/bugs and would rather give workarounds or excuses on their support website. I always thought Celestron set the gold standard for quality. This app places them firmly in the lowest league. Come on Celestron - it's no good selling great hardware if you back it up with substandard software.
Don’t expect this to align your scope
To align your scope with this app you need to select the star, then the scope slews, then you need to centre the star with the onscreen buttons. Exactly the same procedure as your hand control. Problem is the onscreen buttons don’t work, when you touch them the app just selects whats behind them on the star map, or ignores your touch if theres nothing there. Great idea but as it can’t carry out its primary function, this is useless. The skyQ link works perfectly with the Nexremote software and a PC, if you’ve already bought it, and until this app is fixed thats the way to go.
The reason Celestron are giving out why this isn't working is when Celestron uploaded the application to Apple, Apple corrupted the files...hmm.
Anyways...this is has gone on since September 2013 and no fix seems like it's forthcoming. Don't bother with this application and it's required hardware because it won't work and control your telescope.
I'm utterly irate as I've spent a pile of money on something that is of no use what-so-ever. Buy at your own peril.
- Category: Education
- Updated: 23 September 2013
- Version: 2.1.1
- Size: 108 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Celestron, LLC.
- © 2011 Celestron, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.