SkyWire iPad accessory

Southern Stars

415-671-6251; www.southernstars.com

Southern Stars
Now you can use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a powerful telescope controller thanks to SkyWire ($79) from Southern Stars. This adapter adds a 30-inch cable and RS-232 port to your Apple device, allowing you to control any telescope that accepts a serial connection. SkyWire works with Southern Stars SkySafari planetarium app (formerly SkyVoyager), turning your smart device into a go-to controller with an interactive sky chart and tens of thousands of objects accessible with just a few taps on the screen. SkyWire is an Apple-approved accessory that requires no modification to your Apple device. Some telescopes may require an additional cable to adapt SkyWire’s standard DB9 connector.

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