Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter for Meade and other go-to telescopes

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The Meade Stella Wi-Fi adapter lets you wirelessly control your telescope from your tablet or smartphone.
Our Product #: STELLA
Meade Product #: 608003
 

Product Description

The Meade Stella Wi-Fi adapter allows you to wirelessly control your telescope remotely using the Wi-Fi capabilities built into your smartphone or tablet, without being tied to your scope by a hand control cord. Stella is great for family viewing or outreach, as you don't have to worry about someone getting tangled up in your hand control cord. 

Using the optional StellaAccess planetarium database, Stella lets you learn about a celestial object on your smartphone or tablet. At the push of a button, Stella will then automatically point your telescope at the object you're viewing on your app so you can see it in real life.

The Meade Stella creates its own 802.11 wireless network at your scope. By default, this is an open wireless network called "Stella", but you can rename and secure it as you wish using the built-in web server that configures Wi-Fi parameters such as security, passwords, and SSID (Service Set ID, which allows you to rename the network). By creating its own Wi-Fi network, with no need for an internet connection or having to join other Wi-Fi networks, the Stella adapter lets you communicate with and control your scope from your tablet or smartphone, making observing a breeze!

When paired with the optional Meade Android and iOS app, StellaAccess, Stella gives you a graphical interface for navigating the night sky. With the Meade Stella adapter, gone are the days of guesswork and hand control limitations to finding your way around the sky. You now have a full-featured planetarium at your fingertips that controls your telescope at the push of a button!

Stella will work with all Meade computer-controlled go-to telescopes that use an AudioStar, AutoStar (non #494 versions), AutoStar II, or AutoStar III hand control. It also works with many other telescope brands (listed below). 

Stella is powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The typical battery life is 4-8 hours of continuous use and there is a power-saving mode for increased battery life.  Stella can also be powered by an external power supply, such as a USB port or AC wall plug. Cables for both AC power (120V, 60Hz) and USB to micro-USB are included. 

To complete your Stella experience, simply purchase and download Meade's inexpensive telescope control application, StellaAccess, onto your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device. The Stella Wi-Fi adapter works seamlessly with the StellaAccess app as well as with SkySafari software (although you'll still need the StellaAccess app to use the Wi-Fi adapter with SkySafari). The Stella firmware is upgradable via computer. 

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. Leave your hand control untouched at your telescope, and find celestial objects wirelessly.

COMPATIBLE MEADE 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 at the present time include:

Meade LX200 Classic and GPS, LX400 ACF, LX600/850, LS/LT, ETX (when equipped with #497 or AudioStar Controller), LXD 55/75/650/750, LX 80/90, and Magellan I and Magellan II.

Some Meade ETX models (60/80) ship 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.

OTHER COMPATIBLE TELESCOPES

Astro-Physics GTO.

Celestron NexStar 5i, 8i, GPS, SLT, SE, Advanced GT, AVX, CGE, CGEM, AstroMaster, and CPC series.

iOptron SmartStar, MiniTower, iEQ45 with 8406 controller, and 8407/8408 contollers.

JMI NGC Max.

Losmandy Gemini and DSC.

Lumicon Sky Vector.

Orion Sirius, Atlas, SkyView Pro, SkyQuest XTg, StarSeeker, HDX, Sky Wizard, and IntelliScope.

SiTech Controller.

Sky Commander.

SkyWatcher SynScan.

SoftwareBisque Paramount and TheSkyX

Starmaster Sky Tracker.

StellarCAT ServoCAT.

Takahashi Temma 2 and Super Navigator.

Tangent Instruments BBox Encoder System (and compatible).

Vixen SkySensor 2000, StarBook, and Sphinx.

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

Tech Details

Weight 6 oz.
Warranty 1 year

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