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    Default Turn Your Dob Into A Manual "Intelli-To" Scope



    Sorry if this has been covered already but I couldn't find it if it has. I've been using this for awhile now and it's a total blast. It takes the "Point 'n Look" to a whole new level.

    No need to spend extra bones for "Intelliscope", "Push To", setting circles or making calculations, like "where am I". Install on your phone "Sky Map", "SkEye" (I prefer Sky Map) or whatever your favorite equivalent is and then strap your phone to your Dob (or any scope for that matter) using a rubber band, strap, Velcro or whatever to your finder bracket. Better yet, get a dual bracket so you can have your finder right next to your phone. You can adjust the phone using the camera on a bright object to get a relatively decent alignment or use your finder with the app to help if your camera isn't too good or won't behave well.

    Now just watch the screen as you move your Dob. Sure, it's not going to be as detailed and accurate as a "GO-To" or "Intelli" type scope, but for free you can make your "Point 'n Look" a whole lot more fun and educational. I also strap it to my Starseeker IV C6 and C8 Go-To's when I don't feel like messing with the hand controller and motors and take full advantage of the Starseeker IV manual slewing. Anyway, it's a groovy way to have a look-see.

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    Default Re: Turn Your Dob Into A Manual "Intelli-To" Scope

    Looks pretty cool. I don't have a smart phone though.
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    Default Re: Turn Your Dob Into A Manual "Intelli-To" Scope

    I tried that once with a cell phone but was never successful because the magnetometer is way off when held less than 2 feet away from the Dob. The inclinometer is fine. Do you calibrate it first? Have you tried it outside yet, with an impression of the accuracy?
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    Default Re: Turn Your Dob Into A Manual "Intelli-To" Scope

    Quote Originally Posted by CamelHat View Post
    I tried that once with a cell phone but was never successful because the magnetometer is way off when held less than 2 feet away from the Dob. The inclinometer is fine. Do you calibrate it first? Have you tried it outside yet, with an impression of the accuracy?
    Yeah bro, accurate enough outside to make it work good and make it fun. I mean, if you had to, you could even just hold up the phone and then know where to point the scope. Most of these apps have a "Calibration" feature that actually work pretty well. I did forget to mention that it depends on your phone. The smartphone has to be typically equipped with Mag, Compass and Gyro. Most iPhone and Android (but not all) smartphones have them, at least the mid to high end ones do.

    And I suppose if one prefers simple phones because they just use it for calls and nothing else they could still pick up a 3-4 year old fully equipped LG Android phone with a 5" screen or the like in decent condition for 60 bones or so and just use it as a Sky Map/GPS unit. Plenty of free Sky Map and GPS Map apps.
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