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Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter


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Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter - a wifi unit for wirelessly connecting to and controlling your Goto telescope mount via yourSmartphone or tablet.
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The Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter is a wireless dongle that attaches to your Meade Goto telescope (and many other manufacturer's Goto systems, including Celestron, Skywatcher, iOptron, Astro-Physics, Losmandy, Vixen, Losmandy, Takahashi, Software Bisque and more), either via USB or Serial connection and provides wireless control over your goto telescope mount via the additional purchase of the StellaAccess App, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices (please check for compatability).

The Meade Stella Wi-Fi Adapter sets up a powerful wirelss network, which you would log into from your device and then launch the StellaAccess App, which allows you to log into a prealigned goto mount and take over control of it from your Smartphone or Tablet.  Controlling a telescope from the StellaAccess App is wonderfully intuative and a real step-up from using a traditional handset.  The App allows you to see objects surrounding the field of view of the telescope - simply click on a neighbouring target, hit "Goto" and the telesope will slew to a new position in the sky.

Compatible Meade Telescopes.

  • Meade LX200 Classic and GPS

  • Meade LX400 ACF

  • 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) 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 Meade AudioStar (which does).


Non-Meade Telescope Compatibility*

  • 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.



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 Wi-Fi enabled device like an 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 purchase Meade's telescope control application, StellaAccess onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch or Android device. The Stella Wi-Fi adapter works seamlessly with StellaAccess app as well as the SkySafari software. Firmware is upgradable via computer.

Does the mobile app, StellaAccess, come free with Stella?

No, purchasing Stella Wi-Fi adapter does not include the mobile application, StellaAccess. StellaAccess is available for purchase for $14.99 from the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes Store.

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