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Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter

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The Celestron AC to DC Power adapter has a standard 2-prong North American power plug on a ~6' cord on one end, and a 5.5mm circular DC output jack on a ~6 cord on the other side; in between is a transformer box.  The North American plug cord is detachable from the transformer; the cord with the 5.5mm DC plug point is permanently attached to the transformer.  Output of this unit is consistently 12 volts DC.

This allows AC 120-240V, 50-60 Hz AC current supplies to power any of the Celestron telescopes with the 5.5mm DC input on their drive base, a long list of items which includes the Advanced, Celestar 8, CG9/11/14, CI700, CPC, CGE, NexStar i, NexStar SE, Celestron NexStar i, NexStar SE, Ultima 2000 series and others.

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CelestronAC to DC Power Adapter
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (22)

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    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Widely compatible adapter (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (19)
    • Terrestrial viewing (8)
    • Astrophotography (7)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter

    This power unit, when connected to my CPC 9.5 inch Celestron Telescope allows for use of the scope when connected to AC mains power.
    It's a pity that Celestron hasn't designed the 3...Read complete review

    This power unit, when connected to my CPC 9.5 inch Celestron Telescope allows for use of the scope when connected to AC mains power.
    It's a pity that Celestron hasn't designed the 3 metre power cable jack with the same screw-lock mechanism that the DC car cigarette lighter has. It is easy to knock or jar the poweer jack, cutting power to the scope, loosing all alignment-data input downloaded to the PC. This can be fixed by using some commercial packing tape or similar to firmly tape the power cord to the base of the scope, preventing the jack from being dislodged.
    Otherwise, at around $20.00 this accessory is great value. It is likely that a extension cord is needed to get the power to where you have your scope situated.
    Anyone owning a CPC series scope would be well recommended to get this must have.
    I have heard of CPC owners trying to adapt the cig lighter cord to an off the shelf converter and having glitches with proper functioning or calibration of the scope. I can't comment on that, but since getting the Celestron AC to DC power supply have had no problems at all, once the power cord is taped to the scope base.
    Keep in mind when locating your scope and power board it will be dark, and with 3 or 4 connecting cords running from the scope things can get tangled very quickly when the scope slews to a different object, or you trip over power/scope connection cords, it could be a very expensive slip-up. So keep it neat, and be aware of power and connection cords when using the scope in the dark.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worked Well and Then It Did Not

    I purchased this for my CPC925 to ensure an adequate and reliable power source. My experience with Radio Shack and no-name brands switching adapters was poor so I decided to get the Celestron with...Read complete review

    I purchased this for my CPC925 to ensure an adequate and reliable power source. My experience with Radio Shack and no-name brands switching adapters was poor so I decided to get the Celestron with its two year warranty.

    What can I say it worked just fine for several months. The last night the scope started to cycle on and off. I took the adapter to a different outlet and connected a VOM--12.2V then 9V the 10V then 12.2V. I disconnected and reinserted the AC cable and tried again--12.2V! After a few moments it dropped to 9V and begain cycling.

    I know the warranty drill with Celestron and I will call for an RMA I guess. But when you add the cost of shipping it back to Celestron it is much less of a bargain.

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    5.0

    AC/DC power

    By Shermn8r

    from Maryland

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Widely Compatible Adapter

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography
      • Terrestrial Viewing

      Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

      The Celestron is a must have for telescope owners, I prefer to plug in my scope's computerized hand control when using on the deck out back because I find myself stargazing for hours on end. It works as stated, and I rather rely on battery usage when going out to an open field for viewing. If you own a scope, get juiced!

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      • No

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      5.0

      It's powerful!!

      By Just John

      from Monroe Township, NJ

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

          Great product. You plug one end in the wall and power comes out the other end. Saves a lot of batteries:)

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          AC to DC Power Adapter by Celestron

          By Air Force Fighter Guy

          from Leesburg, VA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

            This adapter is a "have to have." The lighter plug in is ok but if you can't have your car nearby, you need a way to get power to the telescope. Don't leave home without it.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Even whiter teeth!!

            By Nordypooh

            from Canada

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Can Double As A Jump Rope

            Cons

            • Doesn't Keep Pizza Hot

            Best Uses

            • Yachting

            Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

            Promptly after removing this item from it's well styled yet understated white box I put it straight to work. Carefully inserting one end into an electrical outlet conveniently located in a wall near by. And the other end into my mount that was unfortunately set up about 3 & 1/2 inches to far from said outlet to reach with the length of cord provided with the device.
            Provided you don't get the AC and DC ends mixed up the device should work well for you.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works great!

            By Andy

            from Eastern Washington

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Decent Long Chord
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography
              • For Celestron 4se Telesco
              • Terrestrial Viewing

              Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

              It's a power adapter I bought for the Celestron 4SE telescope and it works good. It's plug and play. What more can be said about a power adapter? ;-)

              Thanks B&H for the good shopping experience!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Must. Have for Nexstar 8se

              By Dre

              from Newcastle, Australia

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                  If you're viewing from home get this as the telescope will drain batteries in about 30mins. The wall plug is moduler so I swapped it out with one off my camera charger, works on Australian voltage.

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not a good experience

                  By Renie

                  from central Maine

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Fit

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                      Customer service told me that this adapter would work with my old Celestron telescope but it did not fit and so was unusable. Returned for a refund.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great purchase, saves you tons $

                      By fcesq

                      from Rye, NY

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Widely Compatible Adapter

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                        If you are using a Celestron Nexstar telescope, this adapter will save you incredilbe amounts of wasted money on batteries. I've found that the telescope eats up batteries after just 35-45 minutes, and the cost really ads up, so do yourself a favor and buy the ac adapter.

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                        5.0

                        AC power cord beats batteries

                        By mftitus1

                        from dallas, tx

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                            this is better than batteries, it saves you money

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Awesome I would buy again

                            By Doug

                            from Kingston,Ma

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Astronomy

                                Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                It works great

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Good

                                By Marksbnu

                                from New York , NY

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy
                                  • Astrophotography
                                  • Terrestrial Viewing

                                  Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                  It works as expected

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Good

                                  By Lelo

                                  from New York ,NY

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Widely Compatible Adapter

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy
                                    • Astrophotography
                                    • Terrestrial Viewing
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                    It works as I expected

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    2.0

                                    Worked Well and Then It Did Not

                                    By trekguy

                                    from Lamorinda, CA

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Construction

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy

                                    Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                    I purchased this for my CPC925 to ensure an adequate and reliable power source. My experience with Radio Shack and no-name brands switching adapters was poor so I decided to get the Celestron with its two year warranty.

                                    What can I say it worked just fine for several months. The last night the scope started to cycle on and off. I took the adapter to a different outlet and connected a VOM--12.2V then 9V the 10V then 12.2V. I disconnected and reinserted the AC cable and tried again--12.2V! After a few moments it dropped to 9V and begain cycling.

                                    I know the warranty drill with Celestron and I will call for an RMA I guess. But when you add the cost of shipping it back to Celestron it is much less of a bargain.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter

                                    By K

                                    from N.S.W. Australia

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Fit

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy
                                    • Astrophotography
                                    • Terrestrial Viewing
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                    This power unit, when connected to my CPC 9.5 inch Celestron Telescope allows for use of the scope when connected to AC mains power.
                                    It's a pity that Celestron hasn't designed the 3 metre power cable jack with the same screw-lock mechanism that the DC car cigarette lighter has. It is easy to knock or jar the poweer jack, cutting power to the scope, loosing all alignment-data input downloaded to the PC. This can be fixed by using some commercial packing tape or similar to firmly tape the power cord to the base of the scope, preventing the jack from being dislodged.
                                    Otherwise, at around $20.00 this accessory is great value. It is likely that a extension cord is needed to get the power to where you have your scope situated.
                                    Anyone owning a CPC series scope would be well recommended to get this must have.
                                    I have heard of CPC owners trying to adapt the cig lighter cord to an off the shelf converter and having glitches with proper functioning or calibration of the scope. I can't comment on that, but since getting the Celestron AC to DC power supply have had no problems at all, once the power cord is taped to the scope base.
                                    Keep in mind when locating your scope and power board it will be dark, and with 3 or 4 connecting cords running from the scope things can get tangled very quickly when the scope slews to a different object, or you trip over power/scope connection cords, it could be a very expensive slip-up. So keep it neat, and be aware of power and connection cords when using the scope in the dark.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Works well

                                    By SAL

                                    from San Francisco, CA

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Astronomy
                                      • Astrophotography

                                      Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                      Works to power Celestron NexStar 6se. Good to have this for times when you are near an outlet and a battery source (like a PowerTank) is depleted.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great accesory

                                      By Florencia

                                      from Raleigh, NC

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                          I purchased this with my new telescope. I worked out the need for batteries which I try to avoid for environmental reasons. So, any time i have a power source around, I use it.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Work as expected

                                          By Tim

                                          from Denver, Colorado

                                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                                The AC to DC power adapter works really well. My telescope came only with the car adapter and this is a necessity for home use or viewing sites with electrical plugs.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Love It

                                                By WSBates

                                                from Birmingham AL

                                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Astronomy

                                                  Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                                  If you hate batteries and have access to a 110V outlet this is for you!

                                                  When the telescope rotates you have to be mindful of it or the cord will become tangled around the tripod legs and come unplugged.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Better than a battery

                                                  By smk

                                                  from Barrington, RI

                                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Strong Construction

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Astronomy

                                                    Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                                    I got this so I can run the CG-5 from a home outlet. Does just that. I'd much rather use an adaptor than have a battery.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    A must for battery free viewing

                                                    By Svensk Pojken

                                                    from Mill Valley, CA

                                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Astronomy

                                                      Comments about Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter:

                                                      Fits snug, very long cord, great accessory for my NexStar 6SE.

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