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Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory

B&H # CESSATAA Mfr # 94005
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You Pay: $329.95
Product Highlights
  • Auto-Alignment of Celestron Telescopes
  • For NexStar/CGE/CPC/CG-5/LCM Mounts
  • Digital Camera Attachment
  • Includes Hand Controller
  • Pre-Loaded 40,000 Object Database

The StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory from Celestron includes an integrated digital camera that attaches to the telescope’s optical tube, as well as an included hand controller that connects to compatible computerized Celestron telescope mounts. StarSense technology uses a built-in camera to automatically identify calibration stars and enable go-to alignment of the telescope's optical tube with celestial objects pre-loaded into the hand controller. After installing the camera and activating the hand controller, the StarSense accessory collects information from its field of view and delivers precise go-to pointing within three minutes. Please be aware that this item is designed for use in the Northern Hemisphere, there may be compatibility issues with equipment used in the Southern Hemisphere.

StarSense Technology
Celestron's proprietary technology analyzes the celestial field of view and identifies calibration stars that are pre-loaded into the hand controller, enabling compatible Celestron computerized mounts to automatically align with the moon, planet, or deep sky object of the observer's choosing.
Compatibility
  • NexStar SE series
  • NexStar GPS series
  • NexStar SLT with aux splitter
  • Advanced VX
  • CG-5
  • CGEM, CGEM DX
  • CGE
  • CGE Pro
  • CPC, CPC DX
  • LCM with aux splitter
Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory
  • Two Year Limited Warranty
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    CelestronStarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory
     
    3.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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      5.0

      StarSense and a CGEM mount is the best

      By Telescott

      from Lexington Ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Alignment Of The Scope Is
      • Helps A Amateur

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

          I am now enjoying my telescope thanks to the recent purchase of the StarSense and a CGEM mount. I was ready to give up as I don't know the sky and it was not any fun to have an 11" scope just sitting unused.

          For the past two weekends I have used the StarSense and after some hiccups setting it up, it works very good.

          Last night at our public night in Bellville Ohio at the Warren Rupp Observatory wro.org the sky was not clear so the scope was still on the moving castors so a polar alignment was not completed. I did a auto alignment and chose the Ring Nebula to slew to. It was within the eyepiece, it worked well enough to look at a few things and allow the visitors to see something.

          Thanks Celestron and B&H Photo for the fun the past two weekends.

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          1.0

          Don't buy until problems sorted

          By Raj

          from UK

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

              I bought this to use with a C8 with a CG-5 mount with an auxillary splitter. Currently it doesn't work. Celestron seems to be working hard to get it to work according to the support forums. But I do not recommend buying until problems are sorted.

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              4.0

              it is ok just not for me

              By phliperfil

              from cumberland ontario

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

              I sent it back it was not for me

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              1.0

              Not ready for primetime

              By Casey

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult to Use
                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

                  I LOVE Celestron, but the marketing and sales department at Celestron needs to report under the VP of engineering. Mine was buggy--shut down often and ended up making alignment more time consuming rather than less. I also have a skyprodigy that works fine. But this accessory needs way more QA effort put into it so that it works with all of the advertised mounts it is supposed to work with. (AVX mount)

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                  5.0

                  Flawless - When programmed correctly

                  By xander2056

                  from Toronto, ON

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

                    I was delighted to find that the StarSense accessory exceeded my expectations. I made some errors while programming the device which caused it to fail at tracking, but once I input the correct information all was good.

                    The new remote is much faster than the out of the box Celestron 8SE.

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                    5.0

                    Works as anticipated

                    By The begazer.

                    from Edmonds, WA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

                      Prior to calibrating, initial alignment pretty close. In clear sky, alignment is faster than three minutes or seems so. With cloudy skies or obstructions takes a lot longer than three minutes. Worth every penny.

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                      5.0

                      Opened new worlds to this user!

                      By Bill B.

                      from Madison, WI

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to set-up
                      • Increases The Scope Value
                      • Speed Of Auto-align

                      Cons

                      • Cost

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

                        I have owned my Celestron Nexstar 8 SE for over five years. During that time I rarely manually aligned the scope each night I used it. Instead I'd just point to the planet I wanted to see utilizing my iPhone or star charts to guide me. I knew that my telescope was capable of more, but figured that there would be an app on the iPhone that would help with auto-alignment at some point.

                        While not an app, the StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory was the next best thing. It was easy to set-up and only takes three minutes to automatically align. Now instead of just showing off Saturn and Jupiter to the neighborhood, I can show them star clusters, galaxies and the smaller planets that were too difficult to locate without alignment.

                        It is a fantastic purchase and I would recommend it to anyone hoping to squeeze extra performance out of their existing Celestron telescope. It has certainly opened some new worlds to me and I plan on using the telescope more frequently as a result.

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