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Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory

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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
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Accurate (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Finally really enjoying my telescope.

      I just got mine this week (September 2014) and I am glad I waited for the software and hardware issues to be fixed.

      The fist thing I did before trying...Read complete review

      I just got mine this week (September 2014) and I am glad I waited for the software and hardware issues to be fixed.

      The fist thing I did before trying to use it was connect it to my computer and update the software/firmware on the controller and camera. I develop internet software and apps and have for over 20 years. It is almost impossible to test every combination of hardware and versions of software to everyone's satisfaction. Unfortunate but true. So the best we hope for with our customers is to be responsive when bugs are discovered and provide fixes when we know the problems are solved. I can't speak for Celestron's internal approach but on the customer facing side they have always been responsive.

      I will say this - after two long viewing sessions with the system, I have had the best tracking and performance from my mount than I have over the past 3 years. I have a CGEM mount that I hyper-tuned and an 8" Edge HD OTA. My setup times are significantly reduced with this setup and everything I have asked to view was right in the field of view right away. I use a DSLR on the back of the scope without an eyepiece so having accurate first time go to is important. It works great - just update to the latest firmware when you get it.

      I live in NW Ohio and we don't get many clear nights so quick setup time is critical - especially when it is extremely cold - I control everything from inside the house once everything is setup outside so the less time I spend outside in the cold is plus. So far so good. Looking forward to many more nights of use. I also added the Celestron SkySync GPS unit and this added even more accuracy. Very pleased.

      In the pros and cons I list Requires updates in both areas. It is unfortunate that it requires them but it adds flexibility and growth to the product in the future. So it is a blessing and a curse - true of almost everything with a computer in this day and age.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      screw problems

      I ordered the StarSense Celestron for use with my NexStar5SE telescope.According to the manual I would have to use the Large Mounting bracket. Problem was the screws for my viewfinder were to short to...Read complete review

      I ordered the StarSense Celestron for use with my NexStar5SE telescope.According to the manual I would have to use the Large Mounting bracket. Problem was the screws for my viewfinder were to short to support the bracket. After some discussion with Celestron support they send me replacemnet screws, initially wrong ones, several weeks later the correct ones.When using for the first time the manual said that you will be asked to enter your country and city. This never happened because there already is a country/city in the DB. You will have to change this with the TIME AND LOCATION menu option.There is also an error in the Calibrate Center procedure. After point 3 you will need to do an ALIGN.After correcting these problems, the system seems to be working OK. More testing needs to be done to determine its accuracy.

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      5.0

      Quick autoalign 1 2 3

      By Zarry

      from Brunei

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

        This is a must have for your scope.... first attempt it worked with my Celestron Nextstar 8 SE and even the weather was partly cloudy, this Starsense worked flawlessly... it took 3 minutes to complete alignment. The object was in view through my scope. You ll never regret to have the starsense. Lets it does the alignment, and spend more time enjoying observation.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally really enjoying my telescope.

        By flyingace

        from Toledo, OH

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy to Use
        • Requires Updates

        Cons

        • Requires Updates

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

        I just got mine this week (September 2014) and I am glad I waited for the software and hardware issues to be fixed.

        The fist thing I did before trying to use it was connect it to my computer and update the software/firmware on the controller and camera. I develop internet software and apps and have for over 20 years. It is almost impossible to test every combination of hardware and versions of software to everyone's satisfaction. Unfortunate but true. So the best we hope for with our customers is to be responsive when bugs are discovered and provide fixes when we know the problems are solved. I can't speak for Celestron's internal approach but on the customer facing side they have always been responsive.

        I will say this - after two long viewing sessions with the system, I have had the best tracking and performance from my mount than I have over the past 3 years. I have a CGEM mount that I hyper-tuned and an 8" Edge HD OTA. My setup times are significantly reduced with this setup and everything I have asked to view was right in the field of view right away. I use a DSLR on the back of the scope without an eyepiece so having accurate first time go to is important. It works great - just update to the latest firmware when you get it.

        I live in NW Ohio and we don't get many clear nights so quick setup time is critical - especially when it is extremely cold - I control everything from inside the house once everything is setup outside so the less time I spend outside in the cold is plus. So far so good. Looking forward to many more nights of use. I also added the Celestron SkySync GPS unit and this added even more accuracy. Very pleased.

        In the pros and cons I list Requires updates in both areas. It is unfortunate that it requires them but it adds flexibility and growth to the product in the future. So it is a blessing and a curse - true of almost everything with a computer in this day and age.

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        • No

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        3.0

        screw problems

        By Dutch star

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory:

          I ordered the StarSense Celestron for use with my NexStar5SE telescope.According to the manual I would have to use the Large Mounting bracket. Problem was the screws for my viewfinder were to short to support the bracket. After some discussion with Celestron support they send me replacemnet screws, initially wrong ones, several weeks later the correct ones.When using for the first time the manual said that you will be asked to enter your country and city. This never happened because there already is a country/city in the DB. You will have to change this with the TIME AND LOCATION menu option.There is also an error in the Calibrate Center procedure. After point 3 you will need to do an ALIGN.After correcting these problems, the system seems to be working OK. More testing needs to be done to determine its accuracy.

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          • No

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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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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                  (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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