Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 AZ Reflector Telescope

BH #CESSEDX130R • MFR #22461
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 AZ Reflector Telescope
Key Features
  • Use Smartphone App for Star Navigation
  • Follow Directions to Find Great Objects
  • Advanced Precise Alignment Algorithm
  • Oversized 130mm Reflector Optical Tube
With the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope, exploring the wonders of the universe is as simple as 1-2-3:
     1. Dock your smartphone
     2. Launch the StarSense Explorer smartphone app
     3. Observe the moon, planets, stars, and more
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Celestron StarSense Explorer Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2StarSense System
  • 3Optical Tube Assembly
  • 4Mount and Tripod
  • 5Included Accessories

With the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope, exploring the wonders of the universe is as simple as 1-2-3:
     1. Dock your smartphone
     2. Launch the StarSense Explorer smartphone app
     3. Observe the moon, planets, stars, and more

This innovative integration of smartphone and telescope offers beginner astronomers a fast and (more importantly) easy way to discover what's up in the night sky and where to view it. Utilizing similar alignment technology that satellites use when they move out of position, the StarSense Explorer app uses your phone's camera to stream a constant series of images and compare them to an internal database to identify the starfield and determine its location. This "Lost in Space Algorithm" is more precise than typical astronomy apps and does not require a cell signal to work—so you can use it even when you're far off the grid. A holder on the mount, aligned with the telescope, ensures that where the phone is pointed is the same as where the scope is, so that when you follow the onscreen directions to find the object of interest and you look through the eyepiece, it will be there.

Optically, the massive 130mm primary mirror with its highly reflective aluminum coatings gathers copious amounts of light to provide detailed views of the lunar surface and planetary features, with the ability to reach beyond our solar system and view bright deep-sky objects. Its relatively short 650mm focal length makes the optical tube easy to handle during setup and breakdown while producing a moderate magnification potential. Supporting the telescope and StarSense holder is a basic manual single-arm alt-azimuth mount outfitted with dual-axis slow-motion control cables that let you move the telescope quickly and easily according to the app's direction to find your object of interest, with the ability to precisely track the object when you want to view it for extended periods. A two-section aluminum tripod provides a wide adjustable height to accommodate a variety of viewing positions and users, while being highly portable for when you have to carry it to remote viewing locations.

Designed as a complete observation rig, Celestron includes a couple of essential accessories to get you viewing right out of the box. In addition to the telescope, mount, and tripod, you also get two eyepieces that provide you with high and low magnifications, plus a simple red dot finder.

StarSense System

  • Download StarSense Explorer app from the Google Play (Android) store or App Store (iPhone)
  • Place an Android smartphone or iPhone in the included StarSense Explorer dock
  • 2-minute procedure to align the phone with the telescope
  • App generates a list of celestial objects currently visible
  • Select the object to view and arrows appear onscreen, guiding the user as they move the telescope
  • When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green
  • The StarSense app utilizes a "Lost in Space Algorithm" (LISA) to accurately calculate the current location and orientation by using the phone's GPS data, gyroscopic input, and camera to map the night sky and compare it to the app's database to accurately align and orient the scope and determine what is visible overhead
  • App is self-contained; no cell signal required for use far off the grid

Compatible Smartphones:

  • Android 7.1.2 and higher manufactured in 2016 and later, with camera, gyro, and accelerometer
  • iPhone 6 and newer

Optical Tube Assembly

  • Massive 130mm f/5 primary mirror enables users to view the moon, planets, stars, globular clusters, and other deep-space objects like galaxies, while reducing the secondary mirror obstruction, thus improving resolution
  • 650mm focal length produces a moderate magnification potential with a highly portable length and weight
  • Newtonian reflector optical design provides a large clear aperture without the restrictions on size experienced by refractor designs
  • Highly reflective aluminum-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 45mm (1.73"); 34% by diameter, 11% by area
  • Resolution: 1.07 arcsec, Rayleigh; 0.89 arcsec, Dawes
  • Reliable single-speed rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Standard 1.25" holder accepts the most common size eyepieces and accessories, including the two eyepieces in this kit

Mount and Tripod

  • Manual alt-azimuth mount design is simple to set up and move
  • Single fork-arm design reduces weight without sacrificing stability
  • Dual axis slow-motion control cables provide an easy way to move and precisely track objects with reduced vibration
  • Simple setup and breakdown with dovetail saddle
  • Adjustable-height aluminum tripod accommodates a variety of users and observing positions
  • Maximum height of 49" (124cm) including mount
  • Center tray holds accessories such as eyepieces and filters

Included Accessories

  • 25mm eyepiece produces a low 26x power for observing the moon, planets, deep-sky objects, and constellations
  • 10mm high-magnification eyepiece yields 65x power for detailed views of the lunar surface and planetary features
  • Unmagnified StarPointer finderscope places a simple red dot in the field of view to make alignment and star hopping navigation faster and easier
UPC: 050234224611

Celestron StarSense Explorer Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignNewtonian Reflector
Aperture130 mm / 5.1"
Focal Length650 mm
Focal Ratiof/5
Resolution10.7 Arcsec (Rayleigh)
0.89 Arcsec (Dawes)
FocuserSingle-Speed Rack-and-Pinion
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
DiagonalNone
FinderscopeYes
MountingVixen Style
Optical Tube Dimensions25 x 6.5" / 63.5 x 16.5 cm
Mount
TypeManual; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
GoTo CapabilityNo
Tripod
TypeAdjustable, 2-Section
Material of TripodAluminum
General
BatteriesNone
AdapterNone
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Weight8.8 lb / 4 kg (OTA)
9.2 lb / 4.2 kg (Mount/Tripod)
18 lb / 8.2 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)39.5 x 17.5 x 11"

Celestron StarSense Explorer Reviews

Incredible telescope!

By Adam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

This telescope is incredible, and I couldn't be happier. It is my first telescope, and I am a true beginner, but I wanted a telescope that was of higher quality, and this encompasses everything. I've already snapped some incredible pictures of the moon, and can't wait to see other stars and galaxies on clearer nights. The B&H chat helped me narrow down my decision, and provided great answers to all my questions. Couldn't be happier with this purchase.

Good starting, but...

By Nissim
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-10

Good starting telescope, but a lot of cut corners. The two eyepieces included are very basic. The mount is highly unstable with a play in the joint. It is difficult to use it, even at magnification of 80. Otherwise, the OTA is fine, but even there they save some aluminum, making the mounting rail very short. So, if you plan to mount this OTA on an equatorial mount (highly recommended!) be prepared to replace the rail with a longer one. The smartphone app works really well.

Great value, easy to assemble

By Karl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-23

This is my first telescope. I wanted something smaller, but with a big enough mirror. I wanted an automated one, but couldn't afford it. The StarSense observer was the deal closer. It arrived well packaged any ready to set up. Take your time doing that. I then aimed the red-dot scope and used it that night. I downloaded the software and was quickly ready to go. I aimed it at Vega manually and used the red dot scope. One small con - the knob to turn on the red dot and brighten it is on the same side as one of the aiming knobs. Very easy to get the wrong one and mess that up. After getting Vega in focus I launched the app and it so0n figured out where it was. I appreciate the ease of the app and telescope. Choose your target, follow the app arrows and there it is in your scope. It's great they tell you what is city viewable since most of the time I deal with that. My second outing I saw Jupiter andSaturn. For both I used the 10mm d a 2x,Barlow. I could see banding on Jupiter and hope with planetary filters it will be better. I could also see the main group of rings around Saturn. One challenge. Even if I'm not touching the scope and am using the Barlow and 10mm eye piece, it is hard to keep the image from shaking, which makes fine focus really hard, but possible. The moon is always a treat with this telescope.

Amazing, almost magical beginners telescope.

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-23

The perfect telescope for a beginner. Perfect telescope for a beginner to share with her friends. The first and still only computerized (via smart phone) telescope I have used which is fun, easy, and accurate. I want this technology to be available to retrofit onto my big dobs!

Great for returning to hobby

By Andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-14

This telescope is great for returning to amateur astronomy. The star sense app makes it easy to find deep space objects in both dark and suburban skies. While the stock eyepieces are fine, the telescope is greatly improved with nicer eyepieces.

Great Beginner's Scope

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-21

Purchased for my eight-year-old grandson to replace a small Dobsonian he'd been using. Frankly, at his age he doesn't quite have the dexterity to point the scope easily, and it's too heavy for him to set up on his own. We've had the scope for three weeks and we've set it up at least 10 times so far, so it's getting a lot of use, and we're enjoying using the scope together. Keep in mind that this model is not motorized so it doesn't track as the stars and planets move across the sky. Otherwise, it's a perfect scope for beginners, and a great way to learn the night sky.

Christmas telescope

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

First, B&H was awesome. I started late with everything backordered and they got one on the 20th and it was here the 23rd. Scope was a Christmas present and was a big success. I've had trouble downloading free software, but that's my only complaint.

Love it!

By Ross
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-28

Very happy with this telescope. Easy to set up, powerful lens and great add-ons. Highly recommend it.

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