Celestron StarSense | AutoAlign System


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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Patented Technology

    StarSense™ is patented technology that allows your telescope to determine its position and align itself with the night sky automatically. StarSense AutoAlign–s internal camera captures an image of the sky, and then analyzes it to identify the stars in the image. Based on this information, StarSense can determine the coordinates of the center of the image. After repeating this process a few times, the system can create an accurate model of the night sky. Once alignment is complete, you can select any celestial object in the hand control's database, and StarSense will automatically center the object in your eyepiece.

Details from Celestron

    Celestron StarSense AutoAlign System

    Jump right into basic astronomy without ever having used a telescope before. Using StarSense AutoAlign offers a unique way to enjoy gazing at celestial bodies within three minutes. Just set up the accessory, push the Align button on the hand control, and StarSense begins capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its vast internal database. Once StarSense has gathered enough information to triangulate its position and self align. After a quick press of the Sky Tour button, StarSense will automatically slew to all the best stars, planets, galaxies, and more currently visible in the night sky.

    How It Works

    The self–alignment technology behind our award–winning SkyProdigy series is now available for all of Celestron's current computerized telescopes and backwards compatible with many older motorized models as well1. A small digital camera takes the place of your finderscope and attaches using one of two provided mounting brackets. The included StarSense hand control, with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, takes the place of your NexStar hand control. The camera automatically captures a series of images of the sky. StarSense identifies the stars in the images, matching them to its database. Once a positive match is confirmed, StarSense calculates the coordinates of the center of the captured image, thereby determining exactly where the telescope is pointed. Before StarSense, using a computerized telescope required a lengthy alignment process of finding and centering at least two bright stars in the telescope's eyepiece. But StarSense automatically aligns itself with minimal user input. Just enter your time, date, and location and let StarSense do the rest.

    Advanced Mount Modeling

    Even the most advanced telescope users will love using StarSense AutoAlign. This affordable accessory replaces the expensive software usually used for advanced mount modeling. With built–in mount modeling, you'll get superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. When your alignment needs to be perfect, add up to 10 additional calibration stars to achieve a new level of accuracy, great for locating objects in the camera's field of view for astroimaging.

    StarSense™ Technology

    With Celestron's patented StarSense Technology, telescope alignment is quick and easy. Simply set up your telescope, press "Align" on the StarSense hand control, and in about three minutes you're ready to begin enjoying your own Sky Tour. StarSense uses an onboard digital camera to scan the sky and take three pictures. It then analyzes these pictures against an internal database (similar to fingerprint matching) and automatically aligns the telescope. The entire process takes about three minutes, and needs absolutely no user involvement.

    StarSense Hand Control

    StarSense requires its own StarSense hand control, which comes packaged with StarSense AutoAlign system. The tethered remote provides an automatic ability to locate and point your telescope to over 4,000 celestial objects. This vast database, alongside the "Sky Tour" feature which automatically orientates the telescope to the best currently viewable astronomical objects for the current time. Additionally the hand control features a readout that provides you interesting facts and scientific data about the object you are viewing. Keep your StarSense up to date by downloading the latest firmware updates for your hand control.


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    2 Year Limited
Detailed Specifications
  • Communication Ports: RS–232 communication port on hand control, Aux interface and USB on camera
  • Computer Hand Control: Four line, 16 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
  • Database: 40,000+ objects
  • Field Of View: 6.88° x 5.16°
  • Warranty: 2 Year

  • Compatibility List
  • NexStar SE Series: Yes
  • CPC, CPC DX: Yes
  • NexStar GT (with Aux. splitter): Yes
  • CGE Pro: Yes
  • Advanced VX: Yes
  • CG–5 (with Aux. splitter): Yes
  • CGEM, CGEM DX: Yes
  • CGE: Yes
  • NexStar SLT: Yes
  • NexStar Evolution: Yes
  • LCM (with Aux. splitter): Yes
  • NexStar i Series: No
  • Ultima 2000: No
  • Early generation GoTo mounts (such as Compustar): No
  • NexStar GPS: No

  • Optical Tube Compatibility
  • All Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrains: Large Bracket
  • All Celestron EdgeHDs: Large Bracket
  • NexStar 4SE Maksutov–Cassegrain: Large Bracket
  • Celestron 6" f/8 .3 Refractor: Small Bracket
  • NexStar 102SLT Refractor: Small Bracket
  • NexStar 127SLT Maksutov–Cassegrain: Small Bracket
  • NexStar 130SLT Reflector: Small Bracket
  • All Celestron Reflectors and Refractors Packaged with the Advanced VX Mount: Small Bracket
  • All Celestron Reflectors and Refractors Packaged with the Advanced CG–5 Mount: Small Bracket
  • All NexStar GT optical tube assemblies: Small Bracket
  • Several other optical tubes from other manufacturers which use a similar finder dovetail base: Small Bracket

  • Dimensions
  • Width: 9.8"
  • Height: 9.2"
  • Depth: 4.3"
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
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Included Coverage from Celestron: 2 Year Limited

Category ID: 5 | $329.95