Celestron StarSense AutoAlign
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Celestron StarSense AutoAlign
The incredible Celestron StarSense AutoAlign simplifies and automates one of the most tedious practices in the astrophotography hobby: alignment. If you're brand new to using an imaging system or have been in the game for years already, the StarSense AutoAlign technology is a welcome addition to your Celestron setup. Simply attach this accessory to your system, power it up, and follow the extremely simplistic process to get aligned in minutes. Do yourself a favor and invest in yourself and the Celestron StarSense today for a more enjoyable astrophotography experience.
How does the Celestron StarSense work?
The Celestron StarSense Accessory includes a small digital camera that attaches to the telescopes optical tube, along with a specialized hand controller. Just set up the accessory, push the Align button on the hand controller, and StarSense starts capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its internal database of 40,000 celestial objects. In about three minutes, StarSense will gather enough information to triangulate its position and align itself. Then, to start observing, press the Sky Tour button: StarSense will automatically slew to all the best stars, planets, galaxies, and more based on your exact time and location.
Even the most advanced telescope users will love using the affordable Celestron StarSense Accessory. StarSense replaces expensive software used for Advanced Mount Modeling, providing superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. Users can add as many calibration stars as desired to give their telescope mount a new level of accuracy.
Main Highlights of the Celestron StarSense
- Automatically polar aligns your telescope system so you can image without hassle!
- The Star Sense is the only accessory available that enables automatic GoTo alignment.
- The entire process completes in a mere 3 minutes.
- The Celestron StarSense provides advanced mount modeling - the ability to align on numerous stars throughout the sky for extremely precise goto pointing accuracy.
- Hand controller is included.
OPT Product Number: CE-94005
Please note: If your system is not on this bulleted list, then Celestron StarSense is not compatible with your system. Please contact us if you have any questions:
- NexStar SE Series
- NexStar Evolution
- NexStar GT (with Aux. splitter)
- CPC, CPC DX
- CGE Pro
- CG-5 (with Aux. splitter)
- Advanced VX
- Astro Fi
- CGEM, CGEM DX
- CGEM II
- CGX, CGX-L
- NexStar SLT (with optional Aux. splitter)
- LCM (with optional Aux. splitter)
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty|
- Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Camera with Large Bracket and Mounting Base
- StarSense Hand Control
- Small Camera Bracket
- Cable, RS-232, Aux port to USB on camera
- 4 mm Allen Wrench
- 2 Large Bracket Thumbscrews
- 2 Year Warranty
Like a lot of other "first time" users, the product took me a few failed tries before I figured out how it really worked (instructions are good, but it's still easy to misread things). Once it's aligned properly, it works like a champ!
Took me almost 2 months to get Starsense to work correctly but now that it does, it is Awesome - the technology is simply amazing! Why did it take me almost 2 months to get Starsense working? (1) update all of the firmware for Starsense and your mount (I'm using the celestron CGX-L mount); (2) You need some clear skies; (3) Proper alignment requires Starsense to solve at least 3-4 star plates (you can add up to 10 plates). Once that is done, you must select a known bright star and use a high power lighted reticle eyepiece to precisely center the star (I used a 9mm lighted reticle eyepiece). Precise alignment with a known star calibrates what the telescope sees vs. what Starsense sees. Once you have done the precise alignment, you pick an object with the Starsense hand control and bingo, the scope slews to the object and it appears in your eyepiece. From that point forward, each time you move your scope, you simply have Starsense go through an auto-alignment (solves the 3-4 star plates). You don't have to do the precise alignment with a know star each time, if you did it correctly the first time. Using a 27mm eyepiece with an 11" SCT, DSOs and planets show up within the field of view EVERY time. When using a 5 mm eyepiece, I do have to recenter the object - No big deal if you start with lower power eyepiece. In my frustration to get Starsense working, I got good help from Jake at OPT and later from Rod at Celestron technical support. I can't wait to get to a dark sky site with Starsense. It maximizes viewing time outside because it is much faster than manual alignment. I couldn't be happier with the hobby at this point.
Sometimes it works great, other times it gives you inexplicable error messages. If there is a right way or wrong way way to use this device it is not explicit in the instructions or online even with endless research. Most of what you find is way too many random "have you tried this" suggestions rather than logical user guidance and troubleshooting.
I could not use this item because you cant see the display on the hand controller, it is very dim, unadjustable, all the utilities to adj the display have been removed. does not support GPS. way over kiss on connection line..
My purchase of a Celestron Starsense, like other purchases from OPT went smooth, with a fast delivery. Setting up on a Celestron Evolution 8 was simple and fast. Nasty weather here in CT prevented me from using it for a few days, but when I did it was amazing. All I had to do was enter the time, push ALIGN, and in 3 minutes the scope was aligned. I didn’t have to find stars to align on, and then center the scope on them. Just my telling Starsense to align, and I was ready to go in 3 minutes. It checked 3 areas of sky in my urban light polluted sky. In each scan it found about a 100 stars to plate solve. Alignments with an Evolution mount are easier than most mounts, but it’s a breeze with the Starsense. I highly recommend it for any scope it can be used on.
I have always been satisfied when I have ordered from OPT