Celestron computerised GOTO telescopes are easy to set up and use. However getting your Celestron GOTO telescope aligned never been easier thanks to Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology.

The Celestron StarSense AutoAlign accessory and SkyProdigy telescopes, uses an onboard digital camera to scan the sky and take three pictures. It then analyses 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 can be used to align on the Sun, but as a safety precaution, the Sun must be manually enabled as an object in the StarSense hand control so it can be used as an alignment option. StarSense does not contain an internal GPS and does not rely on GPS for alignment, so there is no need for an external GPS accessory.

StarSense requires its own StarSense hand control, which comes included with SkyProdigy telescopes and the StarSense AutoAlign accessory. The StarSense hand control, similar in appearance and functionality to the NexStar+ handsets, allows you to automatically locate and point your telescope to a wide range of celestial objects contained in its database, along with a “Sky Tour” feature that automatically moves the telescope to the best astronomical objects currently visible at that time. Plus, the hand control also has a readout that provides you interesting facts and scientific data about the object you are viewing.  You can keep your StarSense up to date by downloading the latest firmware updates for your hand control.

All current computerised Celestron mounts are compatible with StarSense, although some will require the Aux Port Splitter accessory. The older NexStar i Series, Ultima 2000, and early generation GoTos like Compustar are not compatible. While StarSense AutoAlign is compatible with almost all Celestron computerised telescopes, it will not work with telescopes from other brands (except the StarSense unit for a range of SkyWatcher GOTO mounts).

Once the StarSense alignment is successful you may use planetarium software and control the telescope with ASCOM, just as you would with a NexStar hand control.  The StarSense hand control will replace the existing NexStar hand control for the mount, but functions the same way with an ASCOM connection to the PC.  Alignment must be completed through the StarSense hand control first. To clarify, the StarSense hand control replaces the NexStar hand control.  It retains all of the same functions, but with the addition of StarSense Technology automatic alignment, as well as multi-star calibration mount modeling.  Just like the NexStar hand control, the StarSense hand control can search by object name or catalogue number and interface with a PC via ASCOM.

For those using a computerised Celestron German equatorial mount, StarSense also features All-Star Polar Alignment to help get your mount accurately polar aligned using any named star. The procedure is simple. Before polar aligning your computerised equatorial mounted telescope, StarSense will automatically align the mount which allows you to point to any celestial object contained in the hand control’s database. Once the mount is aligned, StarSense guides you through the easy All-Star Polar Alignment routine to accurately polar align.

As a final note, StarSense cannot be used for guiding or for imaging as StarSense’s onboard digital camera does not have enough focal length to accurately guide longer focal length telescopes.

Products with StarSense

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Celestron Limited Edition NexStar Evolution 8 HD Telescope with StarSense – 60th Anniversary Edition

  • 60th anniversary special edition run of only 600 units
  • Each telescope comes with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee
  • EdgeHD optics provide superb visual and astroimaging performance free of coma and field curvature
  • Carbon fibre telescope tube to minimise thermal expansion with ambient temperature changes
  • Retro details and all-new look with vintage-style badging and logos and a set of 3 interchangeable emblems
  • Rechargeable lithium-iron phosphate battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Built-in WiFi – No hand control required! Use your smartphone or tablet to control the telescope via WiFi
  • StarSense AutoAlign automatically aligns your telescope in about 3 minutes
  • Fastar compatible so you can image deep sky objects at f/2, often eliminating the need to autoguide or track on a wedge
  • NexStar Evolution mount packed with convenient features including a USB charge port, adjustable lighting and precision machined worm gears for both axes
  • Includes 3 quality eyepieces – 32mm (2”), 15mm, and 9mm (both 1.25”), StarPointer Pro™ finderscope, StarSense AutoAlign, 2″ star diagonal with 1.25″ adaptor and more.
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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 HD with StarSense

  • 8” EdgeHD Optics: Provides superb visual and astro-imaging performance, free of coma and field curvature.
  • Rechargeable lithium-iron battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Built-in WiFi: No Hand controller required! Just use your smartphone or tablet which connects to the telescope via WiFi.
  • StarSense Auto Align: Automatically aligns your telescope and works with the SkyPortal app for complete wireless control.
  • Fastar/HyperStar compatible: Image deep sky objects in seconds at f/2, often eliminating the need to autoguide or track on a wedge.
  • NexStar Evolution Mount: Packed with convenient features, including manual release clutches and precision machined worm gears for both axes, tray lighting, USB charge port, tray lighting for your accessories, and more.
  • Fully motorized computer go-to: After automatically aligning with StarSense, select and go to objects with a tap on your smartphone.

Celestron StarSense AutoAlign for SkyWatcher Mounts

  • Automatically align your computerised Sky-Watcher mount with StarSense
  • StarSense will automatically align your telescope, so you can begin observing in minutes – No need to identify or locate any star in the sky
  • Replaces SynScan hand control, uses the Celestron StarSense hand control and StarSense camera. Comes with mounting bracket that is compatible with most Celestron and Sky-Watcher optical tubes.
  • 3 AUX port accessories: Supports StarSense and optional GPS accessory.
  • Lightweight and easy to attach with the included tripod strap.