Celestron NexStar+ Hand Controller - USB, AZ Mounts
 Celestron NexStar+ Hand Controller - USB, AZ MountsCelestron NexStar+ Hand Controller - USB, AZ Mounts 

Celestron NexStar+ Hand Controller - USB, AZ Mounts

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About this product

Model:  cel_handset_93981
Part Number:  93981-CGL

The Celestron NexStar+ AZ Hand Control is a standard accessory on all current altazimuth mounted NexStar-style telescopes, and is compatible with the Celestron SLT, LCM, SE, and CPC computerised telescopes.

With the push of a button, you can access NexStar+’s huge database of over 40,000 celestial objects.  Automatically slew to objects in a variety of catalogs, including the Messier, NGC, Caldwell, and SAO brightest stars.  The planets as well as a list of the most popular objects are also included.  Not sure what to look at?  Use the Sky Tour, and you’ll be shown a selection of the most popular objects for the time and date you are observing!

A variety of alignment procedures are pre-programmed into the NexStar Plus Hand Control, including SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star, 1-Star, 2-Star, and Solar System.  You can also choose from a variety of tracking rates (sidereal, solar & lunar) and slew speeds.  Slew at 1, 2, or 3 degrees per second, or choose speeds as low as 2x or as high as 64x.

This hand control includes USB Flash Upgradeable Technology, allowing users to upgrade its software with Celestron Firmware Manager.


  • NexStar+ Hand Control is compatible with all altazimuth (AZ) NexStar telescopes.
  • Flash upgradeable via the Internet; latest updates can be found at Celestron.com.
  • 40,000-object database.
  • Dual line, 16-character LCD screen with adjustable backlighting.
  • Now connects to your PC directly with a mini-USB cable (cable not included) for software updates or optional telescope control with third party software.

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Does what it's meant to
19 January 2021  | 

I bought this to go with the Astro FI 127 Mak as the app control was a pain to use when moving the telescope as you had to look away to find the on-screen buttons. It took a little digging around to establish that this version of the hand control was compatible with the mount. I wondered whether I would have been better with a hand controlled version to begin with, but current supply issues mean your choice is seriously limited. All in, I do have the ease of navigating the app gives, with the benefit of tactile buttons to move when aligning etc.

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New Nexstar+ Hand controller solved GPS rollover problem
18 May 2020  | 

My recently purchased older CPC 925 got wrong date from GPS. I learned that the original HC never received a new firmware to solve this problem. While still uncertain whether also the GPS receiver needed to be changed I first tried with this new controller. It arrived with a 2017 firmware which also displayed the wrong date. After upgrading to the latest version from Aug 2019 everything works fine. Fast and prompt service from FLO with my first purchase
If you try the same upgrade, please notice that the PC interface is not a standard USB - it needs a serial driver. Celestron instructions are not too clear with this and I hit my head against the wall several times until I found a nice resource for a driver setup in OSX environment: http://www.prolific.com.tw/us/showproduct.aspx?p_id=229&pcid=41


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