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

Celestron NexStar+ Hand Controller - USB, EQ Mounts

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About this product

Model:  cel_handset_93982
Part Number:  93982-CGL

The Celestron NexStar+ EQ Hand Control is a standard accessory on all current equatorially mounted NexStar-style telescopes, and is compatible with the Celestron Advanced VX, CGEM, CGEM DX & CGE Pro 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 Tour Mode, 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 Controller, 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 works with Celestron equatorially mounted computerised telescopes.
  • Compatible with Advanced VX, CGEM, CGEM DX, and CGE Pro series telescopes and mounts.
  • 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

Customer reviews

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Celestron Nexstar +
29 August 2022  | 

Bought to replace version 4 handset so I had the latest with the usb connection. Good investment as it saved buying the serial to usb leads that would have been necessary for the old controller. Worked well after a couple of attempts and updated to latest firmware.

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Replacement Hand Controller
10 May 2019  | 

I purchased this NexStar+ hand controller to replace an original one bought with a CG-5 mount in 2005. The updated firmware permits 1- and 2-star alignment options and has a USB rather than serial connection on the hand controller. Importantly it worked right out of the box!

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Celestron Nexstar+ GEM USB
16 May 2018  | 

I purchased this to replace my existing CGEM hand controller. Couple of reasons not least being the ability to use USB to interface and update instead of a hodge-podge of USB converter to RS232 9 pin D type to RJ45 jacks. Clunky.
The handset is very similar and essentially the same in operation but the buttons are profiled, more tactile and are much better to identify and use by touch. Apparently the screen works better at low temperatures but not tested that as yet!
I had limited experience of the prior controller but so far this feels a better design in use. Also uses the newer/easier CFM application from Celestron to upgrade (via USB) the firmware. At around 120 it's not a cheap exercise but if your old handset is knackered then it's an upgrade as well as a replacement and worth investing in.


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