Celestron StarSense Accessory for Celestron Mounts

Celestron StarSense Accessory for Celestron Mounts
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Model:  C_StarSense_94005
Part Number:  94005
Brand:  Celestron

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The revolutionary technology in the award-winning SkyProdigy telescope is now available for all Celestron computerised telescope including the SLT, SE, CG5-GT, VX, CGEM and CPC series. 

No need for a laptop. The StarSense is a standalone device, the clever processing and wizardry is onboard. 

FEATURES

  • Enables automatic alignment of your Celestron computerised telescope (please refer to the Compatibility list below)
  • No need to identify or locate any star in the sky - StarSense automatically aligns your telescope, so you can begin observing in minutes
  • Aligns in 3 minutes or less
  • Provides advanced mount modelling—align on numerous stars throughout the sky for extremely precise GoTo pointing accuracy
  • StarSense hand controller included 
  • Celestron's StarSense technology debuted in 2011 with Celestron’s SkyProdigy telescope line. SkyProdigy captured multiple awards that year, including Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Product Award and the esteemed Innovations Award at the 2011 International CES. 

As SkyProdigy amassed accolades, Celestron engineers were already working to bring StarSense technology to other Celestron computerised telescopes. Now, with the StarSense Accessory, that dream is a reality.  

The Celestron StarSense includes a small digital camera that attaches to the telescope’s optical tube, along with a specialised hand controller. Just attach 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, 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 advanced astronomers will appreciate the Celestron StarSense because it 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.
  

Compatible with: 

CG5-GT (with Aux Splitter)
NexStar SE Series
CPC, CPC DX
NexStar GPS Series
CGE Pro
Advanced VX
CGEM, CGEM DX
CGE
NexStar SLT
NexStar Evolution
LCM (with Aux. splitter)


Note: Not compatible with Sky-Watcher mounts - see the StarSense for Sky-Watcher mounts accessory.

There are currently no specifications available for this product.

The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:

StarSense Update with New CFM

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Q1. How can I update my Star Sense to the latest version?

The latest version of CFM can always be found here:
 
http://software.celestron.com/updates/CFM/CFM/
 
Instructions are simple.
(1)    Download the archive
(2)    Extract the archive to a folder.
(3)    Examine the file named StarSense_Connection_Diagram.jpg
(4)    Run the program called CFM_1.7.jar
(5)    Press the Update button.

Q2. Will this work with my Sky-Watcher EQ6 SynScan mount?

Unfortunately no, these are only designed for use with the Celestron range of mounts.

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Essential
Wednesday, 24 August 2016  | 

An excellent item from celestron that gives you superb pointing accuracy and much better all round mount control from the handset . If you own a celestron mount this is essential in my opinion . Even if you have a large amount of backlash you can take a quick reference point and the mount will quickly re-adjust its position . Just remember to update the firmware out of the box as I was using a Cpc deluxe with pro wedge but there was no option for the wedge until I updated . It's a pity celestron didn't consider extending the length of the cable as this is very short. The hand control gives you much better detailed information on objects for visual astronomy and has a great 4 line lcd display .


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great time saver
Monday, 29 February 2016  | 

bought this 4 Oct 2015 and since out of the box I can not think how I ever managed without it.
once setup with the one time setup it takes but a few mins to complete alignment. I use it with an edge hd8 on an avx mount and it has always got the target in the centre of the scope. would I recommend..YES more time viewing/ imaging less time setting up. well worth the money


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Very good with several rough edges
Tuesday, 27 October 2015  | 

Good:
- not hard to set up but see Not so good. Indoor dry run is essential
- hand controller gives good instruction prompts
- go-to aligns in under a minute even with full moon glare blanking out stars to the eye
- deals well with obstructed sites, aiming at a high angle to get clear views in different directions
- goto objects reliably appear in mid view.
- can quickly build a ten star sky calibration model for accuracy
- has a polar alignment routine
- firmware updates work with Windows 10, 8 and 7

Not so good
- Customers are beta testers for this product. It had serious flaws on release and though most are now fixed updating is a continuing feature
- requires a firmware update out of the box to do polar alignment properly. Fiddly requiring usb to serial connection, installation of Java and Celestron Update Manager software.
- User manual has not been updated since mid 2014. Some instructions are now plain wrong and very frustrating - (time and location input via Menu button if you get stuck). A number of features of the hand set are not covered at all. Some explanations not helpful.
- Screen uses 4 lines with small text which are hard to read and sometimes very hard when the text scrolls

Should you buy? It is expensive but the joy of accurate goto aligning a 2m focal length scope automatically in under a minute is well worth it for me, as a set it up from scratch every time back garden observer.


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a must have
Thursday, 4 June 2015  | 

Just bought this and was up an running within minutes. Much faster and more accurate than 3 star align as it uses plate solving.
Very solid and doesn't move in use.
Screen can be a little difficult to read, a small torch makes it easier.
Its a shame celestron didn't add an auto guide feature into the software then would have given five stars.
Even if you are an experienced astronomer like me his is a definite must have. Just make sure you give it correct setup location and time and it will always hit the target.


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Compatibility with Nextstar Evolution
Monday, 29 December 2014  | 

According to the Celestron website their latest Starsense AutoAlign Accessory is now compatible with the Nextstar Evolution see http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/accessories/navigation/starsense-autoalign

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