Become an instant astronomer, even if you’ve never used a telescope before, with the one-of-a-kind StarSense AutoAlign.
- Enables automatic alignment of a Celestron computerized telescope (see full list of compatible telescopes in the technology tab)
- No need to identify or locate any star in the sky; StarSense automatically aligns the telescope, to begin observing in minutes
- Aligns in 3 minutes or less
- Provides advanced mount modeling; align on numerous stars throughout the sky for extremely precise GoTo pointing accuracy
- StarSense hand controller included
To set up the accessory, push the Align button on the hand control, and StarSense begins capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its internal database. In about three minutes, it's gathered 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 currently visible in the night sky.
The self-alignment technology behind the award-winning SkyProdigy series is now available for most of Celestron's current computerized telescopes and is compatible with many older models as well (see compatibility list below). A small digital camera takes the place of the finderscope and attaches using one of two provided mounting brackets. The included StarSense hand control, with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, takes the place of a NexStar hand control. The camera automatically captures a series of images of the sky. StarSense identifies the stars in the images, matching them to its database. Once a positive match is confirmed, StarSense calculates the coordinates of the center of the captured image, thereby determining exactly where the telescope is pointed.
Before StarSense, using a computerized telescope required a lengthy alignment process of finding and centering at least two bright stars in the telescope’s eyepiece. But StarSense automatically aligns itself with minimal user input. Just enter the time, date, and location and let StarSense do the rest.
Advanced Mount Modeling: Even the most advanced telescope users will love using StarSense AutoAlign. This affordable accessory replaces the expensive software usually used for advanced mount modeling. With built-in mount modeling, users get superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. When the alignment needs to be perfect, add up to 10 additional calibration stars to achieve a new level of accuracy, great for locating objects in the camera’s field of view for astroimaging.
StarSense camera field of view: 6.88×5.16°