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Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment

Item# CELE598
 
3.5

(9 Ratings)

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  • Enables automatic alignment of your Celestron computerized telescope
  • No need to identify or locate any star in the sky
  • Aligns in 3 minutes or less
  • Provides advanced mount modeling
  • StarSense hand controller included
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Description

The revolutionary technology in the award-winning SkyProdigy telescope is now available for almost every Celestron computerized telescope.

 

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, no user input needed. With StarSense, you become an instant astronomer—even if you’ve never used a telescope before.

 

StarSense is not only compatible with all of Celestron’s current computerized telescope models, but backwards compatible with many older models as well. (See compatibility list below.)

 

The StarSense Accessory includes a small digital camera that attaches to the telescope’s optical tube, along with a specialized hand controller. Just set up 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 the most advanced telescope users will love using the affordable StarSense Accessory. StarSense 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.

 

Compatibility List

  • NexStar SE Series
  • CPC, CPC DX
  • NexStar GPS Series
  • CGE Pro
  • Advanced VX
  • CG-5
  • CGEM, CGEM DX
  • CGE
  • NexStar SLT (with Aux Splitter)
  • LCM (with Aux Splitter)

Supplier Sku:
94005
Shipping Restrictions:
Only ships in contiguous USA.

Dimensions & Specifications

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Celestron

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Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment
 
3.7

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Accurate (4)
  • Compact (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Strong construction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Glad I waited-Great Product

    By Flying Ace

    from Sylvania, OH

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Software Can Be Updated

    Cons

    • Needs Updates To Software

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment:

    I just got mine this week (September 2014) and I am glad I waited.

    The fist thing I did before trying to use it was connect it to my computer and update the software/firmware on the controller and camera. I develop internet software and apps and have for over 20 years. It is almost impossible to test every combination of hardware and versions of software to everyone's satisfaction. Unfortunate but true. So the best we hope for with our customers is to be responsive when bugs are discovered and provide fixes when we know the problems are solved. I can't speak for Celestron's internal approach but on the customer facing side they have always been responsive.

    I will say this - after two long viewing sessions with the system, I have had the best tracking and performance from my mount than I have over the past 3 years. I have a CGEM mount that I hyper-tuned and an 8" Edge HD OTA. My setup times are significantly reduced with this setup and everything I have asked to view was right in the field of view right away. I use a DSLR on the back of the scope without an eyepiece so having accurate first time go to is important. It works great - just update to the latest firmware when you get it.

    I live in NW Ohio and we don't get many clear nights so quick setup time is critical - especially when it is extremely cold - I control everything from inside the house once everything is setup outside so the less time I spend outside in the cold is plus. So far so good. Looking forward to many more nights of use. I also added the Celestron SkySync GPS unit and this added even more accuracy. Very pleased.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Takes all the hassel out of aligning

    By Matthew

    from Watford City, North Dakota

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment:

      While any venture into astronomy is beset with troubleshooting the StarSense takes away all the frustration that can happen if one is not that familiar with the night sky. All beginners need to learn the names and location of many of the brighter stars and this accessory takes away from that learning experience. Personally it allows me the five to ten minutes that were used aligning the telescope, to be used getting all of the rest of the gear out and orginized.

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      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      So far, no good

      By Mark

      from Yorba Linda, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Unstable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment:

        I'm impressed with the concept and claims (which is why I gave it more than one star), but it has yet to work for me. In automatic mode it hangs while acquiring an image (seemingly randomly, but always before finishing the alignment). In manual mode it seems to throw away many attempted alignment positions, and didn't seem to be happy even after I had managed to give it the requisite number of points. I am very disappointed.
        The firmware was dates 9/3/2013; I updated it to 9/25/2013 with no improvement.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not ready for prime time.

        By Stew

        from Silsbee TX

        About Me Avid Adventurer

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          Cons

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              Comments about Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment:

              I have a CGEM and was thinking this would save me some alignment time as well as be more accurate. I have had to update it with beta firmware from celestron to get it to work at all, which is only half the time. It requires a calibrate center and realign every time I use it or it is not accurate. So far Celestron has been unable to get the ASPA function working correctly on them. It takes longer to use than a good 2+4 from the standard controller. Do yourself a favor and peruse teamcelestron or CN. Wait for Celestron to sort it out before buying!

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              • No

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Does not work with CGE Pro

              By Uppie

              from Murrieta, CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                    Comments about Celestron StarSense AutoAlign Accessory for Automatic Alignment:

                    Purchased this item in the hopes of speeding up the alignment process. However, I could never get it to effectively communicate with the mount. I worked with Celestron to resolve the firmware issues. I downloaded the firmware update that was supposed to resolve the communication issues with the CGE Pro but it only made things worse. Celestron stated that there was a higher version than the one I downloaded and provided me with a new link. I downloaded the update from the link provided and installed the firmware. The exact same revision was uploaded again. It is obvious that this accessory was not beta tested on the CGE Pro mount. See below for issues that I had with the accessory. Needless to say I am returning the unit until such time that Celestron can work out the bugs. Too bad as I was looking forward to using the StarSense.

                    Problems encountered:

                    1. Unable to select the time and location information from my GPS(CN 16) unit or the RTC. The selections have an 'x' which prevents me from scrolling to the selection.
                    2. There is no option to turn On/Off GPS
                    3. There is no option to turn On/Off RTC
                    4. When manually moving the mount with the HC there is a delay of about a second between pushing the direction arrow and the movement of the mount. Additionally, it is uncontrollable as it moves approximately 20 degrees with each push of the direction arrow.
                    5. I consistently get an error "HC Trap Occurred..\Source\Motor\motormenu.c Line 379"
                    6. PEC, Home Position, Hibernate and Custom Rate 9 selections do not show up in the menu area
                    7. Guide Rates menu consistently faults...unable to change values
                    8. No option available to move scope to switches

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