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Manual alt-azimuth telescopes are very easy to set up and use. However for the beginner, finding your way around the night sky, hunting down faint nebulae, galaxies and star clusters, can be time consuming leading to frustration.
Celestron are certainly innovators! They recently announced a new range of alt-azimuth manual telescopes...but unlike "ordinary manual alt-az telescopes" these new models can help you quickly and easily locate celestial objects with the help of your smartphone and a nifty new Celestron app. The telescope range, and the name of the app, is called StarSense Explorer.
These reflector and refractor telescopes come with everything you need to get you started - two eyepieces, barlow lens, finderscope, mount and tripod and the all important unique docking station on the back of the telescope to carry your smartphone. Download and install the patent-pending Sky Recognition Technology StarSense Explorer app from either Google Play or Apple App Store. Mount your phone into the telescope StarSense Explorer dock and you are pretty much ready to go. Launch the StarSense Explorer app and after aligning your smartphone to your telescope’s optics (which is very quick and simple procedure and takes less than 2-minutes), StarSense Explorer will generate a list of celestial objects that are currently visible from your location. Simply make your object selection and arrows will then appear on your smartphone's screen to guide you in which direction to move your telescope. When the object you selected is ready to view, the bulls-eye on the screen will turn green.
To see how this telescope technology works watch the video below:
In the video below, see how easy the telescope is to use when it is put in front of complete "newbies":
The StarSense Explorer app uses patent-pending technology (with your smartphone and smartphone camera) to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. This technology uses "A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA)", similar to what is used by orbiting satellites to correctly reorient themselves, that helps the app match star patterns that it detects using your smartphone's camera in real time, to its internal database. While other astronomy apps rely exclusively on your smartphone’s built-in gyros and accelerometers, they are not as accurate as the LISA technology, and no other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece! StarSense Explorer works with most modern smartphones, including iPhone 6 and up and most devices running Android 7.1.2 or later manufactured since 2016. For a complete compatibility list, click here.
There are two StarSense Explorer telescopes that will be exclusively available from David Hinds Ltd and through our authorised Celestron UK dealer network - a 70mm refractor and a 127mm aperture Newtonian reflector.
The StarSense Explorer 70mm refractor features fully coated glass optics to provide increased light transmission for improved image brightness, and also includes a 90-degree erect image diagonal, so you can use the telescope during the day to view birds, wildlife, landscapes as well as astronomical targets.
The StarSense Explorer newtonian reflector has a 127mm (5”) mirror, and has enough light gathering ability to bring out detail in celestial objects and will bright views of Jupiter, its cloud bands, Great Red Spot and its four Galilean moons; the rings of Saturn, as well as deep space splendours such as the Orion nebula, the beautiful Pleiades Open Star Cluster. the Double Cluster in Perseus and more.
These simple and easy to use and affordable telescopes are ideal for beginners of all ages, or for use at club or public outreach events where people can have a go at exploring the night sky quickly and easily.