StarSense technology was innovated by Celestron’s engineers, allowing a Celestron computerised telescope to automatically align itself with the night sky. It’s never been easier to locate celestial objects. The self-alignment technology, which was behind Celestron's award-winning SkyProdigy series, is now available for computerised Sky-Watcher mounts. Before StarSense, using a computerised 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 your time, date, and location and let StarSense do the rest!
A small digital camera (StarSense camera which has a field of view of 6.88º x 5.16º) takes the place of your 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 your 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.
Even the most advanced telescope users will love using StarSense AutoAlign. This affordable accessory replaces the expensive software usually used for advanced mount modelling. With built-in mount modelling, you'll get superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. When your 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 and hand control both plug into the Interface Box and the Interface Box plugs into the mount’s hand control port. In minutes your SkyWatcher mount is aligned and you are off to the stars.
|Compatible Sky-Watcher Mounts
||HEQ5|EQ6|AZ-EQ5|AZ-EQ6|EQ8|AZ SynScan compatible mounts
||StarSense Hand Control|StarSense Camera with large and small mounting brackets|Cable, camera to mount|Interface Box