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Overview: The Celestron StarSense AutoAlign camera is an
attachment that enables automatic alignment of a Celestron computerized
telescope. It replaces the need for a finderscope to locate objects in the night
StarSense Technology: Celestron's patented StarSense
Technology uses an onboard digital camera with a fully multi-coated 20mm f/2
lens to scan the sky and take three pictures. It analyzes the pictures against
an internal database and automatically aligns the telescope. The entire process
takes about three minutes, and requires no user involvement. The included
StarSense hand control, with its database of over 40,000 celestial objects,
replaces your telescope's NexStar hand control. The hand control features a
four-line, 18-character display screen with red backlighting. Pressing the
SkyTour button on the hand control causes the StarSense to guide the telescope
to all of the best stars, planets, galaxies, and more that are currently visible
in the night sky.
Compatibility: The StarSense AutoAlign works with most computerized
Celestron telescopes and optical tubes, including the listed telescopes carried
by Crutchfield in parentheses):
* These telescopes mount with only one port for the hand control, and
require an Auxiliary Port Splitter (item #93919), available from Celestron.
Mounting: The StarSense AutoAlign camera replaces the finderscope on
your telescope. There are two camera brackets included in the box--a large and a
small. The camera is already installed in the large bracket. The large bracket
mounts to the optical tube via two thumbscrews, while the small bracket has a
dovetail-style mount. The mount you use depends upon the telescope you have and
the method of mounting the finderscope. A table is provided in the manual to
Note: Some telescopes have threaded holes to accept finderscopes
in multiple locations, allowing you to mount both the StarSense and a
finderscope, if desired.
Connections: The StarSense AutoAlign camera comes with a 6'
Flat Auxiliary cable, plus the included hand control has a coiled cable. When
installing the StarSense, you will need to connect the flat cable into the back
of the camera and into the telescope mount's AUX jack. At the same time, the
StarSense's hand control replaces the telescope's NexStar Hand Control, plugging
into the telescope's hand control jack. If the telescope does not have an AUX
jack, you will need to purchase an Auxiliary Port Splitter (item #93919)
directly from Celestron for plugging in both the StarSense camera and hand