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Celestron Starsense Explorer

Celestron has revolutionized the traditional telescope with the introduction of StarSense Explorer, the pioneering telescope that harnesses the power of your smartphone to decipher the mysteries of the night sky in real time.

Designed with beginners in mind, the StarSense Explorer app boasts a user-friendly interface and comprehensive tutorials, transforming your smartphone into a personal celestial tour guide.

Embark on a journey through the cosmos with the assistance of your smartphone, no prior telescope experience necessary. Featuring the acclaimed and patented StarSense sky recognition technology, this innovative telescope utilizes your smartphone to analyze the stellar patterns above and instantly determine its position.

Powered by the SkySafari™ app, StarSense Explorer effortlessly compiles a catalogue of celestial objects currently visible, ranging from planets and prominent nebulae to distant galaxies, star clusters, and binary stars. Whether observing from urban areas or venturing into darker skies, this telescope facilitates awe-inspiring views of both familiar and elusive cosmic phenomena.

Equipped with a manual altazimuth mount and intuitive dual-axis slow-motion controls, StarSense Explorer simplifies celestial navigation.

Follow the on-screen indicators to pinpoint your desired celestial target, and once the bullseye turns green, prepare to behold the wonders of the universe through the telescope’s eyepiece.

How it Works: Plate Solving

StarSense Explorer uses image data captured by the smartphone’s camera to determine its pointing position. The app captures an image of the night sky and then matches the star patterns within the image to its internal database in a process similar to fingerprint matching or facial recognition.

Essentially, StarSense Explorer uses the smartphone’s camera as its “eye” and the smartphone’s processing power as its “brain.” The camera looks out at the night sky, and then the processor figures out where the telescope is pointing based upon the calculated center coordinates of the captured image.

The process of extracting star pattern data in images to determine a telescope’s current pointing position is called “plate solving.” It is the same method used by professional observatories and even orbiting satellites.

Experience the wonders of astronomy with ease and precision, courtesy of Celestron’s StarSense Explorer, a cutting-edge blend of technology and exploration that brings the cosmos within reach.


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