Celestron StarSense AutoAlign for Sky-Watcher Mounts

Celestron StarSense AutoAlign for Sky-Watcher Mounts

$800.00

Automatically align your computerized Sky-Watcher mount with the StarSense AutoAlign.

There is no need to identify or locate any stars in the sky – StarSense will automatically align your telescope, so you can begin observing in minutes. The StarSense features plug and play compatibility with Sky-Watcher SynScan mounts.

The accessory replaces the SynScan hand controland uses the Celestron StarSense hand control with the StarSense camera. Comes with the mounting bracket that is compatible with most Celestron and Sky-Watcher optical tubes.

3 AUX port accessories: Supports StarSense and the optional GPS accessory. The StarSense is lightweight and easy to attach with the included tripod strap.

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.

The StarSense Accessory includes a small digital camera that attaches to the telescope’s optical tube, along with the new StarSense hand controller which is more powerful than the NexStar and NexStar+ hand controls. 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.

Users of equatorial mounts need to perform a polar alignment first, which is easy to do, thanks to Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment built into the hand control.

Features

  • Enables automatic alignment of your Sky-Watcher computerized telescope
  • Mount interface has three AUX ports, and attaches to the mount legs
  • Automatic alignment takes 3 minutes or less
  • Provides advanced mount modeling for extremely precise goto pointing accuracy
  • StarSense hand controller included
  • Easily attaches to the optical tube

Telescope Compatability

  • HEQ5
  • EQ6
  • AZ-EQ5
  • AZ-EQ6
  • EQ8
  • AZ SynScan compatible mounts

Specifications

  • Imaging sensor: Aptina MT9M034 1.2 Megapixel CMOS
  • Sensor resolution: 1280 x 960
  • Pixel size: 3.75µm x 3.75µm
  • Objective diameter: 20mm (.78")
  • Objective focal length: 40mm (1.6")
  • Focal Ratio: f/2
  • Number of objective lenses: 2 element
  • 32-bit processor with embedded Linux Operating System
  • Connections:
    • Aux port on telescope or port splitter
    • USB 2.0 port
  • USB port can be used for:
    • updating firmware
    • wide-field photography
    • autoguiding (possibly in the future, may require add-ons)
  • Celestron two year warranty

StarSense Hand control Specifications

  • 45,178 object database
  • LCD display: red backlit, 4 line, 18 character
  • CPU: STMicro ARM 32-bit Cortex™ M3 CPU
  • Firmware upgradable
  • RS-232 port for software/firmware upgrades, remote control

Firmware Update

In order to update the firmware on the StarSense, please visit StarSense updater website, and follow the following directions:

  1. Download the CFM archive
  2. Extract the archive to a folder
  3. Examine the file named StarSense_Connection_Diagram.jpg
  4. Run the program called CFM_1.7.jar (JAVA required)
  5. Press the Update button

CFM will download the latest firmware for all your devices and install it. You will receive a green checkmark when the process is complete.