If you are you fascinated by the night sky and always wanted to explore it up close? Well, the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ is the perfect telescope for beginners who want to unleash the power of their smartphones to take a guided tour of the night sky.
The StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ uses the StarSense Explorer app and patent-pending StarSense sky recognition technology that analyzes star patterns overhead and calculates its position in real-time. It automatically generates a list of objects currently visible, including planets, brighter nebulae and galaxies, star clusters, and double stars from the city.
Setting up the telescope is incredibly easy, and within minutes, you'll be navigating the sky with confidence. Simply place your phone in the unique StarSense dock and launch the StarSense Explorer app. After aligning your phone to the telescope's optics, StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection, and arrows appear on the screen, guiding you to move the telescope.
When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green. The 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. The phone clamp range is 65mm - 90mm (2.55" - 3.54"). Plus, the app's user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials make it like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky. The telescope comes with a 130mm (5") Newtonian reflector with highly reflective coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects.
You can expect sharp, bright views of Jupiter's four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the trapezium in the Orion Nebula, and the beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. The telescope kit includes 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, a StarSense smartphone dock, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), and a sturdy, full-height tripod.
The manual altazimuth mount with smooth, dual-axis slow-motion controls makes it easy to follow the on-screen arrows to your desired target. As celestial objects appear to drift across the night sky, you'll be able to follow them with just a turn of the knobs. It's all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod. Whether you live in a light-polluted city location or can take the telescope to a darker location, the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ is advanced enough to pick out the most famous celestial objects, including Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and many more.
The entire telescope kit weighs just 18 pounds, making it perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site. In conclusion, if you're a beginner looking for a telescope that's easy to set up and use, and can take you on a guided tour of the night sky without a telescope experience, the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ is an excellent choice.
The combination of the StarSense Explorer app and patent-pending StarSense sky recognition technology make it a unique and innovative telescope that you won't regret investing in.