Style: The StarSense Explorer LT and DX mounts cannot point higher than about 70-75 degrees in altitude, so objects located higher than that are excluded from the Tonight’s Best list. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. One of my favorite products that I cam across today [CES Show Stopper] uses some of the simplest tech to achieve its purpose. © 2020 Celestron, LLC. Even if you live in a light polluted city location, StarSense Explorer is advanced enough to be able to pick out Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, and a few more of the most famous celestial objects. Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology makes it easier than ever to locate objects in the night sky, even if you’ve never used a telescope before. When using StarSense Explorer in the Southern Hemisphere, do you have to manually set the app for Southern Hemisphere operation? To retrieve the image and log files, follow the steps below. As I’ve mentioned many times in this review, the focuser is 2″ instead of 1.25″, which opens the realm of incredible, 2″, wide-field eyepieces. When the bullseye turns green, it’s ready to view in the telescope’s eyepiece. Fix this by exiting StarSense mode and pressing the StarSense icon button. Although some expensive eyepieces and filters reduce this defect, you can’t get rid of it completely. If you answer yes, then the smartphone will automatically use your current location whenever it is used. When I am centering my smartphone’s camera over the StarSense dock, I’m noticing reflections and/or double images in the field of view. Can StarSense Explorer find astronomical objects to view, such as the Moon or Venus, during the day? Greasing the focuser is a good solution, but most beginners won’t want to deal with that. If it is not properly centered, the dock will block the camera’s view, preventing StarSense Explorer from “sensing” enough stars. I notice there is an option called “Save Images & Logs” in the Menu. What’s going on? For the most accurate telescope pointing, it is a good idea to align the smartphone camera and telescope every time the smartphone is removed and replaced in the StarSense dock. Pinch in to zoom out, and pinch out to zoom in. One of the most important factors in a telescope is its transmission—the percentage of light that reaches the focal plane. StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. StarSense Explorer™ LT 114AZ Smartphone App-Enabled Newtonian Reflector Telescope What can you see with Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ? - To adjust the X-axis tensioning, adjust the three X-axis tensioning screws shown in the images below. Since the smartphone is continually capturing images of the sky and processing them to determine the telescope’s current pointing position, StarSense Explorer uses more battery power than many typical astronomy apps. I think this is to prevent your smartphone from getting scratches and is appreciated. - There may be something in the camera’s field of view that is affecting the phone’s ability to “sense” stars, such as power lines, trees, or the edge of a building. The status messages say plate solving is unsuccessful and the app can’t find objects as a result. The app automatically obtains the current date and time information from your smartphone.SkyPortal, the free planetarium app from Celestron, does have the ability to change the date and time to display how the sky would look in the past or in the future. Setting up is brilliantly easy. The 102mm is a limiting factor, especially if you are living near light-polluted areas. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about this beyond waiting for a clearer night to observe. StarSense Explorer only shows the sky as it currently appears. 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 beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. If the StarSense Explorer app and StarSense dock essentially turn my smartphone into a “smart finderscope,” why do the telescopes include a StarPointer red-dot finderscope? 1) Connect your iPhone to a computer with a USB Lightning cable. If butter-smooth motion and rock-solid stability is necessary for you, StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ is not a model to go for. The Camera Setup Assistant will appear the first time you do a camera alignment. The age of smartphone and telescope symbiosis was already here; now it is real. This telescope control software replaces the hand control and allows the user to remotely control their Celestron computerized telescope from their personal PC or laptop. The planetarium view utilizes “pinch to zoom” technology. If your model is listed, your smartphone is compatible. 102mm (4”) refractor with high transmission XLT optical coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects.