Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ - Smartphone app-enabled refractor telescope
Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky—no telescope experience required with the LT 80 AZ. Celestron Refractor - Less powerful than the Celestron StarSense Reflectors for astronomy but can also be used for daytime viewing. Award-winning and Patent-pending StarSense sky recognition technology uses your smartphone to analyze star patterns overhead and calculate its position in real time. Check phone compatibility here. StarSense Explorer app automatically generates a list of objects currently visible. View planets, brighter nebulae and galaxies, star clusters, and double stars from the city. Or take your telescope to darker skies to view faint, deep sky objects. Manual altazimuth mount with smooth, dual-axis slow-motion controls makes it easy to follow the on-screen arrows to your desired target. When the bullseye turns green, it’s ready to view in the telescope’s eyepiece. 80mm refractor with fully coated glass optics for bright, sharp views. Includes 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, 2x Barlow Lens, StarSense smartphone dock, erect image diagonal, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), and a full-height tripod.
Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky—no telescope experience required with the LT 80 AZ.
Celestron Refractor - Less powerful than the Celestron StarSense Reflectors for astronomy but can also be used for daytime viewing.
- Award-winning and Patent-pending StarSense sky recognition technology uses your smartphone to analyze star patterns overhead and calculate its position in real time. Check phone compatibility here.
- StarSense Explorer app automatically generates a list of objects currently visible. View planets, brighter nebulae and galaxies, star clusters, and double stars from the city. Or take your telescope to darker skies to view faint, deep sky objects.
- Manual altazimuth mount with smooth, dual-axis slow-motion controls makes it easy to follow the on-screen arrows to your desired target. When the bullseye turns green, it’s ready to view in the telescope’s eyepiece.
- 80mm refractor with fully coated glass optics for bright, sharp views.
- Includes 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, 2x Barlow Lens, StarSense smartphone dock, erect image diagonal, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), and a full-height tripod.
Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. StarSense Explorer is ideal for beginners thanks to the app’s user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials. It’s like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky.
Dock, Launch, Explore
Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerized mounts behind. With StarSense Explorer, locating objects has never been easier, faster, or more accurate. Within minutes of setting up the telescope, 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 (a quick, 2-minute procedure), StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you as you to move the telescope. When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green.
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. For a complete compatibility list, click here.
Patent-Pending StarSense Sky Recognition Technology
StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA), like the ones satellites use in orbit to correctly reorient themselves, helps the app match star patterns it detects overhead to its internal database.
While other astronomy apps may claim that they can help you find objects, they rely exclusively on the phone’s gyros and accelerometers, which aren’t as accurate as LISA technology. No other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece.
Sturdy Altazimuth Mount
StarSense Explorer LT’s simple altazimuth mount makes it easy to move the telescope to find your target. An altitude slow motion adjustment with a sliding rod helps you fine tune the telescope’s pointing position and follow targets as they appear to drift across the night sky. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod.
Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics
You can expect sharp, bright views through this 80mm refractor. Fully coated glass optics provide increased light transmission, enhancing details in celestial objects. The telescope also includes a 90-degree erect image diagonal, so you can use it during the day to view birds, wildlife, landscapes, and more.
Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites
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.
But if you can take the telescope to an even slightly darker location, more objects will become visible. The entire telescope kit weighs just 9.2 pounds / 4.2 kg, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site.
Everything You Need to Observe Immediately
When you unbox your new StarSense Explorer LT, you’ll find:
- 80mm refractor optical tube
- StarSense dock for your smartphone
- Low powered (25mm) and high powered (10mm) eyepiece
- 2x Barlow lens to double the power of each eyepiece
- 90-degree erect image diagonal
- StarPointer red dot finderscope, perfect for using the telescope during the day or without the StarSense Explorer app
- Altazimuth mount with slow motion control rod
- Full-height tripod with an accessory tray to keep you organized
Includes These Celestron Technologies
OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
|Focal Length||900mm (35.43")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1||25mm (0.98")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||36x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 2||10mm (0.39")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 2||90x|
|Barlow Lens||2x (1.25")|
|Finderscope||StarPointer™ red dot finderscope|
|Star Diagonal||Erect image 90° (1.25")|
|Highest Useful Magnification||189x|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||11x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||12|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||1.74 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Dawes)||1.45 arc seconds|
|Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)||131x|
|Optical Coatings||Fully-Coated glass optics|
|Optical Tube Length||965mm (38")|
|Optical Tube Diameter||90mm (3.54")|
|Optical Tube Weight||5.4 lbs (2.45 kg)|
|Mount Type||Manual Alt-Azimuth|
|Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)||Aluminum, 1320.8mm (52") max height|
|Tripod Leg Diameter||31.75mm (1.25") steel|
|Tripod Weight||3.8 lbs (1.72 kg)|
|GPS||Uses phone's GPS|
|Power Requirements||None (Recommend PowerTank Glow to keep phone charged while using app)|
|Alignment Procedures||Use StarSense Explorer app|
|Software||StarSense Explorer app | SkyPortal app | Celestron Starry Night Basic Edition Software|
|Total Kit Weight||9.2 lbs (4.17 kg)|
|Included Items||Telescope tube | Mount/tripod (preassembled) | 25mm & 10mm eyepieces | Erect image diagonal | 2x Barlow lens | StarPointer&trade finderscope | Accessory tray | StarSense Explorer phone dock|
Awards & Press
- EDISON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY’S LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES GOLD WINNER 2020
- Celestron took gold! With over 3K entries worldwide, our StarSense Explorer won gold in the Edison Awards’ Learning Technologies category. StarSense Explorer has truly revolutionized amateur astronomy for the better.
- IHS MARKIT SHOWSTOPPERS CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD
- IDA DESIGN AWARD – EDUCATION/TEACHING AIDS GOLD WINNER 2019
- IDA DESIGN AWARD – EDUCATION/SELF LEARNING DEVICE SILVER WINNER 2019
- It’s an irresistible proposition from amateur astronomers and other stargazers: Get the capabilities of a professional observatory in a telescope that costs less than $500
- If you’ve ever hunted for stars using a low-cost telescope, you’ll appreciate Celestron’s new StarSense Explorer telescopes.
- POPULAR SCIENCE
- One of my favorite products that I cam across today [CES Show Stopper] uses some of the simplest tech to achieve its purpose.
My partner absolutely loves this, the guiding app on the phone makes it great for beginners. Easy to assemble.
Okay and easy to use. Tripod not as sturdy as I thought it would be so can wobble easily in very light wind. But to be honest, the weather has been against me since owning it, so not seen it’s full potential yet, I have really only view the moon and Mars. Mars was just a dot. Hope to get clear sky’s soon.