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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
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Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky—no telescope experience required with the DX  6" Schmidt Cassegrain. 

Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain - More powerful for astronomy 

  • 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.
  • 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects.
  • Includes 40mm 10mm eyepieces, StarSense smartphone dock, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), an erect image diagonal, and a sturdy, 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 DX  6" Schmidt Cassegrain.  Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain - More powerful for astronomy  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. 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects. Includes 40mm 10mm eyepieces, StarSense smartphone dock, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), an erect image diagonal, and a sturdy, 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 DX  6" Schmidt Cassegrain. 

Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain - More powerful for astronomy 

  • 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.
  • 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects.
  • Includes 40mm 10mm eyepieces, StarSense smartphone dock, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), an erect image diagonal, and a sturdy, full-height tripod. 

Descripton

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.

Smartphone Compatibility

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 orient 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.

High Quality Altazimuth Mount with Slow Motion Control

An ultra-stable altazimuth mount provides a sturdy foundation for StarSense Explorer DX. Slip clutches and geared slow motion controls in both axes help you move the telescope smoothly and zero in your target. As celestial objects appear to drift across the night sky, you’ll be able to follow them with just a few turns of the knobs. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod.

Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics

With a large 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube—Celestron’s tried-and-true optical design for over 50 years—this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out impressive detail in celestial objects while remaining compact and lightweight. 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.

All air-to-glass surfaces are coated with our StarBright XLT optical coatings to visibly increase contrast and light transmission for brighter deep space views. With StarBright XLT, you’ll be able to discern subtle details while viewing the Moon and planets as well as faint galaxies and nebulae. For more information about our patented StarBright XLT coatings, visit here.

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. With this 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach.

 

 

 Specifications

OPTICAL TUBE INFO:     

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture

150mm (6")

Focal Length

1500mm (59")

Focal Ratio

f/10

Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

40mm (1.57")

Magnification of Eyepiece 1

38x

Focal Length of Eyepiece 2

10mm (0.39")

Magnification of Eyepiece 2

150x

Barlow Lens

Not Included

Finderscope

StarPointer™ red dot finderscope

Star Diagonal

Erect image 90° (1.25")

Optical Tube

Aluminum

Highest Useful Magnification

354x

Lowest Useful Magnification

21x

Limiting Stellar Magnitude

13.4

Resolution (Rayleigh)

0.93 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.77 arc seconds

Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)

459x

Secondary Mirror Obstruction

56mm (2.2")

Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter

37%

Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area

14%

Optical Coatings

StarBright XLT

Optical Tube Length

406mm (16")

Optical Tube Diameter

184.15mm (7.25")

Optical Tube Weight

10 lbs (4.54 kg)

Dovetail

CG-5 Dovetail Bar

 

MOUNT INFO:  

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

Accessory Tray

Yes

Tripod Weight

3.8 lbs (1.72 kg)

Slew Speeds

Manual

GPS

Uses phone's GPS

Dovetail Compatibility

CG-5

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

14 lbs (6.35 kg)

Included Items

Optical tube | Mount and tripod (preassembled) | 40mm and 10mm eyepieces | Erect image diagonal | StarPointer finderscope | Accessory tray | StarSense Explorer phone dock

 

Solar Warning   

Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.

Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.

Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

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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
  • NEWSWEEK
    • 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
  • WIRED 
    • 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.

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