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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6-inch Telescope

Analyse the night sky and track objects, starts and more with your smartphone. Unlocking the stars and how they are painted across the sky - no telescope experience is required. Award-winning and patented StarSense sky recognition technology uses your smartphone to analyse star patterns overhead and calculate their position in real-time. The StarSense Explorer app is brilliantly developed, it will generate a list of objects currently visible. Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites, the darker the area, the more you will be able to observe. 

  • Smartphone Compatibility
  • Patented StarSense Sky Recognition Technology
  • High-Quality Altazimuth Mount with Slow Motion Control

Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky.

Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyse the night sky and calculate its position in real-time. This special edition Popular Science by Celestron 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 computerised 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

Popular Science by Celestron 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.

Patented StarSense Sky Recognition Technology

StarSense Explorer uses patented 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-inch 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 Pleiades Open Star Cluster.  While the StarSense Explorer DX 130 Newtonian has a slightly larger aperture, the 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain has twice the focal length of the 130, allowing higher magnification for better lunar and planetary views.

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, the Popular Science by Celestron 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 5” Schmidt-Cassegrain and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach.

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Telescopes

Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture
150mm
Focal Length
1500mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
Included Eyepiece Focal Length
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 40mm
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2: 10mm
Included Eyepiece Magnification
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 38x
Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 150x
Finderscope
StarPointer™ red dot finderscope
Star Diagonal
Erect image 90°
Mount Type
Manual Alt-Azimuth
Tripod
Yes, 1.72kg
Power Source
None
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What's in the box

  • Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" Telescope
  • Optical tube 
  • Mount and tripod (preassembled) 
  • 40mm and 10mm eyepieces 
  • Erect image diagonal 
  • StarPointer finderscope 
  • Accessory tray 
  • StarSense Explorer phone dock
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

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