Dock. Launch. Observe.
Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ, the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyse the night sky and calculate its position in real time. The 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. Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerised mounts behind. With the 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.
An ultra-stable altazimuth mount provides a sturdy foundation for the StarSense Explorer DX. Slip clutches and geared slow motion controls in both axes help you move the telescope smoothly and zero in on 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.
With a large 130mm (5”) objective lens, this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out impressive detail in 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 beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. Highly reflective coatings on both the primary and secondary mirror enhance the views even more. 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 5” Newtonian and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach. The entire telescope kit weighs just 8.16kgs, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site.
Smartphone shown in images not included.
|Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky, no telescope experience required
|Award-winning and patented StarSense sky recognition technology uses your smartphone to analyse star patterns overhead and calculate its position in real time|
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|
|130mm (5”) Newtonian reflector with highly reflective coatings and enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects|
|Includes 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, StarSense smartphone dock, a red dot finderscope (in case you want to use the telescope without your phone), and a sturdy, full-height tripod|
|Mount Type||Manual Alt-Azimuth|
|Height Adjustment Range (includes mount and tripod)||Aluminium, 1244.6mm (49") max height|
|Tripod Leg Diameter||N/A|
|Tripod Weight||9.2 lbs (4.17 kg)|
|GPS||Uses phone's GPS|
|Dovetail Compatibility||CG-5 dovetail|
||None (Recommend PowerTank Glow to keep phone charged while using App)|
|Alignment Procedures||Use StarSense Explorer App
|Software||StarSense Explorer App, SkyPortal App and Celestron Starry Night Basic Edition Software|
|Total Kit Weight||18 lbs (8.16kg)|
|Included Items||Optical tube
Mount and tripod (preassembled)
25mm and 10mm eyepieces
StarSense Explorer phone dock
|Manufacturers Warranty||2 Years|
Optical Tube Information
|Optical Design||Newtonian Reflector|
|Focal Length||650mm (25.59")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||26x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 2||10mm (0.39")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 2||65x|
|Finderscope||StarPointer™ red dot finderscope|
|Barlow Lens||Not included|
|Highest Useful Magnification||307x|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||19x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||13.1|
||1.07 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.89 arc seconds|
|Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||34%|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
||Glass mirrors coated with aluminum and SiO₂|
|Optical Tube Length
|Optical Tube Diameter||165mm (6.49")|
|Optical Tube Weight||8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)|
|Dovetail||CG-5 Dovetail bar|
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