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Welcome to the NexStar Resource Site -
THE Internet Resource for All Models of NexStar, CPC, Evolution, Astro Fi, SkyProdigy, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM and AS-GT Telescopes!

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The NexStar User's Guide II
for the LCM, SLT, SE, CPC, SkyProdigy and Astro Fi with Complete Coverage of StarSense and SkyPortal
Now Available!
 

The NexStar User's Guide was the first all-NexStar book in print. The second edition is fully updated to include detailed information for the LCM, SLT, SE, CPC, SkyProdigy and Astro Fi models. It also covers the StarSense system and the SkyPortal app in detail. Visit the NexStar User's Guide section of the website to view the contents, excerpts from the book, updated information and links to the resources discussed in the book.

Thinking of introducing someone (or yourself) to amateur astronomy?  A NexStar SE or SLT scope and The NexStar User's Guide II are the perfect solution.  You get a great beginner's scope and a book that will help you learn both the scope and amateur astronomy.

 

NexStar Observer List (NSOL)
is a free PC control program for all models of  NexStar, Evolution, SkyProdigy, CPC, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM, CGX/CGX-L, AVX, AS-GT and Ultima 2000 scopes, as well as Tasco StarGuide scopes.  Click here to read more and download the latest version.

 

This site is devoted to the computerized "GoTo" telescopes from Celestron. Most of the models feature a computer hand control as standard equipment allowing the scope to automatically GoTo objects in its generous database. They track objects automatically as well.  Basic information about these scopes is available at the Celestron web site, but this site is a collection of information not found anywhere else. Two other great sources of information are the many Celestron-related Yahoo Groups and Cloudy Nights forums, (see Links above).

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What's New?

  • NexStar User's Guide II updated 10 Jul 2018 - added articles about SkyProdigy external computer connection issues and SkyProdigy firmware updates
  • Odds and Ends updated 22 May 2018 - added an article about mount capacity to the sections for alt-az mounts with removeable optical tubes (for example, the SLT and SE series)
  • Firmware Versions updated 17 May 2018 - Celestron has released new firmware for the CGEM and CGE Pro mounts
  • Odds and Ends updated 27 Apr 2018 - added an article discussing trouble focusing an SCT after installing StarSense
  • Odds and Ends updated 16 Mar 2018 - added section for StarSense AutoAlign
  • NexStar User's Guide II updated 9 Mar 2018 - added articles about factory settings and dealing with problems after firmware updates
  • Manuals updated 6 Mar 2018 - added sections for the Evolution, SkyProdigy, Astro Fi, SkyPortal WiFi Module and StarSense AutoAlign
  • Odds and Ends updated 20 Feb 2018 - added section for the SkyProdigy
  • Odds and Ends updated 30 Jan 2018 - added section for the Astro Fi
  • Firmware Versions updated 19 Jan 2018 - added sections for the Advanced VX, CGX and CGX-L mounts
  • Odds and Ends updated 14 Jan 2018 - added an article about using external power with the the NexStar Evolution
  • Odds and Ends updated 12 Jan 2018 - added section for the NexStar Evolution
  • Firmware Versions updated 9 Jan 2018 - added sections for NexStar Evolution, Astro Fi and SkyProdigy mounts
  • Firmware Versions updated 31 Dec 2017 - added section for the StarSense Camera and an "how to" article for updating the camera's firmware
  • The NexStar User's Guide II, Updates - Celestron has released updated StarSense firmware to fix the polar alignment bug - 22 Dec 2017
  • Firmware Versions updated 12 Dec 2017 - added section for CPC Deluxe HD
  • The NexStar User's Guide II is now shipping! - 1 Nov 2017
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 28 Oct 2017 - added an article for Troubleshooting WiFi Connection Problems and updated the information in the Troubleshooting Serial and USB Connection Problems article
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 1 May 2017 - new information and links for wireless connections
  • Firmware Versions updated 29 Apr 2017 - updated the "how to" upgrade article for the NexStar+ and StarSense hand control to include a link to Sascha Peilicke's article on upgrading firmware using a Linux computer
  • Firmware Versions updated 19 Apr 2017 - updated the "how to" upgrade article for the NexStar+ and StarSense hand control to include information about the new USB connector port
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 19 Apr 2017 - information about connecting to the new USB port hand controls
  • Odds and Ends updated 19 Apr 2017 - Celestron's latest hand controls have a USB port for connection to your PC/laptop
  • Links updated 15 Apr 2017 - Added Team Celestron - Celestron's official forum site for beta testers of their products.

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