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USB Hand Control

In April 2016, Celestron began shipping NexStar+ and StarSense hand controls with a mini-USB port on the bottom of the hand control.  This port is actually a connection to a USB to serial adapter inside the hand control.  As such, once you connect to it, your computer will have a serial port that your astronomy software will interface with.  Windows, Mac and Linux will all require a driver to create this serial port.  Once the driver is installed, a serial port, designated by a number, will be present on your computer.  Configure your astronomy software to connect to this port.  You can find information about the correct cable to connect to this port and the required driver in the PC, Mac, Tablet and Smartphone Control section of this website. 


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