Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ Review

The StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ is a 130mm aperture reflector telescope from Celestron. It’s part of their newest series of telescopes with have the name StarSense. This series is all about making the telescope almost one with your iPhone or Android device with the help of the StarSense app. This series also includes the StarSense DX 5″, StarSense DX 100AZ, StarSense LT 80AZ, StarSense LT 114AZ, StarSense DX 130AZ, StarSense 10″ Dobsonian, StarSense 8″ Dobsonian.

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  • UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SMARTPHONE: Let your iPhone or Android phone take you on a guided tour of the night sky—no telescope experience required. Just follow the arrows to locate stars, planets & more
  • PATENTED STARSENSE SKY RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY: This one-of-a-kind telescope uses patented, award-winning StarSense sky recognition technology and your smartphone to analyze star patterns overhead and calculate its position in real time.
  • STARSENSE EXPLORER APP: The app generates a list of the best objects to view based on your exact time & location. View planets, brighter nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters from the city PLUS fainter, deep sky objects from darker sites.
  • EASY TO SET UP AND USE: 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.
  • HIGH-QUALITY 130MM NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR: The 5" primary mirror features highly reflective coatings and enough light gathering ability to view craters on the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Pleiades Open Star Cluster.


One you open the box you will see all the components neatly fitted into 3 other boxes. One contains the optical tube, another the tripod and mount with the accessories and the last one contains the small optics.


The optical telescope is very similar to what we’ve become accustomed to expect from a company like Celestron. Great optics that you can enjoy a lifetime.

Tripod and Mount

The tripod that comes in the box is a full tripod and is quite sturdy. One thing Celestron needed to get right with this telescope is the tripod and mount. The mount is the place where you will find the smartphone dock as well.


The accessories that come with the telescope are the two eyepieces:

  • 25mm Kellner Eyepiece that can offer up to a 26x magnification
  • 10mm Kellner Eyepiece that can offer up to a 65x magnification

Then you also have a red dot finderscope for the times when you want to use the telescope without your phone.

And the last piece in the box, but very important, is the slow motion control rod.


When it comes to the price, the Celestron Star Sense DX 130AZ is decently priced for what it can do.


Fully assembled everything weights about 18 lb (8kg) so it’s somewhat light. Not a travel telescope per se but it can be used if travelling by car since everything is compacted and the set-up takes minutes. Not that suitable for backpacking though.

Technical Specifications:

Optical DesignNewtonian Reflector
Focal Length650mm
Focal Ratiof/5
Limiting Magnitude13.1
  • Manufacturer - 9.8/10
  • Optics - 9.5/10
  • Value - 9.6/10
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