Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Review

The StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ is a 102mm aperture refractor telescope from Celestron that is part of their new series entitled “StarSense.”

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Celestron – StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Smartphone App-Enabled Telescope – Works with StarSense App to Help You Find Stars, Planets & More – 102mm Refractor – iPhone/Android Compatible
  • 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 102MM REFRACTOR: Fully coated glass optics provide bright, sharp, clear views of craters on the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Pleiades Open Star Cluster.
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Review
  • Brand - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Optics - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Portability - 9.4/10
    9.4/10
  • Value - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Mount - 9.2/10
    9.2/10

Summary

From all the telescopes that are part of the StarSense series from Celestron this particular telescopes is the one with the largest aperture while still being a refractor. Which means it’s suitable for beginner who don’t want to worry about a steep learning curve when starting to use it as well as low maintenance while also being able to gather enough light to see a multitude of sky objects with increased clarity.

And the most important feature of all, the ability to “connect” with the StarSense app in order to easily point toward the object you want to observe. One of the most difficult things for a new star gazer is the ability to find object all by their own. So the StarSense Sky Align patented technology from Celestron takes that pain away while also acting as your personal and all-knowing guide to the night sky.

Overall
9.4/10
9.4/10

Pros

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to setup and easy to use
  • StarSense technology for easy finding of the stars

Cons

  • You will need a smartphone to download the StarSense app

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