- Unleash the power of your smartphone to take you on a guided tour of the night sky—no telescope experience required.
award-winning StarSense sky recognition technology uses your smartphone
to analyze star patterns overhead and calculate the telescope’s
position in real-time.
large 8” parabolic primary mirror with XLT coatings helps you make the
most of StarSense technology. Locate faint, deep-sky objects in seconds
and see them in more detail than ever before.
sturdy, Dobsonian-style base with large diameter bearings and variable
altitude tensioning 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.
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
see even more.
a 25mm Plössl eyepiece, a 2” Crayford focuser, the StarSense smartphone
dock, a StarPointer™ red dot finderscope, an eyepiece rack, and a
With the StarSense Explorer 8" Dobsonian Optical Tube Assembly, Celestron
has reinvented the Dobsonian telescope with the StarSense Explorer–the
first Dobsonian that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and
calculate its position in real time. This large-aperture Celestron
StarSense Explorer is ideal for serious 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. The large aperture will ensure
that you won't outgrow the telescope as you continue on your
Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and
computerized 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 and easy
procedure), the StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects
currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear on-screen,
guiding you as you move the telescope. When the object is ready to view
in the eyepiece, the bullseye turns green. As you observe, listen to
hundreds of audio descriptions and view detailed information about
thousands of objects within the app's robust database.
With its 8" Newtonian reflector optical tube, this telescope has enough
light-gathering ability to bring out impressive detail in celestial
objects while remaining remarkably portable. You can expect sharp,
bright views of Jupiter's four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great
Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the gaseous glow of the Orion Nebula,
dust lanes in the Lagoon Nebula, and our neighbor galaxy, Andromeda.
Compared to the StarSense Explorer DX 130 AZ, the 8" Dobsonian has 240%
more light gathering area, providing better views of faint objects.
All mirror surfaces are coated with Celestron's XLT optical coatings to
visibly increase contrast and light throughput for brighter views. With
XLT, you'll be able to discern subtle details while viewing the moon and
planets, as well as faint galaxies and nebulae. The mirrors are made of
low-expansion optical glass, which helps ensure the best images under
changing environmental conditions. This telescope also comes with a
high-quality 2" Crayford focuser. The Crayford design provides precise
and smooth movements without focus shifting. It also includes a 2" to
1.25" adapter and a 2" extension tube, so you can use virtually any
1.25" or 2" telescope eyepiece with your StarSense Explorer Dobsonian.
The focuser also features a thumbscrew so you can lock in the sharpest