Celestron Reinvents Sky Exploration For Novices And Introduces Robust Sky Mapping Solution

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 6, 2020  -- Celestron, an industry leader for more than 50 years in high-quality telescopes and other premier optical consumer goods, today announced a revolutionary new telescope designed to reinvent the way people of all technical expertise levels and stargazing experience explore the universe. The StarSense Explorer is the world's first consumer telescope to affordably offer sophisticated sky recognition technology used by professional observatories, in collaboration with existing smartphone camera hardware, to quickly determine telescope positioning, facilitate sky mapping and seamlessly guide users to thousands of celestial objects.



Until now, utilizing a telescope and navigating the sky was a time-consuming and complicated process. The inability to locate and identify objects often left novices frustrated and disillusioned with sky exploration. The StarSense Explorer introduces an unmatched level of user-friendliness and eliminates the guesswork to deliver a vastly more rewarding user experience. In addition, the StarSense Explorer features a comprehensive interactive database that provides informative details on celestial objects, making the product also a valuable celestial reference guide and STEM-focused learning tool.

The StarSense Explorer offers unprecedented ease-of-use. Users simply position either an Android or iOS smartphone in the innovative telescope-mounted dock and launch the included StarSense Explorer phone app. The app features a unique guidance system that allows users to simply follow on-screen arrows to precisely and easily locate a desired object, without requiring a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.

The StarSense Explorer project was covertly in development for more than two years and incorporates Celestron's six decades of celestial navigation experience and optical innovations, resulting in a product that is an affordable introduction to sky viewing without compromising the quality and performance that has long been associated with the Celestron brand. The StarSense Explorer is now available for immediate shipment and offered in four variations, including the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ, a 130mm reflector-type telescope ($399.95). Refractor-type versions are also available.

"The industry's first smartphone-driven auto-locating telescope, StarSense Explorer, finally offers thousands of consumers who were previously overwhelmed or daunted by telescopes a seamless and accessible path to sky exploration that is easy, affordable and visually breathtaking," said Corey Lee, CEO, Celestron. "The StarSense Explorer provides sophisticated sky mapping technology and our latest telescope innovations at a tremendous value."

StarSense Explorer is a registered trademark of Celestron. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. iOS is a registered trademark of Cisco. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

About Celestron

Celestron envisions a global community where the exploration of the universe is accessible, informative and enlightening. For more than half a century, the California-based company has been the world's most recognized telescope brand and the provider of premier consumer skygazing products. Celestron's iconic "orange tube" telescopes have become ubiquitous within the field of astronomy and the company offers the largest product selection within the telescope industry. To learn more about Celestron's new products visit celestron.com or join our Facebook community at Facebook.com/celestron. For further information about StarSense Explorer, please visit Celestron.com/ssetelescopes