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Welcome to the NexStar Resource Site -
THE Internet Resource for All Models
of NexStar, CPC, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM and AS-GT Telescopes!

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The NexStar User's Guide
COMING October, 2017: The NexStar User's Guide II for the LCM, SLT, SE, CPC, SkyProdigy and Astro Fi! 
The NexStar User's Guide is the first all-NexStar book in print.  Visit the link above to view the contents, excerpts from the book, updated information and links to the resources discussed in the book.

Thinking of getting someone (or yourself) into astronomy?  A NexStar SE or SLT scope and The NexStar User's Guide are the perfect solution.  You get a great beginner's scope and a book, coupled with this site, that will help you learn both the scope and amateur astronomy.


NexStar Observer List (NSOL)
is a free PC control program for all models of NexStar, StarSeeker, CPC, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM, Advanced Series GoTo (AS-GT) and Ultima 2000 scopes, as well as Tasco StarGuide scopes.  Version 2.6.4 was released on 4 July 2004.  Click here to read more and download the latest version.

Pocket NexStar Observer List (PNSOL)
is a free Pocket PC program for all current NexStar, CPC, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM and AS-GT telescopes.  Version 1 was released on 4 July 2004.  Click here for more details.

The NexStar, CPC, LCM, CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM and AS-GT telescopes are computerized "GoTo" scopes from Celestron.  Most of the models feature a computer hand control as standard equipment allowing the scope to automatically "GoTo" objects in its generous database.   They track objects automatically as well.  Basic information about these scopes is available at the Celestron web site, but this site is a collection of information not found anywhere else.  Two other great source of information are the many Celestron-related Yahoo Groups and Cloudy Night's forums, (see Links above).  The folks on these groups are quite friendly and don't mind questions from someone trying to make up their mind about a purchase or just looking for information about their telescope.

Clear Skies!
Mike Swanson

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What's New?

  • Firmware Versions updated 19 Apr 2017 - updated the "how to" upgrade article for the NexStar+ and StarSense hand control to include information about the new USB connector port
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 19 Apr 2017 - information about connecting to the new USB port hand controls
  • Odds and Ends updated 19 Apr 2017 - Celestron's latest hand controls have a USB port for connection to your PC/laptop
  • Links updated 15 Apr 2017 - Added Team Celestron - Celestron's official forum site for beta testers of their products.
  • Odds and Ends updated 2 Mar 2017 - updated Hand Control Compatibility article to improve clarity
  • Odds and Ends updated 24 Jan 2017 - added article explaining how to fix Boot Loader Invalid Pkg Errors on the NexStar+ hand control
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 23 Jan 2017 - complete rewrite to simplify and to add wireless control
  • Firmware Versions updated 21 Jan 2017 - Celestron has posted an official document detailing all firmware versions for the NexStar+ hand control as well as their newest mounts.  Visit any of the firmware version page for any of the models compatible with the NexStar+ hand control
  • PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone Control updated 10 Feb 2016 - added Celestron SkyPortal to the list of programs compatible with NexStar scopes

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