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Contents and Excerpts

Excerpts coming soon!

Chapter 1 - Introduction familiarizes the reader with the world of computerized consumer telescopes and provides a history of the NexStar line.

Chapter 2 - Astronomy Basics is an introduction to the world of amateur astronomy. Concepts presented here will provide the background knowledge required to become more than just a "button pusher".

Chapter 3 - Overview of Celestron's Alt-Az Computerized Telescopes provides information on each model to assist you in choosing the scope that best suits your needs.

Chapter 4 - Alignment details the various alignment procedures insuring your scope delivers accurate GoTo performance. If you are having problems getting your scope to point accurately, this chapter will have it whipped into shape in no time.

Chapter 5 - NexStar and StarSense Hand Control Operation is a detailed presentation of the operation of the physical hand controls. If the manual provided with the telescope leaves you wondering, this is the place to start.

Chapter 6 - SkyPortal Operation details the operation of the mount via a WiFi connected tablet or smartphone running Celestron's SkyPortal app.

Chapter 7 - Connecting a PC, Mac, Tablet or Smartphone to Your Telescope - All of Celestron's computerized telescopes are capable of interfacing with an external computer to allow advanced control via a wide variety of astronomy software.

Chapter 8 - Expanding Your Horizons - Choosing Objects to View is written for the new amateur astronomer. After the Moon, planets, and built-in Tour, how do you decide what to view?

Chapter 9 - Accessories for Your Telescope provides recommendations on tripods, eyepieces, power sources and more.

Chapter 10 - Firmware Updates - Celestron periodically updates the firmware for their hand controls and mounts to fix bugs or add new features. This chapter explains the update process in detail.

Chapter 11 - Collimation, Maintenance, Care and Cleaning provides the details you need to properly align your telescope's optics to insure the best possible optical performance and to keep your scope running like new for years to come.

Chapter 12 - Tips, Solutions and Troubleshooting Common Problems - If it isn't answered somewhere else in the book, it's probably here.

Appendix A - Online Resources is a short guide to the wealth of information available on the Internet.

Appendix B - Glossary - If you run across an unfamiliar term as you are reading, hopefully I have included it in the glossary.


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