The NexStar User's Guide
A new edition of this book is
available: The NexStar User's
Guide II for the LCM, SLT, SE, CPC, SkyProdigy and Astro Fi! - click
HERE for details.
This first edition covers the original NexStar 5/8, the NexStar 5i/8i/8i
Special Edition, the NexStar GT series and the NexStar 8/9.25/11 GPS.
Overview of the Book
The NexStar User's Guide is the first book dedicated to Celestron's very
popular line of NexStar GoTo telescopes. This book caters to the needs of both the
beginning and more advanced amateur astronomer. The NexStar line is
presented in detail allowing owners to enjoy trouble-free use of their
telescope and providing the information a prospective buyer needs to make a
smart purchasing decision.
This section of the web site was created both for promoting and
supplementing the book. Be sure to visit the Updates and
Corrections link above for the latest information on NexStar
telescopes. Provide your
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The NexStar User's Guide was written in 2003, before the release of the
CGE, CGE Pro, CGEM and Advanced Series scopes and the book does not address these German
equatorial mounts. The CPC, LCM, SLT and SE series were also released after
the book was written, however you will find that coupled with my
Control Version 4 User's Guide (free download), the book is
applicable to these models.
strength of your book, besides its content, is that it speaks
clearly, and in a "friendly" manner, that doesn't assume much in
the way of prior astronomical/telescopic knowledge, yet it
doesn't "talk down" to the reader. I know that I will return to
it as a reference a lot in the future." - Gary Gotch
"Very pleased with it - good mix
of material to support the beginner to NexStar scopes (GOTO
class of scopes) and some advanced insight to using the scope
that I had not discovered until I read the book (that is always
good sign the book is a keeper)." - James
would like to let you know that I am finding your book, 'The
NexStar User's Guide' useful to the point of being
indispensable. It is not simply a good guide to the NexStar
Computerized Goto Mounts, but also provides a thorough grounding
for learning Observational Astronomy."
- Peter J. A. Bilitch
"My copy of The NexStar User's
Guide arrived yesterday and I must congratulate you on a most
worthy endeavor. The book is excellent and addresses relevant
issues of critical importance to NexStar owners. [I am using,
currently, a NexStar 5]. Thanks so much for putting together
this outstanding reference source." - Dr. James E. Gilbert
Reader comments on Amazon.com
Highlights of the
- The author is an active participant in online discussions, creator of the
most popular NexStar-related web site on the Internet
(http://www.NexStarSite.com) and tests NexStar telescopes for Celestron.
- Basic astronomy concepts are presented for the beginner in a brief,
- Information is provided on each model of NexStar telescope and advice
is given to aid in selecting the model best suited to the individual.
- The alignment process, critical to achieve accurate GoTo performance,
is detailed in its own chapter. The new alignment methods introduced
with the newer CPC, LCM, SE and SLT scopes are detailed in the Updates and Corrections
section linked above or more conveniently in my
Control Version 4 User's Guide (free download).
- Basic operation is covered in detail to provide a complete reference
and to supplement scarce and sometimes confusing information in the
- A chapter is provided to encourage the reader to expand viewing
targets beyond just 'hunt and peck' on the hand control.
- Additional chapters provide details on accessories, maintenance,
collimation and other practical information.
- A chapter is devoted to the use of personal computers (PCs) and
personal digital assistants (PDAs) to supplement the features of the
- Provides documentation for most RS-232 commands, including some not
documented by Celestron.
- Provides information for mounting other optical tubes to the NexStar
- Publisher: Springer
- Pages: 315
- Figures: 115, including more than 20 full-color astrophotographs
- ISBN: 1852337141
- Cover price: $29.95 (USD)