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The NexStar User's Guide II
for the LCM, SLT, SE, CPC, SkyProdigy and Astro Fi


Overview of the Book

The NexStar User's Guide was the first book dedicated to Celestron's very popular line of NexStar GoTo telescopes. This fully updated edition covers the newest alt-azimuth computerized scopes from Celestron. Detailed information on the alignment and operation of these scopes provides a complete reference that expands greatly upon the manuals provided by Celestron. Details are provided on each model allowing owners to enjoy trouble-free use of their telescope and providing the information a prospective buyer needs to make a smart purchasing decision. It also covers the StarSense system and the SkyPortal app in complete detail.

Additional Info

Where to Purchase the Book
Contents and Excerpts
Downloads and Online Resources
Updates and Corrections
The First Edition of The NexStar User's Guide

Extensive information on connecting and controller the telescope with PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones is provided. A chapter is devoted to updating the firmware in the hand control, mount and StarSense camera. Chapters on accessories, collimation, maintenance and troubleshooting tips round out the book's expansive coverage. Additionally, the book offers a brief, but thorough, introduction to amateur astronomy, making it an ideal source for both the beginner to astronomy as well as the seasoned veteran looking to get the most out of a new telescope.

See Contents and Excepts for the complete Table of Contents.

Be sure to visit the Updates and Corrections link above for the latest information related to these telescopes. Provide your comments and suggestions HERE. No reader quotes are posted without permission from the sender.

Reader Quotes for the First Edition

"The great 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

"I 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

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Highlights of the Book

  • The author is an active participant in online discussions, creator of the most popular NexStar-related web site on the Internet ( and tests equipment and firmware for Celestron.
  • Basic astronomy concepts are presented for the beginner in a brief, clear format.
  • Information is provided on each model 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.
  • Basic operation of both the hand controls and SkyPortal are covered in detail to provide a complete reference and to supplement scarce and sometimes confusing information in the owner's manual.
  • 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), tablets and smartphones to interface with and supplement the basic operation of the telescope.
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Pages: 275
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319649320
  • ISBN-10: 3319649329

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