Simplify star-gazing with a remote-controlled robotic Wi-Fi telescope

Telescope connects wirelessly to your mobile device to simplify space navigation

It can be pretty simple to pinpoint certain stars with a regular old telescope, but if you’re just gazing into the night sky, all those constellations and planets can be harder to identify. With Celestron’s NexStar Evolution Wi-Fi-enabled telescope, you can figure out exactly what you’re looking at overhead.

Because it shows up as an access point in a smartphone or tablet’s list of available networks, the Celestron NexStar telescope lets you control it by tapping areas on a star-map app once connected. Simply choose a celestial body and the telescope’s motorized mount and fork arm will automatically position the scope.


The Celestron NexStar telescope wirelessly connects to your mobile device. Image via Wired

To pair the telescope with the app, all you have to do is point it at three bright objects in the sky. From there, the “SkyAlign” configuration system can figure out what it’s looking at and react to your app-controlled maneuvers by using the mobile device’s GPS coordinates, the date, and the time of day. The telescope’s robotic arm is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gets up to 10 hours of usage per charge.

There are three different versions of the telescope that will be available in May. The 6-inch model will go for $1,200, the 8-inch model will go for $1,600, and 9.25-inch model will cost $2,100.

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